Back to School Health Tips

  • Set a bedtime. It’s easy during summer for bedtime to occur later during the evening. Now is the perfect time to start rolling back bedtime to a more normal bedtime so everyone is rested for a school day. How much sleep does your kid need?
  • Preschoolers 3-5 years. 10 to 13 hours
  • School-aged Children 6-13 years. 9 to 11 hours
  • Teenagers 14-17 years. 8 to 10 hours
  • Teach good hygiene habits. Remind kids to always wash their hands after going to the restroom and before eating. Consider packing hand sanitizer in the school back pack
  • Prepare healthy snacks. Stocking up on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread and lean protein like turkey. Take a few minutes during the weekend to cut up fruits and vegetables and prepare things like tuna salad or hard-boiled eggs for convenience in the mornings. Consider packing an ice pack in lunchbox to keep foods cold.
  • Manage stress. Getting back into school can be stressful for everyone! Try not to overload schedules (as much as possible). Schoolwork and after-school activities are important, but it’s also essential to take time to relax, play and spend time as a family