Keeping kids healthy this Fall

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The kids in the White Mountains of Arizona are getting into the routine of juggling homework, extracurricular activities and going to bed at a decent time since school started in August.

These are all important things to keep children healthy, especially with the flu season right around the corner.

Rachel Armstrong, certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, had a few tips to help keep young ones out of the doctor’s office.

“I would say lots of hand washing, drinking plenty of fluids to help flush out the toxins and then [getting the appropriate amount of sleep],” Armstrong said.

Sometimes getting the kids to bed isn’t always as easy as parents want the process to be and Armstrong had some advice.

“Try to stick with a routine every night from [your child] taking a bath or shower before going to bed and then turning off all electronics to help the body unwind,” Armstrong said.

She also likes to tell parents about the 5-2-1-0 message to help prevent childhood obesity.

“It talks about kids consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day,” Armstrong said. “Two hours or less in front of a screen, one hour or more of physical activity and zero soda and sugary beverages.”

Now for the busy moms and dads out there, Armstrong said having healthy snacks in the fridge is a good idea when you need to grab things on the go.

Here is to a healthy school year!

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