One in three kids is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases. Evidence shows students who eat right and are physically active learn healthy lifelong habits that prevent illnesses and set them up so they are better equipped to succeed academically.
Healthy habits start at a young age; teach them early and your children will carry them on throughout their entire lives.
1. Get enough sleep. Children under the age of 5 require at least 11 hours of sleep, and school-age children require about 10 hours of sleep a night. The right amount of sleep will keep them healthy and help them perform better in school and at home.
2. Eat a healthy, nutritious diet. Good nutrition and a balanced diet will set your kids on the right track to grow physically and mentally strong. Simple things like replacing sugary foods and drinks with healthy foods may take more planning initially, but will set you up for success in the long run.
3. Get outside! Limit screen time and encourage children to get up and go outside. Not only will it improve concentration in school, but it also will positively impact a child’s social life. April 24 to April 30 is TV-Turnoff Week. We Can!, is a campaign organized by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) offering families tips and resources to help them turn off the TV.
4. Wash up. Short of ordering everyone into hazmat suits, you can protect your family and prevent germs from spreading by simply teaching your children good hygiene habits with frequent hand washing. Since about 80% of infectious diseases are spread by touch, this tip can’t be stressed enough. Experts recommend scrubbing hands for about 20 seconds (enough time to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).
5. Get immunized. Take your child in for regular check-ups and stay up to date on their immunizations. Flu shots are especially important to prevent your child from getting sick and missing school. It’s important to get the vaccine every year since the immunization last season will not protect you this season. Protect yourself and your family; talk with the pediatric-trained doctors at eMedical Urgent Care about the benefits of getting the flu vaccine.
6. Stay informed. Many resources are available to improve the health and wellness of children through sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health promoting programs. Launched by Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance held the last week of April and is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances. Every Kid Healthy Week celebrates schools who are joining the fight against childhood obesity.
Specialized Pediatric Care
Every parent wants to keep their kids happy, healthy and safe but getting sick sometimes happens. Our New Jersey pediatric urgent care facilities treat a variety of childhood illnesses and injuries, including sore throats, upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, ear pain and sprains/fractures.
Our eMedical Urgent Care Center is staffed with board-certified and pediatric-trained physicians who deliver friendly and compassionate NJ pediatric urgent care to patients of all ages. Most of our physicians are parents too – so we understand firsthand the importance of keeping our tiny humans happy and healthy!