During the school year, it can be tough to keep an eye on what your kids are eating, how much physical activity they are getting and what kinds of germs they are being exposed to. The school year is just such a busy time which makes it difficult to keep an eye on all these things, especially if you have a busy schedule too, but it doesn’t have to be hard keeping your kids healthy throughout the school year. Here are some tips and tricks to make it easier on you and ensure you that your kids are staying as healthy as can be.

Healthy Eating
Not only is this just all around good for their health but it is good for keeping you and your kid’s immune system(s) boosted, dwindling down the chances of anyone getting the cold or even worse the flu. It isn’t tough to do either just find foods that boost the immune system like spinach, apples, and broccoli to name a few and there are plenty of others out there. Make sure you and your kids eat at least one of these foods once or twice a day, whether you incorporate them into meals or just use them as healthy snacks for your kids. Don’t just limit to these certain healthy snacks/foods either as long as it is natural it is good. No more chips or junk food for snacks, your child may dislike this at first if they are used to those things but they will get used to the healthy alternatives and after awhile they will be begging for them.

Clean Hands
Make sure your kids are equipt with hand sanitizer in their backpacks so if they come into contact with another kid or friend who is sick at school they can quickly eliminate the germs they have been exposed to. Also, it is good to teach them to wash their hands before they eat anything, especially if they have been playing with toys or outside. Teaching them these things will slowly make it a habit so after awhile you will no longer have to tell them to do it, they just will.

Getting Outside
Yes during the school year they have P.E. and recess but it is good to keep your kids as active as possible and fresh air is also good for them. So designate a time maybe every day that after they are done with homework you can walk to the park or just go for a walk, whatever it is, just get them outside and moving. Maybe if you have a dog you can all take the dog on a walk and your kids can play fetch. Keeping them active is also great for tiring them out so come bed time they are nice and sleepy and will surely get a good nights rest which is great for their health….

This is an excerpt from the article Keeping Your Kids Healthy Throughout the School Year which originally appeared on http://sixtimemommy.com/.