17 Jan Are your kids practising these healthy habits in school?
Australian school kids can spend up to eight hours a day at school. At the end of January, millions will pack their bags, polish their shoes, pop on their uniform and head back into the classroom. To get the most out of their school day, it’s important for kids to practise healthy habits to keep their mind active and their bodies moving.
Kids would seldom, if ever, think about the impact that common activities like sitting in a classroom, carrying a heavy bag, or excessive screen time can have on their overall health and wellbeing. Our own Dr Scott Walton (BSc, DC) Chiropractor, wants Aussie kids to start practising positive spinal health habits all year round.
With kids spending the majority of their day at school, we need to help educate them in making the right decisions about their health and wellbeing. This month we’re promoting practical and useful tips for kids and their parents ahead of the school year and we hope they’ll remember to practise them all year round.
These tips include carrying a backpack correctly with both straps, sitting correctly in school with their shoulders back and relaxed, and eating a balanced diet. Dr Scott also recommends kids stay hydrated throughout the day and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
A huge part of learning these days is on computers and screens, so monitoring children’s recreational screen time and potentially reducing it to two hours a day can help with the effects that screen use has on a child’s developing spine and their overall wellbeing.
As part of the Australian Chiropractors Association’s Back to School public health campaign Wellspring Chiropractic is encouraging the community of North Lakes to start practising these healthy habits in school and at home.
Chiropractors are extremely well placed to assess and manage disorders of the musculoskeletal system and offer solutions and advice regarding your, or your childs, spinal health issues and how to improve overall health and wellbeing.
For the rest of January, we will be offering complimentary Postural Assessments and advice on selecting the right backpack for your child.
To find out more about how to practise these healthy habits, visit backtoschool.org.au.
To book an appointment with one of our chiropractors call 3482 2637 or click here to book an appointment online