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Note to parents: It’s never too early to teach good posture

Posted at 4:17 AM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 09:04:06-04

(WXYZ) — Many young students are starting virtual classes for the first time, and the consequences of confining them to a computer screen can be sobering.

Instilling good habits in children at the beginning of the school year is more important than ever. That includes making sure they don’t hunch over their desks and use their “brain breaks” wisely.

A note to parents: It’s never too early to teach good posture. Kids’ bones are malleable, so excessive slouching can lead to permanent changes in their spinal alignment, musculoskeletal pain and higher risk of injury later on in life. Poor posture is a habit that’s much harder to break as your kids age.

Just as important as sitting up straight, is ensuring children take their allotted breaks to stand up, stretch and get their blood pumping. Without recess, kids can easily get restless. Research shows getting the “wiggles” out can help with focus, productivity, and creativity.