Managing Diabetes and School

Whether a child was just diagnosed with diabetes this summer, or has had diabetes for years, now that the school year is well underway, many families have questions about school resources available for children with diabetes. It can be frightening for parents to send their children off to school with a health issue, such as type 1 diabetes, that requires round-the-clock care. Students have a right to safe diabetes care in school and this right is backed by state and federal laws. Now is a great time to review some of the systems in place to help keep kids with diabetes safe at school.

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Finding a Balance Between School and Sports

With school back in session, young athletes may find themselves trying to balance the demands of their sport with their academics. The challenge is – how to prioritize the two and what to do when things feel out of balance?

“School always comes first,” says Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, sport psychologist with the UW Health Sports Medicine program.

Dr. Mirgain points out that participating in sports provides tremendous benefits for kids. Research shows that young athletes tend to have better grades, go on to college, are less likely to drink or do drugs, just to name a few. But it’s important to keep perspective as well.

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Back to School with a Chronic Illness

Getting ready to start a new school year can be a time of anxiety and even stress for any family, but especially those families who are managing a chronic illness.

In the weeks before school starts, it can be helpful to begin transitioning back to a school year routine – that might include going to bed and getting up earlier, maybe even shifting eating schedules to more closely align with the school day.

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7 Yoga Poses for Kids

While the thought of trying to fit yet one more thing into the day might be overwhelming, following a simple sequence of yoga poses can be a great way to help kids wind down at night or even get them moving in the morning. Certified yoga instructor Katie Schwartz, with UW Health’s Center for Wellness, offers a simple sequence to help kids get moving in the morning, or wind down at night.

A few tips when performing the poses:

  • Make sure you have enough space to stretch out without bumping into anything
  • Listen to your body – if a pose doesn’t feel comfortable, don’t force it
  • Hold each pose for three breaths before moving to the next
  • It isn’t a race to finish – move slowly and stay relaxed
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How to Keep Sports Positive for Kids

Roughly three out of four families in the U.S. have at least one child who plays an organized sport, which is around 45 million kids. Yet, nearly 80 percent of those kids have stopped playing organized sports by the time they’re 15. Youth sports is a multi-billion-dollar industry these days, but participation in sports seems to be declining – by as much as 20 percent in some sports. While there is a lot of debate as to why any parent who has kids who participate probably has a few opinions of their own.

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