Every January millions of children, including some of our very own patients, go back to school. While schools are great places for children to learn and develop both mentally and socially, it is important for kids to remember their health and wellbeing in the classroom all year round.

While most parents and children have a checklist of stationery and supplies for starting the school year, we are providing our patients with a ‘Back to School Health Checklist.’ The checklist, developed as part of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) Back to School Campaign, is a great way to remind kids of the importance of building healthy habits in school.

They are simple to incorporate and easily fit into a child’s everyday routine. For instance, packing a healthy lunch filled with lots of fruit and veggies, getting 60 minutes of daily physical activity and wearing the backpack correctly by carrying it with both straps.

The Health Checklist also reminds kids to reduce their recreational screen time, sit correctly in the classroom and consider chiropractic care. Kids don’t often think about the impact that common activities like sitting in a classroom, carrying a heavy bag and excessive screen time can have on their overall health and wellbeing.

Back to School Health Checklist:

  1. Consider visiting your chiropractor to help assess your posture, alignment and body movement.
  2. Wear your backpack with both straps, only pack essential items with heaviest items to the back of the bag.
  3. Secure the waist and chest bag straps.
  4. Pack a healthy and nutritious lunch and snacks.
  5. In the classroom, sit with your shoulders back and relaxed, with both feet on the floor.
  6. Try to reduce screen time where possible.
  7. Get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

 

Pick up your complimentary Back to School Health Checklist from us today, or if you are concerned about your child’s spine or any other back to school related activities, book an appointment with us via https://impulsechiropractic.appointment.mobi/BookingGateway/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fBookingGateway%2f%3fserviceid%3d3&serviceid=3 OR call (02) 9939 8817.

For more information on the ACA’s Back to School, visit backtoschool.org.au