Five Tips for Back-to-School Health

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For many, the start of school means the beginning of constant runny noses, coughing and sneezing – basically cold and flu season. With these simple tips, cold season may not be as bad this year.

1. Get your kids to eat breakfast in the morning. Fuel them. Eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should include complex carbohydrates and protein to get them through the morning.

2. Sleep. Make sure your kids have enough sleep. Studies show that kids need at least 8 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Shut down things like computers, phones and television.

3. Keep active. At least 30 minutes every day of exercise is the recommendation for keeping heart healthy!

4. Make sure kids are getting into a routine of washing their hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

5. Multivitamin, omega-3 and fitamin D3 all provide support for kids’ growing bodies and brains. A multivitamin provides nutrients where a diet may be lacking. Omega 3 (especially DHA) has been shown to help with brain function. And vitamin D3 supports the immune system.

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