Healthy Habits for Lower School Success

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Athletic Trainer Deanna Smith offered Lower Schoolers a simple but persuasive lesson on health and nutrition at a recent assembly. Smith focused on three habits that can lead to success at St. Albans: getting eight hours of sleep each night, staying hydrated, and eating well. Noting the mental and physical effects of sleep—which can affect injury prevention and recovery, memory and decision making, and stress levels and mood—Smith said: “I hope boys will say, If there are simple things I can do to make me better on the field or on a test, why wouldn’t I do them?”

Smith offered the Lower School practical advice about carrying a water bottle, eating fruit, bringing snacks for afterschool, and choosing protein-rich foods, such as protein bars, beef jerky, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole-grain bread.

Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.