Published on August 08, 2016

Back to School Tips from Pella Regional

PELLA, Iowa – It’s that time of year again! It’s back to school time! It’s time for friends, new school supplies, clothes and learning. Start off the new school year healthy and safe by following these helpful tips from Pella Regional Health Center:

Eating Right
  • Eat breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason. Whole grain cereals, fresh orange juice and a side of fruit will help your kids concentrate and be alert.
  • Pack a good lunch with protein, a mix of fruits and vegetables, and a healthy snack like pretzels or study the lunch menu to teach your kids how to make healthy choices on their own.
Safe Travel
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street and cross using crosswalks or intersections.
  • If riding a bike, always wear a helmet and wear bright colors to make sure drivers can see you.
  • If walking, make sure you know the safest route from home to school and back. An adult should accompany younger children.
  • If taking a bus to school wait at least three giant steps back from the curb.
  • Use a lightweight backpack with two straps.
  • Always use both shoulder straps and adjust them so the backpack fits comfortably.
  • Pack light—the backpack should not weigh more than 10% of the child’s body weight.
  • Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager.
  • Plan early. Start working into a school routine before the new school year starts. Schedule a set bed time and wake up time and begin enforcing them.
  • Stick with the routine. Don’t use weekends as a time for staying up later or sleeping in longer. The more stability there is the better you sleep and the more alert you are for school.