Back-to-school time is all about switching gears and acclimating to new routines. There are forms to fill out, supplies to buy, and decisions galore. Young children are excited to spend time with classmates every day. College students can't wait to soak up the fun and freedom of living on their own. Parents are busy adjusting to new schedules and priorities. And everyone is feeling just a little bittersweet over leaving behind the long, sunny days of summer vacation.
Amidst all the busyness of a new school year, healthy habits can easily go by the wayside. Core health factors like nutrition, exercise, and sleep can get pushed to the bottom of the daily to-do list. Or not. It depends on how parents and students choose to approach this season. Back to school can be a great time to set new, healthy intentions.
This year, back to school looks a bit different than usual, both literally and figuratively. Amid the challenges the pandemic has created, there are avenues to help students, whether school age or college age, move through the year with healthy minds and bodies. Below are four easy ways to do just that.