It’s that time of year again. The nights are getting a bit cooler, leaves are beginning to change to their autumn colors and football season is underway. Although it feels like summer has just started, children across the country are already heading back to school.
While retailers push supplies such as calculators, flash drives and backpacks as essentials for the new school year, they’re leaving out the most critical element of your child’s success: their health. Here are three healthy back-to-school tips that teach your kids good habits, and will put them on a track for lifelong wellness.
Tip #1: Make sure they eat breakfast and encourage them to graze. Clinical studies show that eating breakfast positively affects students’ memories compared to those who skip this important meal. By eating a healthy breakfast, and smaller more frequent meals, your child is less prone to blood sugar mood swings. Pack nutritious snacks such as apple slices or a handful of almonds that they can nibble on when they’re running out of fuel. This will keep your little one alert and focused throughout the school day.
Tip #2: Prepare more meals using Carotino to help combat fatty liver disease. New research has come out indicating that nearly 10 percent of U.S. teens have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD). NAFLD is the silent buildup of extra fat in liver cells and may cause cardiovascular and liver problems later in life. Researchers at Ohio State University found that Vitamin E tocotrienols such as those found in products made with palm fruit oil may slow the progression of liver disease. Carotino Red Palm & Canola oil is an abundant source of tocotrienols. Include this healthy oil in your child-friendly recipes as often as possible.
Tip #3: Keep them active. Make sure your child has the time to run, play and be a kid. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain, so regular participation in sports and other physical activities can help improve the function of your child’s growing and developing brain. Think of exercising as watering and fertilizing a garden. The more blood flow to the brain, the more nutrients it will receive.
A new school year offers a fresh opportunity to introduce healthy habits to your family. By including these healthy tips on your back-to-school essentials list, you’ll have the comfort of knowing your child is ready to turn in a stellar performance this school year. Check back next week for part two of Healthy back-to-school tips using Carotino.