4 healthy tips to get your kids back-to-school ready!

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Back to School - eNewsAre school supplies, backpacks, new clothes, class and bus schedules the first things that come to your mind when preparing your kids for the new school year? These are certainly important, but preparing for a successful new school year should not end there. Here are some tips to make the transition easier.

Tip 1: Getting enough ZZZZZs

The long days of summer usually mean a later bedtime for most children. Going to bed is the last thing on their mind, but creating a good bedtime routine is essential for getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says that kids need their rest to perform well at school. Begin following their practical tips for setting your kids’ back-to-school sleep clocks between 10 days and two weeks before the school year begins.

Tip 2: Building a medical history

The annual back-to-school physical can help ensure kids are healthy and physically prepared to meet the demands of a successful school year. During an exam, practitioners’ review the child’s complete health history, ensure immunizations are up-to-date, perform a comprehensive check based on guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and discuss important health issues. These visits help build a medical history and give practitioners an opportunity to check for illnesses and chronic diseases that can be treated early or even prevented.

On Sept. 1, the new Minnesota immunization laws for schools, childcare and early childhood programs will take affect. The laws contain new vaccine requirements, changes to previous vaccine requirements as well as required documentation of immunizations or legal exemption. Click here for more information.

Tip 3: Making a sick-day game plan

Working parents know the stress of waking up to find their child is sick when they have an early morning meeting – or the stress of getting a call from the school nurse when they can’t get away from the office. Before school begins, line up a trusted caregiver who can help out when illness arises. Plus, make sure you know the school’s illness and pick-up policies. You may need to designate, in advance, caregivers who have permission to pick up your child. Since there’s never a good time to get sick or injured, the Walk-In Clinic at Glenwood Medical Center has early morning and evening hours to accommodate work schedules.

Tip 4: Thinking outside the lunchbox

The thought of nine-long months figuring out what to pack for lunch every day is most parents’ least favorite thing to do. School cafeteria offerings are getting better and healthier due to The Healthy School Lunch Campaign but many kids prefer to bring a lunch from home. To make sure your child will eat what you packed and has the fuel to make it through an action-filled day, you’ll have to get creative. There’s no rule that lunch has to include a sandwich and chips. Try tortilla roll-ups made with chicken chunks or turkey from last night’s dinner; a Thermos® filled with leftovers; or a handful of grapes, carrots and celery sticks with a container of hummus, low-fat dressing or peanut butter.

Kids love finger foods. Whole grain homemade muffins; air-popped popcorn sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or Parmesan; or pretzels, crackers, and brown rice cakes with peanut butter or light cream cheese all make great snacks. Make smoothies and don’t be afraid to add spinach, romaine lettuce or cucumber — all of which hide really well. You can get two-to-three servings of fruits and vegetables into your kids through delicious smoothies.

Remember to use BPA-free containers to pack lunches. Many schools now have hand-sanitizer stations outside the cafeteria but still remind your kids to always wash their hands before they eat.

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  1. Love these tips, thanks for sharing!!

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