Beat the Back to School Blues!




The end of summer can feel like leaving care-free days behind. Starting a new school year can be exciting. For your child, there are new teachers to meet and new friends to make. Here are some reasons for you to get excited about a new school year:
Back-to-school meals: Breakfast and lunch is available to your child at school every day. This takes a lot of pressure off of you! Better yet, school meals can save you money. Have your child eat school meals and you’ll have more time and money to spend planning and preparing healthy dinners. Be sure to fill out the free and reduced price meal forms sent home at the beginning of the year to see if your child qualifies.
Back-to-school routines: Many kids love not having a strict schedule during the summer. However, by the end of summer, lack of schedule and hot weather can mean they aren’t spending much time being active. Use back-to-school routines to add physical activity back to your life. Walk to and from school as a family, or make an after school walk or outdoor play part of your daily routine. Help with dinner preparation can be part of your kids’ daily schedule as well—children are more likely to try healthy foods they helped prepare.
Back-to-school learning: While your kids gear up for a year of learning, you may be inspired to do some studying yourself. The Eat Smart website is a great resource for learning more about keeping your family healthy, including recipes, guidelines for healthy eating, and information about physical activity.
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