Back to School Means Back to Bedtime

Mention the word “bedtime” in the summer and you’re sure to get groans from kids of any age. That’s especially true of teenagers who have spent the summer staying out late and sleeping until noon. But when it’s time to go back to school, getting back into healthy sleep patterns is a necessity for having … Read More

7 Tips to a Lighter, Safer School Backpack

If the contents of your child’s school backpack could fill a small European car, it’s time to think about lightening the load. Backpacks that are too heavy for a child not only cause discomfort but may lead to physical problems. 4 Things You Can’t Forget for Back-to-School What potential problems could a heavy backpack cause? … Read More

7 Tips to Beat Back-to-School Jitters

A new school year has arrived with lots of changes for kids — some exciting, some bewildering. Kids have a wide range of concerns about school and so do parents. Different ages, different worries Child psychologist Wendy Cunningham, PsyD, says there are many reasons for kids to get back-to-school jitters. Younger school children may be … Read More

4 Things You Can’t Forget for Back-to-School

Backpack? Check. Notebooks? Check. Pens and pencils? Check. Your kid’s health information? Well … That’s not one to forget. As you make up your child’s back-to-school to-do lists, pediatrician Kim Giuliano, MD, says it’s very important to remember to add up-to-date health information to the mix. 1. Check: up-to-date health records Dr. Giuliano says before … Read More

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8 Healthy Back-to-School Resolutions

It’s back-to-school time again. As a mother, I find it’s one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a time of fresh starts, much like New Year’s, so why not use it as an excuse to make healthy new resolutions? Start with these tips to make this school year the healthiest yet — for … Read More

Why Kids Need Back to School Eye Exams

You may be knee deep in school supplies as the new year approaches, but don’t forget about your children’s health, especially their eyes. Ophthalmologist Rishi Singh, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute, says it’s never a bad idea to have your child’s eyesight checked at the start of each new school year. During adolescence, … Read More

Back to School Sleep Schedule

It won’t be long before the kids will be back at school learning their ABC’s. But now is the time to start getting them some more z’s.  Jyoti Krishna, MD, who treats pediatric sleep disorders at Cleveland Clinic, says to use the next couple of weeks getting the kids back on their school sleep schedule. … Read More

Morning Diet: Ditch the Sugary Cereal

Every night, we hit the sack to recharge our batteries. As we sleep, our bodies keep our hearts pumping blood, our lungs breathing and our brains functioning. In the morning, our bodies crave nourishment to refuel after a hard night’s work.  The problem? Too many of us replenish ourselves with sugary cereals. Popular cereals on grocery … Read More

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New Rules for School Lunches

School lunches subsidized by the federal government will now be getting a whole lot healthier, according to new rules. A few of the changes: Pizza will be made with healthier ingredients, entire meals will have calorie caps, and most trans fats will be banned. Sodium will gradually decrease over a 10-year period. Milk will have … Read More