FIGHT GERMS

For your kids, the best thing about school is see­ing all their friends, but that’s ex­actly what makes them prone to land­ing on the couch with a cold. When you’re around a whole bunch of other kids and some­body gets sick, it’s eas­ier for it to spread aroun

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Dine to­gether. In a re­cent Univer­sity of Min­nesota study, tweens and teens who ate with their fam­i­lies at least five times a week con­sumed more veg­gies, fiber, cal­cium, and vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. The prob­lem? As teens get older and their sched­ules get more hec­tic, shared meals drop off by about 30 per­cent. So­lu­tion: Find a time to eat to­gether at least a few times a week, whether it’s a pan­cake break­fast or a Satur­day af­ter­noon lunch, and you’ll have a bet­ter shot at squeez­ing in all the nu­tri­ents your kids need. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. When your kids don’t get enough z’s, they’re three times more likely to catch a cold pos­si­bly be­cause sleep de­pri­va­tion im­pairs im­mune cells that fight in­fec­tion. But tweens and teens who have been blow­ing off bed­time dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion of­ten have dif­fi­culty adapt­ing to an ear­lier start. To ad­just sleep sched­ules for school, set the alarm 15 min­utes ear­lier each day the week be­fore school be­gins, slowly inch­ing up wake-up times. If your kid is still strug­gling to sleep, ban tele­vi­sion, com­puter time, and video games an hour be­fore bed­time, since the bright light can throw off a child’s nat­u­ral cir­ca­dian rhythm, mak­ing it harder to nod off.

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