6 Back-To-School Tips For Healthier Kids


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4. Join (or Start!) A School Lunch Committee
By joining a school lunch committee or group, parents can be a powerful force in school lunch reform. Start by joining your child for lunch so you can get well acquainted with the current school lunch and snack options, cafeteria layout, restraints, and kitchen workers. Work with other parents and school faculty members who care about healthy food alternatives to brainstorm innovative options such as salad bar grants, vending machines, and school garden programs. If you lack the time to get more involved, educate yourself on packing healthier (and safer) school lunch options.

5. Purchase PVC-Free School Supplies
In a 2012 investigation, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) found that 80% of kid’s back-to-school supplies contained phthalates—chemicals that have been banned in children’s toys for links to asthma, birth defects, and hormone disruption. Purchase PVC-free school supplies made of safer materials to protect your little one’s health. Visit Chej.org to download the Back-to-School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies.

6. Promote Healthy Air Circulation
Because toxic chemicals become concentrated in closed environments like classrooms, ask teachers to open a window. It’s the simplest and most affordable action faculty can take to create a safer, healthier classroom. If done on a regular basis, opening a window for even five minutes a day can help improve poor air quality due to the common use of industrial cleaners, air fresheners, and combustion devices.

Do you have any helpful tips this back-to-school season? Share with us! 

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By Carly Harrill| August 08, 2018
Categories:  Nest

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Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf
Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/6-processed-foods-you-can-make-at-home#sthash.D09EktP2.dpuf

Carly Harrill is a writer, blogger, healthy lifestyle advocate and consultant. Follow her on Twitter at @HummusHomegirl or visit her blog.

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