Pediatrics | Published October 26, 2020

Healthy fall tips

Autumn has arrived with falling leaves, cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Here are some tips to keep you and your family healthy this fall season:

Practice COVID-19 prevention.  This includes continuing to practice social distancing by staying six feet apart from people who are not in your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Wear a mask when in public areas and wash hands regularly. It's a great opportunity to teach your kids the five handwashing steps—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, and dry.

Flu shots. The flu can be a severe illness, even for healthy children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children age six months and older get their flu vaccine along with everyone around them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to protect your child from viruses like the flu.

Enjoy fall produce. Savor fall vegetables such as beets, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Plus, buying local and in-season produce can help you save money and eat more healthfully. Here are some tips to encourage your kids to eat their veggies:

  • To motivate kids, change the name of vegetables to interesting and familiar names they can identify (ex: broccoli are baby trees).
  • Involve your child in making dinner. Often, kids will be more likely to try new foods if they help prepare it.
  • Try and try again. Please don't give up on a vegetable until they've tried it five or six times.
  • If your child shows a preference for a particular vegetable, offer it frequently.
  • Try cooking vegetables in different ways or offer uncooked vegetables to see if your child likes them better.

Rethink your child's drink. Beverages can make up a significant part of a child's diet and calorie intake. Consider substituting water or milk in place of sugary drinks such as juice or soda.

Explore nature. Taking time to head outside and spend time in green spaces can help us cope and support our mental wellbeing. We have a wealth of hiking trails and state and local parks that your family can safely explore. Visit centredoutdoors.org for kid-friendly DYI nature activities and hiking locations.