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Playing Sports in the Summer

Playing sports in high heat can increase the risk of dehydration and heat-related illnesses. These sicknesses, like heat stroke, exhaustion, and cramps, can range from irritating to life-threatening. Coach your kids in the importance of staying cool and drinking plenty of water while spending time outside in the summer.

Stay Safe in the Sun and the Water

Summer is officially here! That can mean higher temperatures and lots of humidity. Here are a few tips whether you want to make the most of it outdoors or maintain a healthy lifestyle with the change in weather:

  • Rethink your drink – try sure to choose water over sugary drinks.
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes five days a week!
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Make a plan to quit if you are still smoking.

A Healthy and Happy Transition Back to School

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:

Headaches

Boy_with_headacheBack 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.

 

Backpack Safety

Three kindergarten girls standing togetherBackpacks 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

device-nuggets-htc-dnaWant 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.

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For additional back to school health tips, visit our friends at KidsHealth.

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Stay Hydrated and Be Ready to Learn

child drinking waterStaying hydrated is very important.  Dehydration is linked to skin, bladder and kidney problems as well as fatigue and headache.  It is also linked to poor performance in students.  Your brain is 75% water.  If you are dehydrated your brain can’t perform at its optimal level.  Below are a few tips to make sure your kids are staying hydrated throughout the day.

 

 

 

Serve water with breakfast

  • Drinking water when you first wake up can actually help jump start your metabolism and energize you for your day.

Give your kids a water bottle

  • Kids can’t drink water throughout the day without a water bottle.  Tell them to refill it between classes so they can stay hydrated throughout the day.

Limit the amount of sugary beverages

  • Sugar, as well as salt, makes your body waste water just to clean it out of your system.  Limit the number of sugary beverages that your child drinks and always serve water along side them.

Manage your child’s water intake

  • The simplest way to make sure they are drinking enough water is to ask them how much they’ve had or how many times they refilled their water bottle.  Make sure to ask in a positive way to encourage them to keep drinking.

 

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