Support Immune Health During Back-to-School Season: Tips for the Whole Family
The end-of-summer scaries are on the horizon. While families may soon settle into a new back-to-school routine, they could also find themselves looking at their wellness more closely. During the summer months, it's easy to fall outside of your family’s normal routine with late nights, BBQ’s, beach days, vacations, etc. Fortunately, some common-sense tips can help support the whole family’s immune health to make heading back to school a positive experience for everyone and should also be followed all year round.
Back-to-School Immune Health Tips for Parents
For busy parents and guardians, staying healthy is key. The following tips could help adults support their immune health:
1. Sleep smart
Back-to-school season means everyone’s schedule is busier—but running on less sleep isn’t the answer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleep is critical to immune function—and not sleeping enough can impact your overall health.
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2. Study up on nutrition
Eating balanced meals helps to support optimal immune health, according to the CDC. To feel your best, strive for a diet packed with nutrient-rich fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Since preparing healthy meals can end up on the back burner when life gets hectic, ask your healthcare provider if dietary supplements are right for you and your family.
3. Boost your fitness IQ
Fitting physical activity into the day can be tough for busy parents. But according to the CDC, staying active could help support your immune system and is also key to weight management, another factor in immune health. For adults, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, and incorporate muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice weekly. Fitness classes can be a great way to learn a new exercise routine.
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Back-to-School Immune Health Tips for Kids
As kids gear up for another year of learning, it’s the perfect time to teach them healthy habits. Support kids’ immune health by helping them:
1. Manage stress
Anything from test-taking anxiety to an overpacked schedule could take a toll, so consider ways to help children and teens cope. Meditation, breathing exercises, and talking out their feelings can be great stress busters.
2. Stay active
Physical activity could help kids stay healthy and even improve their chance of fighting off infections, according to the Cleveland Clinic. School-aged children and adolescents should get at least an hour of moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise each day. The key is to help them find activities they enjoy—whether it’s a competitive sport or simply playing with friends.
3. Get essential nutrients
Nutrients such as Vitamin D and Zinc are important for kids’ immune health, according to the Cleveland Clinic. While a healthy diet could provide enough of the essential vitamins and minerals, picky eaters might need a little extra nutritional support. Ask your healthcare provider if a daily multivitamin is right for your child.
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Head Back to School With Confidence
Sure, trading summer relaxation for busy school days can be a tough transition for kids and parents, alike. But back-to-school season is also a great time to make positive lifestyle changes for the whole family. We hope these tips and product recommendations help you kick the school year off to a healthy start!