August 2022 Newsletter

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Back to School Tips

August 2022 Blog

Between school, work, and extracurriculars, the back-to-school season can become very cluttered and stressful. Keep your life running smoothly with these back-to-school tips.

-       Plan ahead: Create a family calendar to track everyone’s activities. Meal prepping, though it can seem time consuming, saves time in the long run by consolidating trips to the grocery store and eliminating the mealtime “what will I feed my family tonight” panic. Modeling good time management techniques will help your child learn how to effectively plan ahead, a skill that has been shown to improve academic achievement.

-       Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation can impair memory and concentration, weaken the immune system, and increase risk of various diseases, such as heart disease. Adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night, though exact requirements vary person to person. The National Sleep Foundation recommends school-aged children sleep 9-11 hours a day, while teenagers require 8-10.

-       Eat well: While grabbing fast food on the way home from work may be easy in the moment, the long-term effects of a poor diet can have serious physical consequences. Opt for healthy snacks, such as a piece of fruit or sliced veggies, rather than hitting the vending machine, and plan meals ahead of time to ensure you meet nutritional requirements.

-       Exercise: Requirements for exercise vary across the lifespan. Children ages3-5 years should be active throughout the day, while children 6-17 years should have at least 60 minutes dedicated to exercise daily. Adults should strive for150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Regular exercise can help improve mood, boost energy, prevent certain diseases, and help maintain a healthy weight. Keeping a commitment to exercise during the school year will keep you healthy and happy.

-       Limit screen time: Excessive screen time has been linked to obesity, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and neck problems. The average adult in America spends over seven hours a day looking at a screen, and the average American child spends 4-6 hours a day as well. Eye strain from screen time has become so prevalent that it now has its own name: computer vision syndrome, or CVS. Give yourself (and your family) a break from the screen by heading outside for a walk after work and school.

 

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