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Healthy Habits for Kids!


Postural issues are on the rise with heavy backpacks a leading cause, closely followed by Ipads, mobile phones and prolonged sitting at desks with computers. Not only is poor posture a cause of pain and discomfort, it has been shown to influence mood, confidence and brain activity.

Below are our top 5 tips to keep your kids healthy: 

  • Backpack Basics – To promote good spinal health in children the first thing that needs to be addressed is the backpack. Packed bags should not weight more than 10% of the child’s weight – only back the essentials. Choose a bag that has broad, padded shoulder straps and ensure kids wear both straps at all times. Pack heavier items (books and folders) towards the back of the bag and lighter items (pencil cases and lunch) towards the front. Backpacks should only be worn for 30minutes or less at any single time. 
  • Break it up – Set a timer to remind your child to take short breaks from their desk or computer every 45-60 minutes. In this break encourage them to do a few stretches and drink a glass of water to refresh themselves. Every couple of hours change the study topic to add variety, keep interest high and enhance concentration levels. 
  • It’s all about posture – Spending long periods of time at the desk or in front of a computer can play havoc with the body. It’s important that children are aware of their posture and develop good habits from an early age. Choose chairs that allow both feet to rest comfortably on the floor with knees at the same height as the hips. Ensure that children sit up straight with shoulders relaxed and the chin slightly tucked in.
  • Eat well, live well – Maintaining a nutritious diet is important at any age, but especially for growing children. Eating a balanced, healthy diet is essential to keeping kids alert in the classroom and active in the playground. To help nourish the brain include these foods into your kid’s diet:
    • Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines & mackerel (high in omega3) 
    • Walnuts
    • Wholegrains (low GI to allow the slow release of glucose)
    • Blueberries 
    • Flaxseed oil
    • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turn the power on – Regular Chiropractic adjustments allow your child’s body to work more effectively, allowing them to move and think better.

If you would like any more information on how to help your child function at their best chat to one of our Chiropractors. 

Dr Nicole Hudson

Principal Chiropractor | Connect Chiropractic

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