When the days get shorter, it’s a good sign that another
school year is just around the corner. As you begin to tackle your
back-to-school to-do lists, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure that your
family is ready for another successful and healthy school term.
physicals. The beginning of a new school year is a great time to schedule
annual physical exams for your family. An annual physical exam is an important
part of children’s healthcare, and the back-to-school period is an
easy-to-remember time to go ahead and get it on your family’s schedule. Annual
check-ups provide your child’s pediatrician the opportunity to do a full
physical exam, confirm that vaccinations are up-to-date and answer any
important questions you may have about your child’s health.
Create a healthy
homework/study routine and environment. Completing homework assignments and
setting aside dedicated time for studying for exams is a key factor in your
child’s academic success during the school year. So helping them foster good
study routines is essential. Creating a quiet, well-lit workspace; designating
adequate homework time each afternoon or evening; setting aside electronic
devices during this focused period; and ensuring your child takes periodic
breaks to alleviate eye, neck and brain fatigue are all great tips for creating
a healthy and successful study routine.
Plan weekday meals
ahead. Thoughtfully planning out balanced meals for the week – and even
pre-portioning out breakfasts and lunches – can help ensure your family is
following healthy eating habits, eliminate the nightly guessing game of “What’s
for dinner?” and free up evening hours for quality family time.
sleeping habits are integral to your child’s overall wellness and ability to
function optimally while in school. A lack of sleep can result in memory
problems, difficulty focusing, weakening of the immune system, depression and
even obesity. The amount of sleep your child needs can vary depending on a
number of factors, but The American Academy of Sleep Medicine outlines these
Children 3 to 5 years of age: 10-13 hours per 24
hours (including naps)
Children 6 to 12 years of age: 9-12 hours per 24
Teens 13 to 18 years of age: 8-10 hours per 24
Sleep is important for the health of parents too, so make
sure you’re getting enough shut-eye as well!
Prevent the spread of
germs. We all know that the school year can bring its share of colds,
stomach bugs and the like. One of the easiest and best ways for you to help
prevent the spread of germs is to promote hand-washing. Train your family
members to wash their hands as soon as they arrive at home, and always wash
your hands before meals.
By establishing and encouraging responsible routines and habits, you’ll be helping to create a healthy and successful school year for your family and your community.
If your family needs a pediatrician, UP Health System can help. Call 844.411.UPHS to get connected with the right care for your family.