How To Form Healthy Habits When Heading Back To School

A new school year means a fresh start: new school supplies, new books, new teachers, and maybe even new friends! So with all of these exciting changes, why not throw in some new healthy habits, too? We know life can get a little hectic when school is in session, so we thought we would put together a “how to” list for forming healthier habits this school year.


1. Start With a Good Nights Sleep. It’s recommended that kids ages 6-13 get at least 9 hours of sleep each night. This piece of the puzzle is just as important as eating well and exercising! Without it, you’ll have trouble concentrating at school and won’t have any energy to play at recess. Not only that, but poor sleep is linked to poor immune function, meaning you’ll get sick easier if you’re not getting enough Z’s. The bottom line is this: good sleep is a pillar of health and shouldn’t be skimped on!


2. Eat an Energizing Breakfast. You would never try to take a road trip on an empty gas tank, so why would you head out the door without first filling up on a nutritious breakfast? For a hunger crushing combo that will keep you full until lunch, try including protein and fiber at breakfast. For example, oatmeal with nuts and berries, greek yogurt with granola and fruit, or whole grain toast with peanut butter! Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard to make, either. Check out these quick and easy breakfast recipes for those hectic mornings.


3. Don’t Forget Your Lunch! By the time your lunch period rolls around, you’re probably ready to eat a horse! All of that learning will certainly strike up your appetite. Whether you’re buying lunch at school or packing one from home, make sure it’s balanced and fueling. A lunch that provides the most bang for it’s buck includes protein, fiber rich carbohydrates, and heart healthy fats. Click here for lunchbox inspiration!


4. Stick To Your Agenda. You know all that homework due tomorrow? That test you need to study for? The project due next week? All of these tasks swirl around in your head, and the next thing you know, you’ve forgotten to do one of them! We recommend using an agenda, so you can write down your to-do list, and cross items off as you accomplish them. A simple sheet of paper will work, but if you want to get fancy, check out these fun planners!


5. Get Moving! Last but not least, don’t forget to exercise for at least 60 minutes each day. This might sound like a lot, but this can be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, playing hide and seek with friends, soccer practice, or playing tag at recess. Exercise should be fun, so figure out what interests you the most. Not only does moving our bodies feel great, it’s actually super healthy for brain function, too. Studies show that regular exercise can even boost your mood. So let’s get moving!


These are our favorite tips for forming healthier habits this school year. Stick to these (and maybe even add in a few of your own), and we’re sure you’ll have your best school year yet!