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Back to school is always a stressful time for both parents and kids, but it’s important to make sure your kids are maintaining good health during the school year so that important instruction is not missed. But it is also difficult to keep your child from coming home with every virus and stomach bug that makes its way around campus. Ensuring that your child is both physically well and mentally healthy is key. Here are a few tips to keep your children healthy and fit for the upcoming school year.

Begin a bed time routine before school starts back. Kids and parents get into vacation mode during the summer and bedtime is often random or pushed back to a later time.  Your children need good and sound sleep in order for their bodies and minds to function properly during their waking hours. Helping your child get into a routine before the actual event will make those mornings just a tad easier.

Schedule routine doctor visits. If your child plans to play a fall sport, their school will most likely require a physical. Be proactive and get it done! Plus, your child’s doctor is a great source of knowledge. They know your child and can help you come up with some back to school health goals.

Set the example. If you want your kids to adopt a healthier routine, show them how. Not only will you be showing them a healthier lifestyle but you’ll also get to spend some great quality time with them. Be the example of the change that you want to see!

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Plan a few weeks’ worth of healthy dinners. Between picking kids up from school, carting them off to practices and completing homework assignments, there isn’t a whole lot of time left over to cook. And it’s so easy sometimes to just run through the drive-thru. Instead of resorting to the convenient route, plan ahead with one of our healthy meals to cook in 15 minutes or less.

Limit television and computer time. While some can be educational, most is not. Instead of allowing your child to turn on the technology the minute they walk through the door, encourage them to go play outside instead. Not only does some outside play release pent-up energy from the school day, but it also encourages a healthy lifestyle.

Even though the beginning of the school year can be a little hectic, it’s important to keep your kids healthy and active to ensure success at both home and school.