Back to School Success

Nicole S., Assistant Center Director, Eau Claire

We blinked, it seems, and it’s already time to get ready for the kiddos to head back to school! This can be a stressful time of year as everyone tries to soak up the last of summer and get the younger generation ready for a major shift all at the same time. Whether you’re a parent, an educator, or a friend to those who are about to go through this, everyone can prepare for this time of year together.

Set the Example

You all know that on your Livea journey, you should be having your first meal of the day within 30-45 minutes of waking up, right? Your metabolism should get going right away in the morning and children’s should as well. Make a plan this month for what they WANT to have for breakfast that’s going to fuel their brains/bodies (think high protein like eggs, peanut butter, and balanced with fruit and dairy) and enjoy eating together! According to the CDC, how connected children feel to their families can have a strong influence on their lives that follows them well into adulthood.

Establish Your Schedule Now

You’ve already started planning for your healthy food choices and ensuring you eat breakfast together, so now it’s time to establish what the rest of the day will include. What your schedule is going to look like when the school year starts is going to be different from the next person’s, but either way it’s likely to change when schools are back in session.

So, what main things do you need to make time for? Here’s a list of the top things to plan for:

  • Meal Prep – include time to grocery shop, cook dinner, pack lunches, prepare breakfast and clean up after it all!
  • Social life – if you’re establishing your schedule, plan for when you and your kids will see friends next. According to Scholastic, socialization is one of the most important skills leading to better communication and a healthier life as an adult.
  • Physical Activity – Mayo Clinic suggests aiming for 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This doesn’t have to be all at once though, which is nice! Walking 3 times a day for 10 minutes is an easy way to hit that goal. Mayo Clinic also emphasizes reducing the amount of time sitting as that can reduce your metabolism. If any of those 10-minute walks can be with the kids, even better.

Emphasize Sleep!

All the healthy habits you will put into your routine will make a world of difference in how your fall goes, but none of it will go very well on a lack of sleep. Children need 9-11 hours of sleep and adults need at least 7 hours of sleep to stay rested and ready for the day, whatever may come.

Lack of sleep can also lead to weight gain, causing you to be less successful on your Livea plan, so while we want to ensure the young ones are ready to learn, keeping our healthy routine with sleep will help us reach our goals as well.

Figure out what time that means you all need to be headed to bed and getting up and establish those healthy habits now so everything else will fall into place to have an amazing last few months of the year!

References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Nine CDC Health Hacks for Back-to-School Success. 8 Aug. 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0808-nine-health-hacks-for-school.html
  2. ActiveBeat. “9 Tips for a Healthy School Year Ahead”. 22 Aug. 2016, https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/children/9-tips-for-a-healthy-school-year-ahead/?template=default
  3. Scholastic.com“Why Social Skills are Key to Learning.” https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/social-emotional-learning/social-skills-for-kids/why-social-skills-are-key-to-learning.html
  4. Mayo Clinic. “Exercise: how much should the average adult exercise every day?” https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916#:~:text=As%20a%20general%20goal%2C%20aim,your%20risk%20of%20metabolic%20problems