Staying on track with health goals while juggling the activities of the school year is difficult. Make it easier by checking out these tips to keep your family healthy all school year long.
Practice healthy habits. Many kids carry what they’ve learned about food into adulthood. Model expert food behaviors for your little ones by choosing foods low in sodium and sugar, preparing balanced meals at home and teaching your kids about the importance of healthful nutrition.
Encourage participation. Whether it’s helping to plan a meal, packing a lunch, or taking over small kitchen tasks, there are a variety of ways to help your kids get involved and decrease your own stress level. Need some ideas to get you started? Check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Kids Eat Right Month webpage for kid-friendly kitchen tasks for every age group.
Plan ahead. Scheduling time to organize meals and snacks, helps to escape the struggle of coming up with ideas after a long day of work and after school activities. Prepping a variety of items organized into categories gives kids the ability to mix and match treats to create a personalized lunch they’ll love.
Get Moving. Experts recommend children get 60 minutes of physical activity each day to support growth, maintain a healthy weight, and to build self-esteem and social skills. Enjoying a bike ride, long walk, or game of basketball together is a great way to improve health while creating memories. This year, challenge your family to plan fun physical activities the whole family can do together.
As the kids head back to school, lighten your load by encouraging them to get involved in their health. Practicing good health behaviors as a family is a great way to stay fit, sharp, and healthy all school year long.
Written by Angela Stancil MS, RD, LDN