U.S. News & World Report Features WHP Peter Richel MD’s Back-To-School Health Tips For Parents

In a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, reminds parents that they need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy. “As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children,” Dr. Richel advises. “Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children.”

In the article, “Dr. Pete,” as Richel is commonly called, outlines a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year:

  • Good nutrition (3 three meals a day, including a good breakfast)
  • Daily exercise
  • Vaccinations (strongly recommended)
  • openly talking about any anxiety related to school
  • Safety (on the bus and in cars)
  • Backpacks (should be worn evenly across the back)
  • Avoid putting too much pressure on children to do well

“Try not to overbook children with activities, especially younger children,” Richel urges. “Remember, each child is an individual, and need not feel pressure to do all things, or to do all things well.”

To read the U.S. News & World Report article in its entirety, please click here.

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