As the school season draws near everyone is making all the necessary preparation to ensure that their child/children is well prepared for the start of the semester...
It is important to remember that nutrition is an important factor in academic performance...
Let's look at some back to school health tips:
(retrieved august 20 2015.http://jis.gov.jm/tips/back-to-school-health-tips/)
1. Ensure that a complete medical examination is done.
Before your child starts the new school year, make sure that a
complete medical examination is done to determine the child’s health
2. Ensure that your child is fully immunized.
Making sure that children of all ages are fully vaccinated is one of
the most important things parents can do to ensure their children’s
long-term health, as well as the health of friends, classmates and
others in the community.
3. Plan healthy breakfasts and lunches.
As you prepare to send your children back to school, remember that
nutrition is an important factor in academic performance. Studies have
shown that children who eat healthful, balanced breakfasts and lunches
are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades than
those who have an unhealthy diet.
4. Food Safety
Parents are reminded to adhere to food safety practices when preparing any type of food. These include:
Washing of hands with warm water and soap for at least twenty seconds before preparing food.
Cooking of foods that require cooking to an appropriate temperature to prevent loss of nutrients.
Refrigerating foods that need refrigeration at the required temperature before preparation
Preparing food on a clean surface to prevent food-borne illnesses
Checking of canned food labels to determine if they are safe for your children to eat
5. Give your child plenty of water to drink.
Remember, water is the best drink for kids and even adults. Soda,
sweet teas, fruit drinks and sports drinks contain too much sugar, and
have been linked to overweight and obesity.
6. Ensure that your child eats the right food.
This requires eating from the five Caribbean food groups which
includes proteins and fats, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, legumes
and beans in moderate proportions, which helps your child to function
effectively in school.
7. Promote exercise as part of your child’s daily routine.
Exercise enhances the brain’s metabolism, and reduces obesity, which
can lead to heart disease. Studies have shown that children, who
exercise a lot, have better memory retention, which helps in their
overall performance in school.
8. Helping to prevent harmful diseases.
Children should be taught to wash their hands for at least 30 seconds
before and after using the bathroom, to prevent communicable diseases.
Children should also be taught to wash their hands for at least 30
seconds before handling any type of food to prevent against bacteria,
germs and other parasites.