Back To School Tips To Help Your Student Stay Healthy During The School Year
by Apple Therapy
Tips for Backpack Wearing:
Straps: Always wear both straps! If the backpack has a waist strap or chest strap, USE IT. It helps distribute weight through the hips relieving shoulder pressure, and the chest strap keeps the shoulder straps in place and reduces the swaying of the backpack
Placement: Shoulder straps should be tight enough, so the backpack is high on your back, and shoulder straps comfortable on your shoulders. The backpack shoulder rides an inch or more above your hips
Make Adjustments: Readjust straps depending on the thickness of the clothing, so the straps are neither tight nor loose
Fit: The backpack should be tight enough without having the pack sway from side to side. This will avoid chaffing from shoulder straps and the pack rubbing against your back. The more stable, the better
Tips to Increase Support Systems:
Adopt a positive culture: Encourage your students. Support goal setting and allow them to acknowledge these goals can be achieved. They should celebrate all successes.
Choose a workout they enjoy: Whether it be dancing, biking, swimming, walking, etc, find something they enjoy doing to change their outlook towards exercise.
Keep Diversity: Try different things! Change the scenery, decreasing the chance of losing interest
Carve out time for Exercise: Unless you set a certain time, it will continue to be pushed. Treat them as appointments to help keep it!
Take Baby Steps: Start them off small, don’t go overboard. Excessive exercise and going overboard will put extra stress on their body and make them feel burned out. It will make that activity feel unpleasant. Give them the best outlook on exercise early to follow them through their changing lifestyle.
Pack Healthy Snacks: Empty stomachs can bring down test scores. Ensure they are fed nutritious and filling meals, so they are ready for the day.
Teach your students techniques: Mindfulness and meditation. Improve their coping strategies with mindfulness and meditation. You will see improvements in empathy, emotional control, and optimism.
American Academy of Pediatrics (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Backpack-Safety.aspx)