With schools across the country preparing for or already back to school, I wanted to start sharing some more tips with you. We’ve covered quite a few topics already, so today, let’s talk about keeping kids healthy when they go back to school. In fact, I want to share 4 easy tips for a healthy back to school- with thanks to Fidelis Care for sponsoring this conversation.
Preparing for back to school means going back to a routine. For many of us, summer is a time of relaxation and taking it easy. But, along with restoring routines and structure; we also want to make sure that our kids are healthy.
Of course, this is one of those things that we work on all year- but especially when kids are going back to school.
But how do we do this easily without adding additional stress to this already hectic time of the year?
School is a great place to pick up lots of things, mostly positive – including an education and friends. However, it’s also a great place to pick up germs and bad habits. It’s always a struggle staying healthy to avoid lots of missed school days which can affect your education. Your child needs to remain healthy.
4 Tips to Prepare for a Healthy Back to School
Keep a sleep schedule. Help kids ease back into the school night routine by stressing the importance of sleep now. Gradually begin to set earlier bedtimes, so that early wake-up time on the first day of school doesn’t come as a shock.
Teach kids about healthy eating. Summer is a great time to help your children learn healthier eating habits they can carry with them into the new school year. Encourage them to try different healthy foods, and prepare healthier versions of their favorite meals. To get ready for back-to-school, check out Fidelis Care’s healthy lunch ideas, available at fideliscare.org/lunchology.
Go to the dentist. Now is a good time to schedule a dental visit for your child. Staying up-to-date on dental visits helps to prevent cavities and other tooth and gum diseases in children.
Schedule an annual checkup. Schools, daycares, and athletic programs require up-to-date immunization records, clearances for physical activity, and instructions from a primary care provider if your child has special health needs. If you haven’t already this year, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with your child’s primary care provider to make sure they are ready for the new school year.
Let’s Get Every Child Covered
Fidelis Care is working to help every child get the coverage they need. Our representatives are attending hundreds of events throughout the summer to answer questions, share information, and make it as easy as possible for parents to learn about quality health insurance for their children.
For a complete listing of Every Child Covered events, visit fideliscare.org/everychildcovered, or call 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) to learn about the New York State-sponsored Child Health Plus program.
It really doesn’t too much extra to make sure that your kids are going to be healthy when they go back to school! And that little bit of effort will really go a long way.
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