Kids who are healthy make happier and better students and they miss less school — as parents and teachers at Burbank School District 111 know well.
10 Steps to Your Healthiest School Year Ever!
1. Start off strong with a healthy breakfast. A good breakfast provides energy and will help keep you alert and attentive in class. Highly sugared foods leave you feeling tired soon after eating.
Remember: Your school performance is directly related to what you eat!
2. Drink plenty of water. Water is the best fluid to stay hydrated without the added sugar found in some juice and soft drinks. Also, remember to drink the recommended amount of reduced-fat milk or milk alternative. Water and milk are served at school for breakfast and lunch every day.
3. Don’t forget to wash your hands often. Keep hands away from your face, mouth, and nose where germs can enter your body.
4. Boost your immune system. Get plenty of sleep, talk to your doctor about taking a multiple vitamin, and eat colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Think variety and rainbow colors!
5. Eat a nutritious and yummy lunch. Choose foods from all the food groups. Different food groups supply our bodies with energy to think, move, and grow. Make healthy choices from the daily menus, or pack a healthy lunch from home.
6. Cut back on sugar and salty snacks. Limit sodas, sport drinks, candy, chips, and ice cream – they add on extra calories, can harm your teeth, and leave you feeling tired and weak. Need a snack at school? Ask the health aide for a healthy snack alternative!
7. Enhance your brain performance. Exercise, play memory games, do crossword puzzles, and eat brain foods like berries, cold water fish, and nuts. Just say “NO” to fast food and enjoy a home cooked meal together at least four nights a week.
8. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day – at recess and at home. Go for a daily walk with a friend, parent, or your pet. Exercise helps our bodies to be strong, flexible, and resilient.
9. Do your homework every day after school. It’s very important to be prepared!
10. Turn off the TV and video games at least one hour prior to bedtime and limit media to 1 hour each day. Take time to relax, take a bath or shower, brush your teeth, and pack up for the morning – and still get to bed by 8:30pm!
Have a Great School Year – Yolanda Lake, RN, BSN – District Nurse