Florida Healthy Kids

Healthy Tips

Middle School: 11-14

The transition from elementary school to middle school is drastic – kids now may change classrooms/teachers for each subject. Grades are becoming more important and they have to be more independent. How can parents help?



The following suggestions will help you transition your child from elementary school to middle school:


Homework is going to get pretty intense when going from elementary to middle school and it will probably be double by the time they get to eight grade. Here’s how parents can help:

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Navigating the social politics of middle school can be daunting – even for adults! Your child can make it through, but kids can be brutal, especially at this age. Here are some ideas about how you can nurture your child’s friendships:

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Healthy Choices

It is important for parents to encourage health eating habits at meals and snacks by providing a diverse combination of fruits, vegetables, protein (beans, meat), dairy (milk, cheese) and starches (bread, pasta). For healthy snack and meal recipe ideas based on Florida produce, view the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Extreme Cuisine cookbook.

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Children need at least one hour of exercise a day. With busy schedules, you would think it difficult for families to find the time to fit in fitness, but it is easier than you would think!


If your child gets involved in sports, be sure they are safe:

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