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.
An important thing I’ve learned is that kids won’t usually ask for water – so don’t make them! I always pour a glass with any snack or meal, and periodically check in and offer some when I think of it.
By adding this small habit to your daily schedule you’re setting yourself and your kids up for success in the new school year!