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How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond

(BPT) – Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.

While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurriculars.

“Parents and caregivers can make a big difference in helping kids lead a healthy lifestyle during the back-to-school season and beyond,” says Deanna Segrave-Daly, a mom and registered dietitian. “A few proactive steps can set kids up for success in and out of the classroom.”

Segrave-Daly offers six easy ideas you can try to help encourage your kids to build healthy habits that last a lifetime:

Prioritize sleep

Sleep is something families often sacrifice due to busy schedules. Remember, kids need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development, according to the National Sleep Foundation. School-age children should strive for nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. Establish a nighttime routine and prioritize sleep every night.

Eat breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – especially for our kids. Help them jump-start their day with a quick breakfast of healthy foods like fruit, eggs and whole-grain cereal. For those busy mornings, grab fridge-free, GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ, made with real low-fat yogurt and fruit, for a wholesome option they can easily eat in the car or bus with a banana, toaster waffle or whole-wheat toast.

Encourage exercise

Kids should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hopefully some of this physical activity can take place during the school day, but there are lots of easy ways to build healthy activity into daily life at home. Make a habit of going on a family walk after dinner (a great chance to unwind and reconnect) or challenge kids to bring their books up the stairs or to another room one at a time. Take 10-minute ‘dance party’ breaks during homework or see who can jump rope the longest.

Manage screen time

It’s important for families to be mindful of screen time for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids ages 2-5 limit screen use to one hour per day of high-quality programs. For children 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media and monitor the types of media used.

Snack well

Kids love to snack, and it’s important to keep nutritious options on hand for when hunger strikes – it helps them avoid emergency vending machine stops. Stock your pantry with healthier snacks like GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches. These fridge-free pouches, made from natural ingredients, are easy to grab on the way to soccer practice, music lessons or the playground. They’re also an easy lunchbox addition!

Adjust the attitude

Mental wellness is part of overall wellness. Keep in mind the power of a positive attitude toward education. Encourage kids to look at issues from different angles, appreciate diversity and be resilient. Have conversations with children and truly listen to their concerns to build trust and solve problems.

Finally, it’s the adult role models in a child’s life that really set them up for success.

“If you model healthy habits, your child is likely to follow your lead,” says Segrave-Daly. “Try to routinely eat well, sleep well, exercise and have conversations about the good and bad parts of your day. Your kids are paying attention even when it seems like they aren’t!”


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    • Ramdon fun
    • August 23, 2017
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    Dude no hate but ur kid is 18 and is a picky eater and u cut the crust and the skin and u cut them into small pieces for him… i mean dude his not 8..

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    • Ramdon fun
    • August 23, 2017
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    its really a bad idea to cut the crust like look at how old ur kid is..

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    • myhelthey diet
    • August 23, 2017
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    Rebecca brand I love ur trick i can never get my 6 year old daughter to eat an apple

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    • Ashton Grist
    • August 23, 2017
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    those kids are never leaving home

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    • whomeplay
    • August 23, 2017
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    I mix my p butter and my jelly up together then put on my bead. Merci beaucoup!

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    • whomeplay
    • August 23, 2017
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    You need to try bananas and peanut butter in a sandwich. I can not believe in any of theses video you do not have your head light on bright.  I will keep looking! We We My little Butterfly!

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    • Idris Dobbs
    • August 23, 2017
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    and it stays white

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    • Idris Dobbs
    • August 23, 2017
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    you can also just use lemon and put a little bit on the apple I like to soak my apples in it it adds a little bit of sweetness to it

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    • Judy Dainton
    • August 23, 2017
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    YOU ARE STILL CUTTING HIS FOOD INTO SHAPES…WHAT THE

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    • Judy Dainton
    • August 23, 2017
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    DUDE, NOT TRYING TO OFFEND YOU OR ANYTHING, BUT YOUR SON IS LIKE 18

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    • Ceaira Wood
    • August 23, 2017
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    I love you vids. you are great 🙂

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    • Alex Rhodes
    • August 23, 2017
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    You are awesome and so is your cutting board! Subscribed!

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    • Niyea Hackney
    • August 23, 2017
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    When i eat peanut butter sandwiches i always put it in the microwave so i won't choke on the peanut butter. It tastes so much better and less choky.

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    • Solergie
    • August 23, 2017
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    honestly if i was the mom i'd eat all the apples than feel bad 😛

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    • Yarinel1
    • August 23, 2017
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    CatchPhrases
    Have that marker handy in your kitchen
    Heavy things on the bottom
    Go figure
    Into the bag it goes
    Aim shot fire
    Let them know mommy loves him
    School is their job

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    • CheeZe_ToastiE TV
    • August 23, 2017
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    Looks really tasty! + I eat this recipe myself as it's a great time saver and I love peanut butter. I have subscribed, you deserve it!

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    • Jocelyn Molina
    • August 23, 2017
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    So you don't care if you're kid gets teased maybe bullied

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    • Hamda Yusuf
    • August 23, 2017
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    wheres the drink for the lunch

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