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Back to School! Keeping Kids Healthy In and Out of the Classroom

With school back in session, schedules are full and time might be crunched. Everyone, whether they’re preschoolers heading to school for the first time or college students on their final educational lap, needs help to stay healthy. Making the best choices for the long-term takes a little planning and thought. As we roll into the school year, here are some considerations to make sure students are set up for healthy brains and bodies:

Be vigilant about sports safety.

Sports are fun, but the right protective and preventative measures are important to keep players safe. No matter if it’s an intermural kickball league, a dance class, the hockey playoffs, or anything in between, these guidelines are vital to reduce the risk for injury:

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after games and practice.
  • Wear the right gear, including a mouthguard, and make sure it fits properly.
  • If an injury occurs, stop immediately and get help. Don’t play through pain.
  • Use proper technique. This prevents injury and makes you a better player!

Set up healthy eating wins.

To make eating less stressful and more enjoyable, even during jam-packed evenings and busy weekends:

  • Stock the pantry and fridge with core staples from the five food groups. Putting together a quick meal of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy is a lot easier when those healthy choices are already available at home.
  • Get kids’ input on what they’d like to eat. Maybe every suggestion won’t be a yes, but talking about meals will build healthier relationships with food while teaching the lesson that meal prep and planning should be a shared responsibility.
  • Make small changes to amp up meals’ nutritional values. Choosing whole grain over white bread and water over soda cut down on calories while boosting good stuff in an everyday diet.

Prioritize connections.

Mental health is an important part of overall health. However, unlike when someone is dealing with a physical ailment, it may be harder to see when someone is struggling inside. Set aside time to talk with kids (all ages!) and check in on how they’re feeling. Make it casual and frequent. And even though notifications might be buzzing, take intentional time away from screens to focus on the people in the room.

Get information about vaccination options.

Most universities, schools and child care centers have a set list of required immunizations for enrollment. These include vaccinations for diseases like tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, and diphtheria. Families have the right to make their own decisions in determining their families’ vaccination plan. Vaccination requirements and allowable exemptions for attendance at a childcare facility or school vary by state. Have these discussions at home and check with your healthcare provider for guidance.

The providers at Roseman Medical Group are experienced in delivering empathic, personalized care to adults of all ages. To make an appointment, call (702) 463-4040. 

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