Health and Environmental Awareness Info

PII is very much concern about how to develop and maintain good health of your child. Starting from food, exercise, sleep, family time, doctor visits to following good manners at school, it is a long way to go. Every small activity inculcated right from the start will habituate your child to grow into a healthy being and a disciplined individual. You have to ensure your child’s well being at all times. You cannot follow them everywhere. Hence, it is essential to teach them healthy habits to follow for life.  To help you in the process, here’s a sneak peek into the 10 best health tips for kids

1. Natural Food and Balanced Diet     

A balanced meal is the most recommended diet for every child as it helps in the betterment of one’s health and boosts immunity. You should offer a variety of food options to kids so that they develop their taste. You do not need to force them to eat but can offer them a few bites to start with. Also, you should avoid giving them processed food, as they are filled with sugar, sodium, calories, and 

2. Minimal Sugar Intake

Food and drinks (including energy drinks such as Bournvita or Horlicks) which are high in sugar content should be avoided. It may lead to children developing a sweet tooth, causing ailments like diabetes and tooth decay. It also results in weak bones due to low calcium absorption, caused by excess sugar in the body.

3. Avoid Enforcing ‘Clean Plate’

Most of us grew up following the clean plate rule, as we were instructed not to waste food served on one’s plate. But this approach may lead to overeating in kids. It does not allow kids to understand and respond to the feeling of fullness in their bodies. As a result, they do not learn where to limit oneself and stop eating. So, give them plenty of food choices and allow them to pick what they are willing to try and eat. Guide them to decide their intake capacity, and they will learn to eat in limits.

4. Occasional Desserts

You should make it a point to give sweets to kids only occasionally. Do not turn desserts into a reward; else it may become the main reason for kids to have their food. Also, you should not use food or sweets as a way to show your affection. It can lead them to munch every time to cope with emotions and stress. Instead, you should shower them with hugs and praises.

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5. Frequent Meals

Focus on feeding small portions of food to your child at regular intervals, rather than the traditional habit of 3 big meals a day. The 2 main important aspects of this habit, which can avoid potential ailments later in life, are:

  • It becomes easy for the child’s body to digest the small amounts of food.
  • It will help to maintain the body weight of your child and keep him fit.

6. Be on the Move

Keep your children engaged and active all times. Do not let them become couch potatoes. You should set a minimal TV and computer time for your kids. Keeping them away from screens will help them use their time in a constructive manner. Motivate them to spend time playing some outdoor sport or other physical activity.

7. Getting Enough Sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep is equally important as it is vital for healthy growth and development in young children. It is advisable to habituate your kids to go to bed early and rise early. It will help create a routine for them, which they will be able to follow later in life.

8. Preventing Cold and Flu

Hand washing is one of the essential health tips for children to follow at home and school, that can help to prevent possible spreading of illness among children. Children need to be taught to wash their hands properly before and after eating, and after using the bathroom. You can teach them to use anti-bacterial wipes. They also need to be taught not to share their cups and utensils with friends.

9. Plenty of Water

Some of the most vital functions in our body, like digestion, circulation, and excretion, require us to intake a good amount of water. Besides, water also energizes our body and keeps us hydrated through the day. Lacking the required amount of water in our body may lead to problems like constipationdehydration, and even kidney stones. Hence, it is recommended that you habituate your kids to keep drinking water at frequent intervals, to maintain their good health.

10. Kids Follow Adult Behaviour

Kids are prone to follow what they observe on a daily basis. They will most probably follow your footsteps and of their siblings. Hence, it is highly essential that you try to be a good role model and set the best example by implementing the below tips:

Environmental Information: 

As a school student, there are probably a thousand other things on your mind besides the current environmental state of the planet and our environment. However, humans are contributing to a dangerous increase in the average global temperature is profound and widely accepted among scientists.

Many of us are largely unaware of how much our everyday choices impact the environment, particularly with the amount of waste we generate and carbon dioxide we produce. Being the generation who will have to tackle this issue head-on, it’s extremely important that we all make efforts to decrease our contribution to environmental ruination. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to go green without having to drastically change your lifestyle. Here are 10 simple tips on how to become more eco-friendly:

1. Use reusable bags : 

Plastic is incredibly harmful when it ends up in water systems, often harming or killing marine life. A growing trend in grocery stores is to charge an extra few cents for customers to use their plastic bags in the hopes of reducing the practice. Many grocery stores, now sell reusable grocery bags that can be used instead. If carrying reusable bags around a store doesn’t sound appealing or you tend to forget to bring the bags into the store in the first place, some companies even sell reusable bags that fold up into a case that can be clipped onto your keychain.

2. Use reusable water bottles : 

While it may be tempting to just buy a bottled water or Gatorade from a vending machine or store, reusable water bottles, especially when made out of metal, decrease the amount of plastic used. Buying one reusable water bottle is also cheaper than spending money on a new plastic one every day. Reusable bottles not only decrease the amount of plastic used, but also help you to save money.

3. Recycle : 

There’s a reason you hear this tip over and over. Recycling has numerous benefits, such as reducing the amount of waste in landfills, saving trees, creating jobs, and conserving energy. 

4. Buy recycled items : 

It’s important to recycle, but it’s just as important to buy recycled items in order to create a demand for recycling in the first place. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s [EPA], less water and energy is used making recycled items than making brand new items. Many stores sell paper, pencils, and notebooks made out of recycled materials. Reusing old notebooks instead of buying new ones also saves paper and energy.

5. Turn off electronics when not in use : 

Leaving electronics such as your computer and television on when they’re not in use wastes energy and produces excess carbon dioxide. Most laptops can be set to sleep mode after they have been inactive for a certain period of time, which also reduces energy consumption. Devices that are turned off should also be unplugged if they’re able to be, since they can still consume energy while plugged in.

6. Eat less meat : 

This doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a full-time vegetarian, although that is an even better alternative. According to the Greenpeace website, raising cows, pigs, and chickens generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as cars and trucks do. Cutting back on the amount of meat you consume per week can help limit the amount of meat that is needed to be produced, therefore limiting the greenhouse gasses given off into the atmosphere. Making efforts to buy local and truly organic meat and other food when possible is also a huge step towards sustainability.

7. Take shorter showers : 

It’s easy to lose track of time while taking a hot shower on a chilly Syracuse day, but cutting down on shower time saves water and reduces the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. You can further reduce the amount of water you use by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth instead of letting it run the entire time.

8. Only print what you need to print : 

Only print articles, readings, and homework that are absolutely necessary to have as a hard copy can save ink, paper, and a number of trees required to make that paper. If you do decide to print, printing on both sides is also more sustainable.

9. Only wash full loads of laundry : 

Rather than washing a few items of clothing at a time, wait until you have an entire load to wash altogether. This saves water, electricity, and saves you trips to the washing machine. Washing your clothes on cold instead of hot also saves energy since about 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water.

10. Carpool and use public transportation : 

Carpool with friends or take the bus instead of taking your own vehicle every time you go somewhere. This reduces the amount of pollution released into the atmosphere, reduces gas used, reduces the number of vehicles on the road, limits the need for road construction, and saves you money. Taking it a step further, walking or riding your bike to your destination is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.