Did you know that children who never consume sugary drinks could potentially rank higher in reading comprehension than their peers? Did you also know that exercise stimulates memory and that adequate sleep improves concentration?

Over time, various studies have shown that healthy lifestyle habits — like eating well, exercising daily for 30 minutes and sleeping eight to 12 hours per night — contribute to greater academic success.

As a parent, you could ensure your child thrives in school by helping them adopt the following habits:

  • Eating a well-balanced breakfast every morning that includes whole grains, fruit, dairy and a source of protein (peanut butter, tofu, eggs, etc.).
  • Consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • Restricting foods that carry little nutritional value (fried foods, chips, soft drinks, sweets, etc.).
  • Exercising daily (playing sports, walking to school, biking, jumping rope, etc.).
  • Avoiding activities that stimulate the brain right before bedtime (video games, TV, etc.).
  • Finding time to relax every night with the help of a warm bath, soft music, a good book, etc.
  • Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day.

It’s a well-known fact that children learn from example, so be a good role model for your son or daughter: eat well, exercise often and keep your stress level to a bare minimum.

By prioritizing a healthy lifestyle at home, you’ll not only help your offspring excel in school, but also pave the way for a lifetime of good health.