As summer winds down and Fort Worth families gear up for a new school year, NBC 5 and Blue Zones Project invite you to help children succeed in the classroom by adding healthy behaviors to their daily routine.
Making healthy choices are becoming easier as Blue Zones Project, a community-led well-being improvement initiative, helps families, schools and organizations make lasting changes to environments and daily habits.
Parents can help their students’ brains and bodies stay fit and get the school year off to a great start by adding more healthy habits to their daily mix. Here are some well-being tips for your family this school year:
• Transition from summer and help children learn to downshift by establishing a consistent bedtime a week before class begins.
• Set a time each evening to discuss homework, school activities and any anxieties. A family walk is a great way to spend time together.
• Turn off or limit electronic devices in the bedroom. Texting and watching TV make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.
• Set out fruit and other healthy snacks so kids can fuel up for studying.
• Fill the refrigerator with water and reduce sugary drinks.
• Plan healthy meals in advance and eat dinner as a family as often as possible.
Learn how you can join the Blue Zones Project Movement!
Background on Blue Zones Project:
Since Blue Zones Project kicked off in February 2015, more than 18,000 people who live, work, and play in Fort Worth have taken the Blue Zones Personal Pledge to commit to their own well-being. The movement also counts 54 worksites, 26 restaurants, four grocery stores, four schools, and two churches, plus 11 participating organizations. An additional 77 schools in Fort Worth area districts are pursuing Blue Zones Project approval.
Join in the effort to make Fort Worth one of the nation’s healthiest cities -- then celebrate at Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 Party from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. The event includes fun for the whole family and an opportunity to learn more about Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 principles, which are habits shared by the world’s longest living people.