BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY… CONTINUED!
It’s that time of year again! By the end of August and now for the month of September, Fare Meals is helping all of us settle back into the swing of things with a brand new school year! Although this fall looks different from most, we’re still excited to return to working and learning environments as a part of our new normal.
SIMPLE & HEALTHY MEALS
Our latest webinar focused on the role of nutrition as the whole family returns to school and work. We talked about catering meal prep to all family members using affordable and simple ingredients. Finding meals and snacks that the whole family will enjoy is a great way to make the cooking and preparing process convenient and efficient. It’s also quicker and leads to less food waste! Even if you’re not returning to a physical classroom or office, having nutrient-dense meals and snacks on hand is the best way to make healthier choices. Finding the time to meal prep is totally worth it as it’s one less task to worry about the next day or all week! If you need a place to start, think about adding more nutrients to meals rather than taking food groups away. This means focusing on whole foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins) that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Don’t be afraid to try new things! After the stressful year we have all experienced, nourishing our bodies with adequate nutrition will support energy levels and help us to be more productive throughout the day.
FITTING IN FITNESS
In addition to nutrition, Fare Meals wants to prioritize both mental and physical health in the new school year. Embrace the warm weather while you still can by taking family walks or visiting the local park. You can also try at-home workouts, in-person classes, or join a fitness center if you’re comfortable doing so. Physical activity of any kind helps us sleep better at night, supports longevity and heart health, and maintains strong bones and muscles! These are all amazing health benefits that you don’t want to miss out on. Engaging in exercise can also have mental health benefits such as alleviating stress and boosting mood. This applies to all forms of movement as well as simply going outside and soaking in the sunshine – just remember to do so safely and follow any guidelines in place.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST
Mental health should be a priority during this time. As we return to a back-to-school and work schedule, shifting priorities and new responsibilities may be a source of stress and overwhelm. While physical activity and adequate nutrition can support mental health, there are other ways to address and/or prevent mental health issues and concerns. Establishing a new routine is a great place to start. Creative activities such as drawing, painting, journaling, singing, baking, dancing, reading, and socializing with friends and family can have tremendously positive effects. Attending therapy if one has the means to do so is another excellent way to support mental health during adversity or when professional help seems necessary. Finding what works best for you is key.
TAKE HOME MESSAGE
Overall, Fare Meals want to support you and your family through this transition by providing the educational tools you want and need to become healthier together. Later in the month, Fare Meals will host a Q&A on Instagram open to all topics. Come with any questions regarding health and wellness as. It relates to back-to-school and work life. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy!