Healthy School At Home

Healthy School At Home


If your children are learning from home this year, use this checklist to make sure they stay healthy.
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Take time for physical activity.

Children ages 6 to 17 should do 1 hour or more of daily moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, including daily aerobic. They also need activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping), and that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups) 3 days each week.

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Eat healthy meals and snacks.

  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
  • Include low-fat or nonfat milk or dairy products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
  • Serve reasonably sized portions.
  • Limit sugar and saturated fat.

Use the BAM Dining Decisions App to help kids choose healthy foods.

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Rethink their drink.

Encourage children to drink lots of water throughout the day and limit sugar-sweetened beverages like soda or sports drinks.

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Wash their hands.

Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

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Get a flu shot.

A yearly flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious effects.

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Get enough sleep.

Sleeping well helps children stay focused and improves concentration and academic performance. Sleep also lessens children’s risks of obesity, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health, and injuries. Learn more about how much sleep children need and tips for a good night’s sleep.

Page last reviewed: September 10, 2020