Healthy tips for students and [parents.
Going back to school can be quite nerve wracking as it can mean a new grade, new teachers, new classmates, or even a new school.
To help combat those nerves make sure your child is well prepared for the start of school year with the following healthy tips.
- Start with a good night’s sleep. Being well rested is important to help concentration levels throughout the day. Primary school children need about nine to ten hours to recharge their batteries.
- A healthy breakfast. Eating a breakfast high in fibre can reduce fatigue and the risk of illness. Children who skip breakfast may lack sufficient vitamins and minerals and are more likely to make poor food choices for the rest of the day and in the long term.
- Tap into water. Water is important to have at school to help with hydration and concentration throughout the day, particularly in the summer months. Having a water bottle and refilling it throughout the school day helps avoid symptoms of dehydration such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue, which can distract students from optimal learning.
- Stay sun smart. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and wear a hat as the sun is still hot and extreme in Term one.
- Packing a healthy lunch. Healthy lunches and snacks are important for children and help with concentration and learning. It can sometimes be difficult to decide which foods are healthy choices. What we know is that kids need plenty of wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein and water and occasional foods such as crisps, cakes and chocolate should be limited. For tips on how to include healthy choices in your child’s lunchbox. Encourage children to be involved in preparing their lunch and making choices about what foods to include.
Life wouldn’t be easy for both students and parents but you have to keep in mind to be healthy all the time.