Health News

July 22, 2019

Healthy Tips for Back to School

Research shows that healthy children who exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals, and are emotionally balanced, have higher test scores and fewer behavioral problems. At SMGAZ, we want to do all we can to ensure your child has a safe and healthy school year. 

Below we share some valuable advice that will help parents get their children on track for a successful school year.

Backpack safety.

Wide, padded straps are recommended, and it is preferable that kids wear on both shoulders. Slinging a bookbag over one shoulder can cause damage or injury. Consider a rolling bag, if school allows it.  

Schedule sleep.

Getting proper sleep is vital to your child’s ability to focus and learn. Turn off all screens at least one hour before bed and set a consistent bedtime well before the school year starts to make sure you’re in a routine before the first day.

Importance of play.

Everyone can benefit from a little exercise. It helps build muscles, lowers blood pressure, and decreases risk of becoming overweight, but it can also help to alleviate some of those added school pressures and helps kids focus better. 

Get vaccinated.

Make sure your child is up-to-date on their shots. This includes getting a yearly flu vaccine. 

Drink water.

Send your child to school with a refillable water bottle to encourage hydration throughout the day.  Research shows dehydration may cause fatigue, crankiness and poor concentration.

Wash away germs.

The best way to prevent getting sick is to wash hands well with soap and water. Clipping hand sanitizers to backpacks is a good way to encourage use and will help to reduce the spread of germs while in school.