Healthy Ways to Start the School Year

Healthy School Prep

Back to school preps are under way as most kids heading back next week... and Pediatricians have some tips to prepare them for a successful year.

At New York's Presbyterian Hospital, doctors suggest that parents gradually begin to get kids in bed earlier during the last few days of summer.
If your child has allergies, be sure to speak to the administration and school nurse to develop an action plan before the year begins.
And don't forget to see a doctor to update all vaccines, get sports physicals and test for potential vision or hearing problems.
Be sure your child eats a healthy breakfast too... and gets at least an hour of exercise each day.

Eating right also applies to parents packing school lunches.
Experts from the U-S Department of Agriculture recommend having a four step approach when preparing meals for your child: clean, separate, cook, and chill.
Always wash hands and clean all surfaces before starting the process.  
Separate raw meat and poultry from ready to eat foods such as carrots or apple slices.
If you are preparing something like chicken breast to put into your child's lunch, be sure that it is cooked to a safe internal temperature.
And experts say most importanly, you want to make sure that your food product is kept at a safe temperature in your child's lunchbox.
AMELIA KERMIS - PUBLIC AFFAIR'S SPECIALIST - USDA: "The best way is to make sure that everything is cold before you start packing your lunch so first you want to make sure that you're pulling everything out of the refrigerator and then once everything is made up, you want to make sure that your sending it to school with two cold sources so that can be a jell pack and a frozen juice box.  It's not good neough to just have one because a frozen juice box tends to melt before lunch."

(NBC Contributed)

More ways to help your kids with the start of a new school year:

Healthy Eating Tips

Teacher's Tips for the Start of School

Ten Tips for Your Child's Success in School


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