Going back to school means a transition from the generally laid back summer days to more structured school days. It can also mean added stress for students and a need for increased awareness from parents.
Here a few tips we’ve gathered to help you and your kids experience a healthy and happy transition back to school:
Back to school may mean an increase in headaches for your child. This can be a result of a change in their bedtime routine, increased academic stress, too much screen time, not enough exercise and more. To decrease the likelihood of your child having headaches, makes sure they do the following:
Get enough sleep (sleep guidelines by age group can be found here)
No more than two hours of daily screen time (screen time guidelines for children can be found here)
Stay hydrated (tips to prevent dehydration in children can be found here)
Move 60 minutes/day (tips for kids’ physical activity can be found here)
For additional information on back to school related headaches, click here.
Backpacks are a necessity for students to carry their books, papers, and other school essentials. However, a heavy backpack can cause injury to students. Most doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.
For additional information on backpack safety, click here
School Breakfast and Lunch
Want to know what options are available to your student through their school’s breakfast and/or lunch program? Check our Orange County Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Department’s (OCPS FNS) interactive menus here. The menus allow the user to look up nutritional makeup of the food item as well as view a picture of the actual food item from OCPS FNS. This service is also available through the app store here. Bonus, the app allows parents and students to provide direct feedback to OCPS FNS about the food served in their school.
Stopping for School Buss
Each year, Florida drivers illegally pass school buses nearly two million times. Each illegal pass-by could result in a tragic injury or fatality of a student. The inconvenience of an extra few seconds spent waiting for a stopped school bus is insignificant compared to the loss of a child’s life, which is why Florida’s departments of Education, Transportation, and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, have teamed up to develop the Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign to remind drivers of the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a school bus.
For additional back to school health tips, visit our friends at KidsHealth.
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