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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Summer Healthy Kids

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired 6.17.2019

School is out for summer! No more homework. No more rushing to catch the bus. No more having to get up super early to get ready for school. While summer is a great break from a child’s normal schedule, a carefree summer break isn’t always good for a child’s health. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to keep your children healthy this summer.

Stick to the Bedtime Schedule

Even though your child does not have to get up early to prepare themselves for a busy day of learning, a set bedtime every day is extremely important. Lack of sleep effects their growing bodies and doesn’t allow them enough energy to participate in activities that keep them healthy such as exercising or eating healthy snacks. To help them stick to a set bedtime, try to keep dinnertime at a set time each day, keep them active during the day and limit naps, and turn off all electronics no less than one hour before bed.

Healthy Food = Healthy Children

Children are accustomed to a set breakfast and lunch schedule whether it be provided by the school or in their lunchbox from home. This allows you to control what and how much they are eating during the day. During the summer, it is easier for your children to make less than healthy choices during travel or sitting in front of the television watching their favorite movie.

For road trips, plan ahead and pack their lunchbox with healthy snacks in case your little ones become hungry between destinations.

Swap out the junk food in your pantry and fridge for healthier options. You can even make a healthy snack basket with point values so the children know how much of each snack they are allowed to have during the day.

Take a trip to the local farmers market and allow them to help pick out some healthy snacks for the week or teach them how to grow their own fruits and vegetables by planting a garden. Children who get involved in helping grow and make their own food are more likely to make better food choices.

Finding a Summer Routine

By creating a new routine, the children have fewer chances of becoming bored and obese from unhealthy snacking. Whether it be taking a weekly trip to the library, a local park, or fun craft/game activities, keeping a fun schedule each day means less screen time and less snacking.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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