Now that school is back in session, it’s time to establish routines for you and your children! Prepping healthy lunches for school is one thing that can save time and money. It can also increase quality time and interaction with your children. We may not think about our lunch until our tummies start to grumble, but planning ahead can be beneficial to our health and our wallets. Some extra thought may go a long way, especially when you’re planning for more than one!

Making healthy lunch decisions takes a little extra planning, but your body will thank you! Before heading to the grocery store, make a list. Prepare a couple of meals over the weekend, and pack ready-to-go lunch portions. Clean and chop fruits and veggies when you come back from the store so they are ready at a moment’s notice for a healthy snack or to add to a main entrée.

It is very normal for children to sometimes develop physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches associated with the start of school. All of the changes and anxiety can take a toll on the body. If you prepare your child with tips and tools for their success, they will surely find it. See extra tips for school year success below.

Tips for the School Year:

  • Establish a regular sleep schedule. Practice waking up early the week before school begins.
  • Review drop-off and pick-up procedures with your child. Make sure your child knows where he or she needs to go and what needs to be done after school.
  • Include need-to-know information in your child’s belongings. This should include your child’s address and phone number, emergency contact information, and may also include teacher and bus driver names and locker combinations.
  • Include plenty of water in your day. Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories, in American diets.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, American Dietetic Association, LifeWork Strategies, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.