The back to school season is upon us, which means that now is the ideal time to implement strategies to keep your family healthy during this germ-infested season.
1. Schedule a Check-Up
a. See a doctor for a yearly physical before school starts, and make sure you and your family are up to date on immunizations.
2. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
a. Consuming the appropriate amount of fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to boost antioxidant levels, as well as levels of vitamin C.
b. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends consuming 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day!
3. Review Hand Washing Techniques
a. Reiterate proper hand washing techniques with your family.
b. The proper steps are to wet, lather, scrub, wash, and then dry your hands.
c. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing ‘ABC’ or ‘Happy Birthday’ while scrubbing your hands can help meet this goal.
4. Start a Routine
a. Sleep is another crucial factor for keeping germs away.
b. Set a daily routine the school year, which includes waking up and going to bed around the same time each day to help keep energy levels and sleep quality boosted.
a. Start a family exercise program to stay healthy. Exercise has been shown to promote overall health and increase the quality of sleep.
b. Walking or bike riding after school is an excellent way to promote quality time with the family and also receive the physical benefits of exercise.
Guard your family against illnesses during this busy time of the year by implementing these steps that should increase the quality of life for you and your loved ones.