Start a Healthy Back-to-School Habit
It's important to start the school year off on the right foot and develop healthy habits that will last the whole way. I know that sounds daunting - like I'm about to suggest getting up extra early and going on a family run every morning, but don't worry! I think starting small is the key to success. One of the easiest and most overlooked healthy habits is to drink more water - especially kids. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health proved that young children and adolescents are generally dehydrated, which can affect their focus and learning throughout the day at school. A healthy amount of water for kids depends on their age, but 5-8 glasses is a good goal. So in order to make drinking water a part of your healthy habits for the new school year, I have 2 tips:
- Make a big glass of water a part of each morning. Adding it to the morning routine is one of the easiest ways to make a healthy habit - just serve a glass with breakfast and make sure it's finished before you leave the kitchen. (This is also a great tip for adults to start the day in a healthy way, it promotes healthy body functions from the get-go!)
- Infuse water with whole pieces of fruit to enhance the flavor, and make water more interesting to drink for young kids. This will make water colorful and fun, and adds a little flavor - plus a snack at the end of every glass! Add the kids' favorite fruits or customize for each person to make extra special.