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There is no doubt that going back to school can be both exciting and overwhelming for parents and children alike.
To take the stress out of the season, we’ve rounded up a few simple tips and some innovative products for a healthier, more organized year.
Dress up safely
Part of getting ready to go back to the classroom is buying the right gear, and nothing says back to school like a brand new backpack. When buying a backpack, there are some important ergonomic tips to keep in mind.
When packing your backpack, make sure to pack heavier items closer to the back of the bag and lighter items in the front to better distribute the weight across the body. AN backpack that focuses on wide shoulder straps is the key, combined with a backpack organizer for smaller items is a surefire way to make sure kids always know where to find that extra pen.
The golden rule you want to aim for is that the backpack weighs no more than 10 percent of your child’s body weight. To limit the number of items your child has to carry each day, focus on utility. A great option is a reusable notebook who can also store all their notes in the cloud – meaning less paper waste, which is always a bonus.
Prepared meals for easy mornings
studies show that healthy eating habits start at a young age and can influence food choices later in life. Packing your child’s lunch is an easy way to build good habits for life.
To make lunch easier. keep sliced veggies in the fridge for easy access, as well as easy unsliced options like snow peas, mini cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes for those weeks when you’re short on time. Using beeswax wraps to store all those ready-to-eat veggies makes it a real grab and go option.
Cover all four food groups
A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed that packed lunches often lack whole grains and that only 11 percent of packed lunches contain vegetables.
Making sure all food groups are well represented is another way to ensure that children are getting the right nutrition and a bento box can help as a visual reminder. Try including one slot for fruits, one for veggies, one for protein, and one for those pesky whole grains!
Keep hydration in mind
By now, most of us are aware of the benefits of using a water filter at home, but what about at school? According to the Environment Working Group, tap water can contain more than 250 contaminants.
to have a water bottle that can filter those contaminants along the way can provide extra peace of mind, especially if you want to avoid chemicals and heavy metals that may still be left in your water source.
So what are you waiting for? Start cutting those veggies, pack that backpack, and get better at school.
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