Back-to-school season is upon us, and we’re here to help you stay safe and healthy as you transition into a new school year! Check out some of our favorite tips and tricks below.
School Bus Safety
School buses are designed and regulated to provide maximum safety for all passengers, but many reported accidents still occur inside and outside of the bus. As your children are returning to school, ensure their safety by educating them on SAFE bus tips:
1. Stay five steps away from the curb.
2. Always wait for the bus driver to tell you to board.
3. Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
4. Exit the bus when it comes to a complete stop, look left-right-left and walk safely to the nearest curb.
Kids and Screens: How Much Harm?
Eye strain is one side effect of staring at screens for an extended period. The American Academy of Ophthalmology shares tips on how parents can help to reduce the risk of eye strain in kids. If you have additional questions or believe your children may be suffering from eye strain, your family’s pediatrician can offer helpful insight on eye health.
What to do when you can’t Sleep
You wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Sound familiar? Try these four options to help you get a better night’s rest.
1. Get out of bed and do something relaxing.
2. Calm your mind with a breathing or relaxation exercise.
3. Avoid technology, like phones, computers or TV.
4. Wake up at the same time every day.
Tips for Packing a Healthy School Lunch
Make a healthy lunch that your kids will look forward to eating. Talk to your health care provider about creating a healthy eating plan for your child.
Some general rules of thumb include to following:
- Encourage your child to drink water, milk or 100% fruit juice.
- Add lots of color with easily packable fruits and veggies.
- Use whole-grain bread instead of white bread for sandwiches.
- Keep the packaged stuff to a minimum.
- Try to include all food groups when packing your child’s lunch.
- Make it fun! Include a written note or joke for a fun surprise.
- Talk to your pediatrician about creating a healthy eating plan for your child.
If you have any questions about transitioning into the new school year, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider with questions.