The last week of April will see the celebration of Every Kid Healthy Week . This special observance highlights the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning. It also spotlights the efforts of school partners to improve the health and wellness of students so that they can thrive — both in school and in life!
The entire celebration is centered on habits, which could be compared to a foundation. These habits go with your children wherever they go. The question is: Are they healthy habits? Further, do they keep your kids healthy and safe
In the age of always being on the go, it’s too easy and too tempting to swing through the drive-thru and grab over-processed, unhealthy food. While this is okay sometimes, it’s unhealthy in the long run when it’s the norm. Instead, your kid’s diets should be filled with a variety of colorful fruits and veggies. This will keep them healthy and strong as they continue to grow.Also, you should help them to stay hydrated...but not just with any liquid. For example, soda is filled with sugar. While it is tasty, allowing your kiddos to drink it all the time could lead to cavities and other issues. Instead, make sure that they drink plenty of water, which has more benefits than we can even count.
Encouraging your child to read can be good for so many reasons. For one, it will make school a bit easier. After all, reading is at the core of schooling. Also, it can improve concentration, widen vocabulary and spark a love for learning.Sadly, the majority of apps and video games that are so popular among kids don’t do any of the above. If you help and encourage your children to read, they’ll be much better off.
Spending time with good friends develops strong social skills. And plus, who doesn’t like to hang out with friends? Even if your children are on the shyer side, they still need regular interaction with other young ones — whether at school, outside of school or even within the family.If possible, team up with parents who also value healthy habits. This might mean setting up a playdate where the kids can get some exercise and then enjoy a healthy snack or lunch.
Are you ready to start encouraging these healthy habits in your children? During Every Kid Healthy Week, you can join thousands of others in doing this. How? Many schools host healthy food taste tests, field days, walkathons and fitness classes. Why not get involved if you can? Or, even better, why not plan a fun event yourself?!Of course, the health and wellness of your children doesn’t lose importance after this special week passes. However, it will give you a good start and lay a good foundation of healthy habits for your little ones.
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.