Schoolwork should be challenging. Staying healthy at school shouldn’t be.
The start of a new school year is a perfect time for parents to encourage kids to adopt habits that promote good health. Proper hygiene, good nutrition and regular exercise all play a role in keeping kids in prime shape to hit the books.
Classrooms can be a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Younger children are particularly vulnerable, since their immune systems are not fully developed. Colds spread easily. A child sneezes and others sitting nearby may get sick.
Teaching youngsters simple preventive measures can make all the difference for keeping illness at bay. Before the first school bell rings, tell your kids to:
Heading back to school at summer’s end can sometimes elicit a stress response, and not just for the kids. School schedules can upend a parent’s routine as well.
However, this seasonal transition can be smooth sailing with some planning, time management and a little mental preparation.
Here are some tips to avoid back-to-school stress and ease into the new school year:
With the arrival of warm summer weather, people are getting outdoors more often and – hopefully – also getting more exercise. Summer is also a great time to work on improving your daily diet. One of the best ways to do so is by upping your intake of fruits and vegetables – those powerhouses of vitamins, minerals and fiber. In summer, it’s easier than ever to make eating choices that are both healthy and delicious.
Despite a teenager’s adamant insistence that he or she is already an adult, the teen is still acquiring new skills and taking on new responsibilities yet to be mastered – such as driving. It’s therefore important to teach them the rules of the road and the importance of safety.
These days, dad is joining mom in the quest to “do it all.” Balancing job, childcare and housework is increasingly the goal of both parents.
Indeed, dads today are active co-parents and sometimes even primary caregivers. This takes energy, which requires a focus on fitness. After all, dad can’t run after the kids if he’s struggling to get off of the couch after a hard day of vacuuming.
Even as dads are stepping up, the digital world is stepping in, with a host of health-promoting “apps” (short for “applications” software used on smartphones or other mobile device). Here are some great health and fitness apps for dads that are free or inexpensive to download. Check to see if they’re compatible with the operating system on dad’s mobile device: