Healthy Kids: Back to School

It’s that time of the year again: summer’s drawing to a close and your kids are heading back to the class room. To ensure they’re at their healthiest and happiest follow our 8 term-time tips!

Re-establishing routines after the summer holidays is essential. Perhaps bed times have gotten later over the break, but it’s important that children get nine hours sleep every night if they’re to have the mental and physical energy to perform well at school – they’ll be far happier too!

Parents will know the saying: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that’s particularly true for children. A breakfast of whole grains, fresh fruit, natural yoghurt or eggs will give kids’ brains the fuel they need to focus and their bodies the nourishment to play.

Put a healthy spin on snack-time and switch crisps and cookies for something nutritious. Raw vegetable sticks dipped into humus, an antioxidant-rich smoothie or homemade popcorn will keep hunger pangs at bay.

Children should get the majority of their vitamins from their diet, but a daily multivitamin will ensure your child gets the nutrition they need to develop. Look for a supplement that contains Vitamin A, C and D for the immune system, calcium and magnesium for energy and muscles, Omega 3 for brain-power and calcium for strong bones and teeth.
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Avoid first-day-at-school chaos by getting into the routine of going to bed on-time and getting up early before term starts. Building simple routines before school starts will get kids prepared for the scholastic year ahead.

Children should get at least an hour a day of physical exercise – whether that’s active play, like a game of catch, dancing, riding a bike or taking a swimming class, it’s important that if your children aren’t practicing sport during school hours, you’re encouraging them to do so after hours. Regular aerobic exercise will build healthy muscles and bones, support mental alertness, encourage positive moods and give greater self-esteem.

It’s normal for a child to get nervous in the run-up to a new school term. Speak to your child about these fears and remind them of the things they enjoy about school – like playing football. Take your child shopping to buy a cool notebook or a fun pen, and arrange play dates with classmates to ease your child into going back.

After a long holiday it can be equally nerve-wrecking for you to send your children back to school. Reach out to a friend to talk about any anxieties you may have, speak to the class teacher in advance and (if you’re not working) find a fun hobby to fill your day with.

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