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Tips for a Healthy Back to School

 

 

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With summer coming to a close, getting into the routine of school can be stressful.  We’ve put together these quick tips to help you and your family get off to a healthy start.


Plan Ahead:

  • Avoid the morning rush by packing a well-balanced school lunch the night before and keeping it in the fridge overnight. Pack a variety of colourful vegetables and fruit and limit foods and beverages with added sugar, and those high in sodium and saturated fat.
  • Save money and keep your child hydrated by sending a refillable water bottle to school.
  • Sharing your child’s immunization record with your health unit is required to ensure everyone is protected.  Share your child’s immunization record with us at www.smdhu.org/immsonline or fax to 705-726-3962.  

Be a Healthy Role-Model: 

  • New national guidelines tell us just how much time each day children and youth should “sweat, step, sleep and sit.” Get active as a family and set consistent bedtime routines to keep children healthy all year.
  • Walking or biking to school is a great way for children to get physical activity, but parents can be nervous about their children getting to school safely. Teaching your child about pedestrian safety is an important step in keeping them safe.
  • Children are great mimics so be sure to be a positive influence. Obey the law that makes school grounds 100% smoke free at all times and bans anyone from smoking in a vehicle when they are carrying passengers under the age of 16

 

Get Involved: 

  • Learn about Ontario’s new Health and Physical Education Curriculum and how you can support your child’s learning at home.
  • Talk to your school about ways you can get involved – for example: volunteer with the school nutrition program or become a member of the Healthy Schools committee.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Every parent can benefit from advice and support from time to time. Find support that’s right for you through Triple P Ontario or contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or toll free at 1-877-721-7520 to speak with a nurse one-on-one.

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