Aug 24, 2021

Back to School Health and Safety Tips

Healthy Living.

As the summer comes to a close, it is time to start preparing to go back to school. This school year is especially exciting for many families because, for many of them, it is the long-awaited return to in-person learning. As you and your kids prepare to return to school, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Follow COVID-related guidelines.

While the return to in-person classes is exciting, many schools will likely have guidelines and procedures to ensure student’s and teachers’ safety. Discuss with your child beforehand what they can do to keep themselves and their classmates healthy.
It is also important to make sure that your child is up to date on any vaccines they need, as well as their annual physical. It’s great to have a healthy start to the school year.

2. Walk to school if possible.

If you live near the school your children attend, encourage your kids to walk to school, or even walk with them. It’s a great opportunity to get in some exercise and fresh air each day.

3. Maintain good hydration and nutrition.

Make sure your student takes a water bottle to school with them each day and encourage them to pack a healthy lunch. A healthy diet and hydration play important roles in your child’s ability to concentrate and learn.

4. Prevent sports injuries.

School sports are great for children’s mental and physical health. But it is important that they do what they can to prevent injuries. Athletes should warm-up and stretch before engaging in any strenuous exercise. It is also important that your child gets enough sleep and doesn’t overwork their bodies. If it seems like your child is struggling to keep up with their sport or schoolwork, it may be a good idea to take a break.

5. Prevent backpack injuries.

As a child grows, wearing backpacks incorrectly can be harmful. If a backpack is too heavy, it can cause back and neck problems and headaches, and joint problems.  Make sure your child has a backpack that fits them correctly and ensures that it isn’t too heavy. Students should wear both backpack straps evenly on each shoulder to prevent all the weight from being carried on one side.

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