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Back to school – the healthy way

The summer holidays have come and gone and it’s back to school for 2020!

As parents, we both crave and dread this day. No more time and effort brainstorming ways to keep the kids entertained. Phew!

But there is a downside – trying to think of lunchbox ideas that are healthy and tasty at the same time. How do you make sure your lunches don’t get thrown in the trash?

What’s more, the stress of schoolwork and extracurriculars combined with the desire to fit in with one’s peers can all be a lot for our young ones to handle – and unhealthy habits can result.

We’ve put together a few ideas to keep the kids healthy – so keep reading and get ready to make this the best school year yet!

 

  1. Packin’ for the snackin’

First things first, make sure you pack in some healthy, tasty treats for the kids to snack on at recess and/or afternoon tea.

Waiting until you’re starving to eat can result in overeating or picking the unhealthier choice.

Think fruits, nuts or veggie sticks with dips.

 

  1. Like what you lunch

If you’re wondering why your kids don’t eat their lunches – ask them!

Perhaps they’re bored of the same routine – or perhaps the texture of the food you’re packing up gets soggy by midday.

Either way – chat to the kids, ask them what they like and come to an agreement. Treating them like adults will make them act like adults.

 

  1. Turn off the tech

Getting in a solid 8 hours of sleep can be a hard task for all of us – and the kids are no different.

In today’s digital age, it’s likely your kids already have a mobile phone and/or laptop of their own – and this means staying up ‘til all hours with screens shining bright into their eyes.

Try enforcing a curfew for technology usage at least one hour before bedtime. This will help them to settle and feel relaxed and rested, ready for a good night’s sleep.

 

  1. Fitness fun

We’ve said it already – but the age of the internet can have some serious downsides. Getting the children to stay fit is harder than ever.

That’s why it’s important to get them involved in a physical activity they can enjoy. Exercise doesn’t feel like exercise when you’re having fun, so encourage them to try out different things.

Alternatively – Phys Ed classes at many schools give pupils the opportunity to try out varying sports.

If they’re not the competitive type – that’s fine! It doesn’t have to be a team sport. Think about a dance class, gymnastics, running or even yoga.

 

Don’t forget – staying healthy doesn’t just mean eating right. It encompasses all-around physical and mental health, so make sure you check in with the kids on a regular basis and watch out for any negative changes in wellbeing.

We are now offering Children’s Health Checks which are Medicare funded, so make an appointment to see us at any time via our online booking system.

 

Happy 2020!