Healthy Back-to-School

The countdown is on until the 2015 school year starts for most Minnesota kids. Here are some ways parents can help kids establish good habits right from the start! KSTP asked me to share my tips with their viewers. Click here to watch the interview. 

  1. Sleep Schedules
  2. Lunch Lessons

Click here for a cottage cheese dip recipe and other healthy lunch ideas

  1. Everyday Exercise

Check out these yoga poses the whole family can do:

The Butterfly Pose

Begin sitting with your spine straight and your legs “criss cross applesauce.”

Bring the bottoms of your feet to touch and bring your fingers up to your head.

Gently bounce your knees to flap your butterfly wings and move your fingers to wiggle your butterfly antennae.

3 Legged Dog Pose

Begin in downward dog.  

Lift one leg, hold, then lower with an exhale.

Repeat with the opposite leg.

Kite Pose

Begin in Star Pose.

Stand tall with your legs spread wide.

Reach your arms out to either side.

Keeping your neck and spine straight, tip your star to one side, balancing on one leg for as long as you can.

Return to star pose with both feet on the floor.

Tip your star to the other side and hold it with your leg firmly on the floor.

Crocodile Pose

Lie flat on the floor on your stomach.  

Your arms should be in front of you with your elbows just in front of your shoulders.  

Widen your legs so they are open and roll your feet so that your heels are pointed in and your entire leg is in contact with the floor.

Lift up your chest and bend your elbows to clash each elbow with the opposite palm.

Tuck your chin and gently rest your forehead on your arms.

Reposition your body if you need to.

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Author: minivancommuter

Alise McGregor is a working mom with two girls. As the founder of Little Newtons, she's passionate about making education the primary focus of child care.

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