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5 ‘stay healthy’ tips for avoiding classroom cooties

School is a great place to learn, play and make friends. Unfortunately it’s also a great place for germs to get very well-acquainted … with your entire family! With 20 to 30 kids in a classroom and even more on the playground, it’s hard to avoid the germs that cause such illnesses as colds, flus and more.

Check out these immune boosting tips you can follow all year long:

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1. Eat healthy. It’s no secret, a balanced diet is key for a healthy immune system. By focusing on a variety of fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods and sugary snacks, your family will get the nutrition it needs to fight off germs during the school year.

2. Get plenty of exercise. Frequent, moderate exercise is important for good health and strong immunity. On a daily basis, encourage kids to play sports, run, bike ride or dance, all to keep their bodies fit, hearts pumping strong and minds happy. Better yet, join in on the fun yourself!

3. Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is crucial to good health, both mentally and physically. A recent study showed that when you get less than seven hours sleep at night, you’re three times more likely to come down with a cold or flu.

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4. Take supplements. Government recommendations call for five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But how many of us really get them? To help fill the gaps, look for nutritional supplements supported by published clinical research, like those containing EpiCor, an immune-strengthening ingredient found in many dietary supplement brands sold in stores and online.

5. Don’t forget about you. As a parent, your first priority is usually the kids. But you need to make sure that you also take care of yourself, too, especially during the chaotic school and work week. Make sure that you drink enough water and get a few minutes each day to relax and recharge your immune battery. 

While you can’t avoid germs altogether, you can take steps to strengthen your family’s immunity and overall health.

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