Dr. Freddie Fox Health Tips Back to Helpful Resources Set a reasonable bedtime so your kids will be well-rested for school. Beat the heat – when it’s warm outside, drink plenty of fluids, regardless of your activity. When playing at the playground, check to make sure that playground equipment surfaces are safe, soft and well-maintained. Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher with both UVA and UVB protection. Buckle up! Ensure that everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt, every time. Get moving! Aim to get 30 – 60 minutes of physical activity each day. When grocery shopping, ask your kids to choose a new fruit or vegetable to try. Play it safe! Make sure your child wears protective gear during sports and recreation. Get moving! Children and adolescents should be active for at least 60 minutes each day. Apply insect repellent to protect your family from the mosquitoes and ticks. Re-establish school routines a few weeks before school begins to help your children adjust. Create a relaxing nighttime routine to make it easier for your child to fall asleep at night. Create an emergency plan and practice it with your family regularly. Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Power up your child’s day with a healthy breakfast each morning. Set a good example for your kids by eating healthy foods. Make sure your child's school is aware of allergies, physical restrictions and any medications your child takes. On the first day of school, arrive early to give your child time to settle in. Always encourage your children to wear a bicycle helmet, even for short rides. Protect your family from the flu with an influenza vaccination. Check or replace your carbon monoxide batteries twice a year and smoke alarm batteries at least once a year. Wash your hands – this is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. After trick-or-treating, examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Show, rather than tell. Be a healthy role model for your children. Take a few extra minutes to make sure meat, poultry and eggs are cooked thoroughly before serving to your family. Keep your refrigerator below 40°F and refrigerate foods properly. Put together an emergency supply kit that includes water, food, medicines and first aid items.