5 Health Habits for a New School Year

Stay sharp and healthy when it matters most! These habits will keep your kids healthy for the new school year.

School bells are ringing! Are your kids energized, focused, and ready to learn? Nothing slows down education more than a prolonged bout of the flu, or even just a simple winter bug. The good news is that a few healthy habits can help your family power through the winter months and come out next spring with a strong body and a solid education. Instill these five rules in your children today.

  1. Wash hands regularly. This habit is especially important before eating and after using the restroom. If you don't have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer to kill any germs.
  2. Keep your hands off your face. Some illnesses can only travel by touch. Don't let your hands get near your face, eyes, or nose.
  3. Go outside a lot. Physical activity and fresh air are great assets for your immune system. Kids should have time to run around, rather than spending every day chained to a desk, computer, or television.
  4. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Sleep deprivation makes kids (and adults) extremely vulnerable to any sicknesses being passed around. Kids need up to ten hours of sleep. Teens do best on eight to nine hours. Make bedtime a priority.
  5. Develop a taste for nutritious foods. It takes time, but kids can learn to love their greens. Transition them away from junk foods, white bread, and sugary treats.

Have you scheduled back-to-school check-ups for your kids? If you don't have a family doctor, Denton Regional can help match you with the right physician. Request a referral when you give us a call at 1-855-477-DRMC (3762).

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