Are you a parent or caregiver struggling to get your kids on board with healthy habits? It can be tough to compete with the draw of sugary snacks and endless screen time, but fear not! Even small changes can make a big difference. We've got 4 tips this week to help you support your child's health while they're at school, and the best part is they will likely benefit you too! 1. Let's get active! Starting the day with some exercise is a great way to get those brains firing and spines moving for the day ahead. If distance permits, encouraging your children to move their body by walking or cycling to school could be a simple way to do this, but if you need to drive, how about parking a little further away from the entrance to encourage some extra steps? 2. Posture power Good posture isn't just about looking confident; it can prevent discomfort and pain too. Leading by example by being mindful of your posture at home can encourage your children to do the same. For instance, elevating screens to reduce neck strain, sitting with your back straight, buttocks towards the back of the seat with both feet on the ground, and keeping your shoulders relaxed can all help to keep your spine healthy. 3. Backpack buddies Backpacks can be a real pain in the back, especially if they're too heavy or worn incorrectly. Choosing a backpack with two straps and positioning it across the upper back can help distribute the weight evenly and avoid strain. 4. Healthy treats at the ready Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast and packing a healthy lunch can encourage children to reach for the good stuff instead of processed snacks. Having them to hand at the end of the day is always advised to help reduce the post school cravings! Incorporating these 4 tips into your family's routine can help care for your child's body and spine. Plus, once these habits become second nature, you'll all feel better for it! If you need further support or guidance when it comes to spinal health, we are here for you too. It's never too early in life to schedule a chiropractic visit, so feel free to reach out if you would like to arrange a visit for your family or loved one. The content of this blog is for educational purposes and is not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.
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