Back-To-School Health TIPS FOR KIDS (and Parents)

October 22nd, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments

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It’s that time of year again … shopping for school supplies, deciding what to wear on the first day of school, getting ready for a new year of learning and being with friends … it’s time for school!
We know you have a lot to think about as you head into school this year, and we want to be sure you’ve added some really important ‘to-do’ items to your back-to-school list.  Even if you’re already back in class, you can take care of these things right away:

  • Have all the right vaccinations.
  • Get a backpack that is the right size and weight for you.  One of the biggest causes of back pain and strain for kids is a backpack that’s too heavy or too big!
  • Know what to do and who to call if you get sick before (or during) school and your folks are not immediately available to take care of you.
  • Get your eyes, ears and teeth checked.  It’s easy to get busy with school activities and forget to keep those regular appointments!
  • Talk with your folks about safety issues like (a) who can you get an emergency ride from – and who you canNOT, (b) where to meet if you get separated at an after-school event, (c) what is the safest route to/from school/home, and anything else that they may want you to know.
  • Let your parents, minister, or another trusted adult know if you start to have questions about your feelings.  It is normal to be curious about everything you’re learning and feeling, so talk with adults you trust.  They’ll help you figure things out.
  • Eat healthfully, get enough sleep, and be active every day.  These three things alone will help you feel great and have lots of energy for the new school year!
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