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Published on August 29, 2022

ABCs of a Healthy School Year

ABCs of a Healthy School Year

Help your child have a great school year with these well-being tips they can practice year-round. Learn the ABCs of a healthy school year from Chris Miller, MD, Cone Health Chief of Pediatrics – and they’re good tips for parents and caregivers to follow, too!


Always follow infection prevention guidelines.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wear a mask when required.

Activate a healthy sleep routine.

  • Turn electronics off at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Keep a normal routine every night for your child.
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep.


Begin each day with a healthy breakfast.

Breakfast helps kids in school with energy and focus.

  • Make sure your child starts each day with breakfast.
  • Make breakfast as healthy as possible.

Build in time for exercise.

Exercise helps keep us healthy, and also reduces our stress. It also helps your child focus during the school day.

  • Keep exercise fun.
  • Make it a family event!


Catch up on vaccinations and well-child exams.

If your child's well-exam was delayed due to COVID-19, now is a good time to get them back on track. If your child is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, they should get it. 

Control stress.

School can cause stress for your kids. Homework, assignments and due dates can add pressure for your child. It is important to have outlets to alleviate stress, including:

  • Meditation.
  • Relaxation.
  • Exercise.

If you feel like your child has too much stress in their life, please contact a medical professional for more help.

Caregivers - these tips are for you, too!

Parents and caregivers, lead by example. These tips are great for your health too. Your children look up to you and are watching!

Children's Services at Cone Health

You want the best for your kids. For comprehensive, family-centered health care from birth through the teen years, turn to the pediatric specialists at Cone Health and Cone Health Medical Group. You’ll find us in your community, and you can count on us to care for everything from minor bumps and bruises to critical injuries and illnesses. Learn more about health care for kids at Cone Health by visiting