Happy schoolboy doing stretching exercise during physical education class at school gym.

As the new year approaches, it’s the perfect time for schools to start thinking about ways to promote healthy habits among students. By implementing these healthy habits, schools can help students live healthier lives and set them up for success in the long run.

1. Offer healthy food options in the school shop/cafeteria, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
2. Encourage students and parents to bring their own healthy lunches from home.
3. Provide opportunities for physical activity during the school day, such as recess or physical education classes.
4. Encourage after-school sports programs or other physical activities. Sport is a powerful tool.
5. Start clubs for managing stress, such as meditation or yoga classes.
6. For schools using tablet technology, implement a “no screen time” policy during meal times.
7. Set up a hydration station with water and electrolyte-rich beverages.
8. Offer nutrition education through classroom lessons, health fairs, or other events.
9. Encourage students to get enough sleep at home by setting consistent bedtimes and limiting screen time before bed.
10. Promote hand-washing and encourage students to use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
11. Implement a “meatless Monday” program and encourage students to try plant-based protein sources.
12. Provide resources for students to learn about the importance of mental health and how to practice self-care.
13. Encourage students to participate in community service projects that promote health and wellness.
14. Offer resources for students to learn about the importance of environmental sustainability and how to reduce their carbon footprint.
By adopting these healthy habits, schools can create a culture of wellness that will benefit students for years to come.

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