It’s that time of year again…back to school! Some parents and caregivers may have a little anxiety about the new year, so here are some tips to ensure that your child has a safe and successful start to the school year:
Prepare the Paperwork: Although often times anxiety provoking, school physicals are an essential component to starting the school year off right. The physical includes a full assessment of the child’s needs that the school should be informed of from vision and hearing screenings, medication lists, food allergies, and physical health. These all can affect your child’s school performance. Make sure all immunizations are up to date and complete any necessary physical exams for extracurricular activities. There may also be new state requirements for vaccines that parents should be aware of.
Banish the Bulky Backpacks: Improper backpacks remain a source of chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain for many children once school is back in session. You should be looki...
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us...Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
One of the biggest threats to our health these days is obesity. In recent years, obesity was officially classified as a disease. No longer simply thought of as a consequence to overeating and inactivity, obesity is now considered to be a disruption to the normal structure and function of the body. In fact, being severely overweight is now considered as much of a threat to the physical health as any other disease such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.
Obesity is a disease that we now see in epidemic proportions. The most recent estimates are that 1 out of every 3 adults, and roughly 1 out of every 5 children in this country is obese. We’ve got to shed the extra weight. The reality is that if left unchecked, obesity can lead to chronic disease,...
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB
There’s no secret that in order to be physically healthy, you must be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy. Your “outward” physical health will be a reflection of your “inward” health. This undeniable mind, body, and soul connection is what Paul eludes to in 3 John 1:2. It is just as difficult to prosper physically when you are spiritually unhealthy, as it is to prosper spiritually when you are physically unhealthy. Our goal should be to prosper in all areas so that when we are healthy on the “inside”, we are healthy on the “outside”.
The relationship between mental health, physical health and nutrition is a close one and what we feed ourselves matters. Nutrition is the foundation of health and we’ll get out of our bodies, that which we put in. When we truly understand just how fearfully, and wonderfully designed by God we are, the phrase “You are what you eat” becomes more...