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Your Back to School Health and Wellness Checklist:

As you’re starting to get your to-do lists together for Back-To-School, don’t forget your child’s health and wellness checklist before he returns to the classroom.

Here’s a general list of some things that need to get done before the bell rings:

  • Wellness check-ups: Everyone in the family needs to have a check-up with his/her doctor to check that immunization records are up to date, and general body and mind are healthy and ready to hit the books.
  • Eye Exams: Schedule an appointment with your optometrist to get eyes checked. This may potentially avoid struggling in the classroom if your child needs glasses or other eye treatment.
  • Dental Appointment: Schedule a cleaning and check-up appointment with your dentist to ensure that your child has a healthy brushing routine at home and to start the school year with a bright healthy smile.
  • Medical Paperwork: Update all your child’s paperwork for school nurses, and ensure that any allergies, medications, and medical histories are up-to-date for each child. 

Outside of the classroom, your child’s routine at home is extremely important. From eating an adequate breakfast, to going to bed at a decent hour, there are many things that children need to stay healthy and to reach their full potential.

  • Breakfast is the energy source to keep kids awake and energetic throughout the day, but especially during the first few hours. Protein such as eggs and bacon with a side of fruit makes for an easy, healthy breakfast. Breakfast can also be good for some family time, which is essential for the mental and emotional health of children.
  • Begin enforcing a healthy sleep schedule: Sleep affects the mental, emotional, and physical parts of any person, and especially a growing child. Nine to eleven hours a night is recommended for school-aged children. Setting a bedtime and keeping to this routine can greatly increase the quality of sleep as well as the stability of your child’s health. Cutting off electronic use a few hours before bedtime is highly recommended, as it takes at least an hour for the brain to sleep after using electronics with LED lighting. (For more information on how electronics affect our sleep, click here.)
  • Encourage physical activity: Whether it’s walking the dog, or playing in a soccer game, kids need their exercise. Experts recommend an hour of physical activity a day to keep kids happy and healthy. Not only is it crucial to keeping them in shape physically, but exercise also helps improve brain activity, and helps them sleep.

By teaching your kids how to take care of themselves inside and outside of the classroom, you are giving them lessons that will last a lifetime. Talk to your doctor for more ways you can help your child become the best they can be.