It’s back-to-school time. But homework isn’t the only thing your children will be bringing home. The spread of germs and viruses leading to colds and flu will probably make their way into your front door as well.
Children need to eat healthy foods and exercise every day to maintain good health, concentration and mood at home and at school. The following four steps are what I recommend to parents to prepare their children for a healthy start at school.
1. Sleep. If a child is trying to stay awake and it’s only 10 am, they are probably not getting enough sleep. Instill an early and consistent bed time.
2. Eat breakfast daily. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It should provide protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep them energized for the day. It doesn’t have to be fancy; almond butter on whole grain toast and a banana is a simple easy and delicious breakfast.
3. Pack their lunch bags with healthy snacks. Kids need to refuel. Apple slices and organic cheese are easy to pack and will help them keep full until lunch.
4. Introduce a multivitamin and an omega-3. These will help fill in nutritional gaps. Look for one that is free of artificial colors and flavors. There are many to choose from and we can help find ones that will suit your children’s needs and wants.
For more tips on staying healthy during this cold and flu season, please read TIPS FOR PREVENTING FLU IN YOUR WORKPLACE.