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Get Ready for the Upcoming School Year!
With summer coming to an end, preparing your family for the upcoming school year is an important item on your 'to-do' list. Aside from the usual suspects on this list - notebooks, pencils, backpacks and the like - what else do you have written down? How about a meal plan to keep your family eating healthy and fresh meals? A reminder to make appointments for physicals and vaccinations?
Getting off on the right foot early on is key, but it can be hard to stay on track. There are some easy ways, however, to maintain a general sense of wellness for your family in your everyday life. Making simple changes to your routine such as walking with your kids to school instead of driving can have a big impact on your family's overall well being. Check out some recommendations below on easy ways to get organized for a healthy and happy new school year!
- Make social and physical activity one in the same. Enroll your child in a soccer league or tennis clinic. Schedule play dates for after school on the playground instead of at the house where they may be tempted to play video games. When friends and fun are involved, the activity becomes a pleasure!
- Schedule an appointment for your child's annual physical in advance. These appointments are meant for any general questions you may have about your child's health and development and will provide comfort to you, the parent, knowing your child is in the best physical shape for the impending school year.
- Pick out healthy recipes for your meals and keep the staple ingredients on hand. When breakfast, lunch, or dinner are not pre-planned, it's easy to resort to something quick, easy, and unhealthy. Keeping healthy ingredients in the kitchen to whip something quickly is a smart way to avoid the drive-thru window and frozen meals. Stock up the fridge with delicious veggies, lean meats, and fruits all year long!
- Reduce screen time. It's likely that aside from recess and gym class, your child will be sitting in a classroom all day once school is in full swing. While a full school day can be exhausting, encourage your child to spend time outside, turn off the television during dinner, or play a board game as a family.
A new school year is an exciting time to welcome learning, fun, and change. It's key to remember the healthy habits above will help make for a successful and happy school year for your whole family!