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Give Your Kids Tools for Healthy Back-to-School Season

August 12, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

For moms, family and children are their No. 1 priority. Keeping everyone safe, healthy and happy is a huge part of everyday life. However, each year, parents send their kids back to school knowing they will be exposed to germs, making prevention of sickness a priority. Statistics show that school-age children can have between seven and 12 colds per year, meaning moms need to be on their guard against germs at home and at school.

So what can families to do ensure their students have a healthy, productive school year? Here are some recommendations:

In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.Help your children burn off that extra energy and stay in shape by arranging for play time outside with friends after school or enrolling them in extracurricular activities like sports and dance. Setting an example as a family will help children develop healthy exercise habits early on. Furthermore, studies show that exercise fuels increased brain function, which can contribute to better performance in the classroom.

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The proper amount of sleep is key to healthy bodies and minds. Initiate early bedtimes before the end of the summer break.

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