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Parenting Tips: 5 Healthy Habits for Student Success

Parenting Tips: 5 Healthy Habits for Student Success

  • By Dr. Zaneta Clarke, Samuel P. Massie Academy Physical Education Teacher |
  • For Parents |
  • September 24, 2018

A healthy diet is one of the best ways you can prepare your child to do their very best in the classroom. Set the tone for a successful year with these back-to-school health and wellness tips!

1.Start each day with breakfast, even if it’s small!  A piece of fruit and a glass of milk is enough to kickstart the body and maintain energy throughout the day.  
2.Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Children can become dehydrated from excess sweating and illness. Limit soda and sweetened beverages and make H20 the beverage of choice.
3.Get kids involved in meal planning and prep. Let them select fruits and vegetables for the week’s meals. Allow children to help you regularly with small tasks such as washing produce and mixing ingredients.   
4.Stock your home with healthy snacks such as fruit, air-popped popcorn, yogurt, nuts, and granola. Avoid snacks like chips and candy, which are low in nutrients and high in calories.   
5.Make sure children get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night (more for children under 10).  Sleep is as important as nutrition and physical activity. Children who consistently get a good night’s sleep can concentrate better and have more energy all day long.

Dr. Zaneta Clarke is a a nutrition and fitness expert who provides nutrition coaching and personal training. For more tips on healthy living, contact zaneta.clarke@pgcps.org.