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What areas of a family’s life should be considered when creating a health transition from summer to school?

Dr. Weber discusses health transitions from summer to school. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Working your way from a looser summer routine back into a more structured school-year routine is a great way to get a healthy start to school.

To start the school year off right, the American Council on ExerciseOff Site Icon (ACE) recommends some of the following tips:

  • Healthy breakfast – Give your kids healthy fuel to start the day. Try a fresh fruit and spinach smoothie, some oatmeal or some fruit and nuts.
  • Walk/bike to and from school – Incorporate healthy activity by taking an opportunity to walk or bike with your kids to school when you can. If they’re old enough, encourage them to walk or bike to school with friends and use it as an opportunity to talk about safety.
  • Smart lunches – Work to cut back on sugary drinks in your kids’ lunches by packing a water bottle instead. Try to include something protein-rich, like some almonds or apples with peanut butter. And, don’t forget to add a cooling pack of some kind to keep their lunch at the right temperature.
  • After-school activity – Once your kids are home from school, encourage them to have some fun outside when the weather is nice. Also, signing them up for after school activities, such as sports or dance, can keep the couch and screen time to a minimum.
  • Hit the hay – Children should be getting 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and teens need at least eight hours. Starting to get back into good sleep habits before summer ends will help once school starts.
  • Comfy clothes – Help your kids choose loose fitting, comfortable clothes that don’t restrict movement and play while at school. Also make sure they’re wearing shoes that will let them be active – sneakers are always a good choice.

Starting off the school year on a healthy note can help the transition from summer to school go as smoothly as possible.

For more information about making a healthy transition from summer to school, talk with your physician.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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