As the school year gets underway, OSF Healthcare is pushing health tips to parents to keep kids out of the hospital and in the classroom. Tips range from carrying fewer books in backpacks, to bringing healthy snacks to school, to even sitting down for a family dinner in the evenings.

Because schools are a hub for many children from so many different households, Jeanie Sullivan, Child Care Specialist for OSF Healthcare, says that students need to be taught how to keep themselves free of germs by washing up.

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Sullivan also stresses the importance of students getting breakfast at the start of the day, something high in protein.

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