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. If your children are old enough have them help prep for the school lunches.

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:

  • Getting enough zzzs. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from school exhausted, especially in the first few weeks, it’s a big adjustment for them. Many kids will need a nap after school -if your child doesn’t want to sleep, settle for 30 to 45 minutes of quiet time -with no television.
  • Scrub-a-dub-dub. school brings new friends, new activities – and a bunch of new germs. That’s why good hand-washing habits are critical for school-age children. Children (like adults) need to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom and before they eat.
  • Get moving. making sure kids gets enough exercise may seem like the least of your worries. But once your kids enter school, they’ll be spending most of her day sitting at a desk. Plan weekly bike rides and nature walks, and your whole family will benefit.

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.