How to keep your kids healthy during the pandemic

You know this: eat healthy, exercise, and practice gratitude

With diagrams of how to properly wash your hands flooding the internet, you might think that’s the main way to prevent you and your kids from getting sick during the coronavirus pandemic.

But boosting health and immunity requires a holistic approach that touches all elements of daily life, from sleep to mental health, says Laura Gray, a clinical psychologist at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

One thing that may surprise you: “Kids already tend to have healthier routines than their parents do,” Gray says. Their sleep tends to be more consistent, and with structured mealtimes and planned meals, their diets are often more nutritious. (Share this just-for-kids coronavirus 101 with your children.)