There's no doubt about it, health has a positive impact on school performance! Your child will benefit for a lifetime from healthy habits learned in childhood. A few reminders about the impact of healthy habits and school performance are discussed below.
Most elementary school children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. There is growing concern among health care professionals about the lack of sleep among children today. Television, cell phones, extracurricular activities, and diverse family schedules can rob a child of much needed sleep. Making the extra effort to establish a consistent bedtime for school nights will help your child stay awake and alert in class.
Lower academic performance has been associated with skipping breakfast, yet every day many students arrive at school without the most important meal of the day. Less than 20% of elementary students receive 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Less than 50% of elementary students consume the recommended number of servings of milk group foods. Cereal bars, raisins, fruit juice, nuts, and cheese sticks are all examples of healthy grab and go foods for growing children. Avoiding foods with little or no nutritional value will help teach your child to make healthy choices.
Physical activity should be fun! Children should get 60 minutes of exercise a day, and physical exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on academic performance. Teaching your child to enjoy physical activity can be one of the most important health habits they can learn and it can last a lifetime. Find activities that your child enjoys such as dancing, walking, riding a bike, swimming, or ball games. If you include family exercise activities as a part of your daily life, you will be a healthy role model for your child. As an added benefit, your health will improve!
Students that wash their hands correctly and often have fewer incidences of respiratory and stomach illnesses. Teach your child to use soap and water and wash for at least 15 seconds. A familiar tune may help keep your child washing for the correct time span. Wash hands before meals, after going to the bathroom, after playing outside, and after playing with animals. If soap and water are not available, alcohol based gels are an effective substitute.
Welcome to our school! Each campus has a full-time Health Care Coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns about the health needs of your child, feel free to visit the clinic!