There is only so much that we can control in life. And, other people's kids are not one of them.

Sending your kid to school can be a scary thing for a lot of reasons. Just the different germs alone can be a frightful thing.

With another school year underway, Consumer Reports has released some ways that you can make sure you keep your kids as healthy as possible:

1.  Fix their sleep schedule.  It gets dark later in summer, so adjusting to a new sleep schedule can be hard at first.  A good trick is to set your kids' bedtime about 15 minutes earlier each night, until you reach the point that works with their school schedule.

"Kids between the ages of 6 and 12 should get 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night, while teenagers need 8 to 10."

2.  Get a checkup.  If your kids haven't had their annual physical or vaccinations yet, it's time to do that.  It's also a good idea to make sure the school has any medications they need on hand . . . and that your emergency contact information is up-to-date.

3.  Make them a healthy lunch.  One trick to get them to actually eat it is by buying a bento-box-style lunch box that you can fill with small portions of healthier foods.  And always remember to pack a drink, since a study in 2015 found that more than half of all children and teens aren't properly hydrated.

4.  Go over hand-washing.  Since you won't be supervising their hand-washing when they're at school, make sure they know how and when to wash their hands.  According to one study, kids who wash their hands frequently are 38% less likely to have to stay home with a cold during the school year.

Good luck on a healthy and successful school year!

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