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Healthy Start to the New (School) Year

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Healthy Start to the New (School) Year

As the new (school) year approaches, you might think, it’s time to make some changes. It’s easy to get mesmerized by the warm summer sun drinking a cool beverage and ordering second round guacamole. What you don’t realize, because your mesmerized, is the effect your summer diet has of your body. Eating poorly can cause depression, weight gain, and more, especially for kids.

Before school starts consider Teenscreen. Screening can help detect early signs of depression. Teen depression can lead to poor academic achievement, substance abuse, or even worse, suicide. More than one million teens in the U.S. suffer from depression and less than one-third of those teens receive help.

The first step is to clean up the summer junk. Throw away the chips and dip and drink less. Plan out your meals the meals for your kids Sunday night. Doing anything on a Sunday night can be hard, but it will make the week seem so much easier. Second step, set weekly  goals. Start with exercise goals and start with something easy, e.g., run 1x this week, go to yoga 2x this week,  bike to work everyday this week, etc…

Help your kids set goals too. Reaching goals gives you and your kids natural endorphins. This will give you more energy and happiness, similar to the feelings you have in the summer while being “mesmerized” by the sun.  Happiness and energy are two of the most important ingredients to a successful and fulfilling life.