The new school year is almost upon us. There are many things that contribute to your child’s success in school. Curiosity and enthusiasm for learning are key to being successful in school, However, good health ranks in the top two for successful students. Good health is a combination of physical, emotional, and environmental health. According to author Vicki Abeles, one way to ensure your child is in good physical and emotional health is to give him time – the time to rest and keep healthy habits. You cannot overestimate the need for adequate sleep for your child’s well-being. Adequate sleep is needed to maintain attention and for remembering what you’ve learned.
A healthy environment is a supportive environment, one that is safe both physically and emotionally for your child. In school settings, this is sometimes referred to as promoting “community in schools.” Key to this teaching students how to care for others as well as themselves.
HealthStart’s Curriculum, “Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!), teaches these aspects of health and wellbeing to children as young as three. For more information about what we are doing to help your children succeed in school and in life, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.
Did you know that there is a way to breathe that calms you down, makes you feel good and strengthens your immune system? Seems too good to be true, but it is! It’s called “belly breathing” and it comes from the yoga tradition. Imagine that your belly is a balloon. Now, breathe in and out through your nose, let the belly relax and fill up like a balloon, then gently squeeze the belly in as you exhale. This way of breathing helps to calm the nervous system and gives you a chance to focus and let go of stress.
You can use this breath to fall asleep as well. Sleep is vital to health. Sometimes our minds become too “busy” and falling asleep can be difficult. You can try some belly breathing the next time this happens, and the results may surprise you! Studies show that when we get enough sleep we are better able to retain and understand what we learn. Some research indicates that a steady sleep schedule may be even more important than total sleep time for learning and cognition.
Both deep breathing and healthy sleep support your well-being and help you to have a better day, every day!
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As the kids are going back to school we start to think about the food choices they will make on a daily basis. While 86% of children eat school-provided lunch, the other 14% bring their lunch from home. Make this the year that you pack your child a healthy and exciting lunch for school. Try a bento box, originating in Japan a bento is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. You can create your own Bento by filling it with healthy veggies, fruits, low-fat cheeses, lean proteins and whole wheat grains. Make it colorful and fun, get creative. Its a create your own adventure for the kid in all of us.
Source: 10 Healthy School Lunch Combinations
The Long Center presents Fit Kids Fest, a FREE community event Saturday, September 16th from 9 to 6 pm on the City Terrace.
Fit Kids Fest is a FREE event for our community filled with fun activities that promote active children and healthy eating. HealthStart will be there with our Monstralia gear, health education activities, and brain food bingo. Won't you join us?
We still need a few volunteers for the event. All day and shorter shifts are available. Sign up here.
We are excited to announce that we have been chosen for the second year in a row as one of the 26 Austin Gives Miles charities. Are you thinking of running a 5K, half marathon, or marathon in the next year? You can sign up to run it at the Austin Marathon and raise funds for healthy kids as part of #TeamHealthStart on February 18, 2018. Email team captain and HealthStart Outreach Coordinator Erin Damm with any questions.
HealthStart has set the foundation for good health in child care centers and elementary schools, but these are only a fraction of the kids who need health education. We have an opportunity to bring our science-based approach to health education to health clinics and public housing projects so that these children can also develop healthy habits and reach their full potential.
That’s why we’d like to invite you to become a monthly Sustaining Donor today. It’s easy on your budget and you’ll help us build a healthier future for Central Texas children and our communities. It’s safe and secure and your gift will go further. And if, at any time, you’d like to update your donation, you can simply log in through our online donation page and make changes.