Back to school: 8 ways to keep your family healthy from germs

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Back to school, or back to the germ fest? Here are some tips to keep you and your kids healthy all year long:

1. Wash your hands for longer than you think. Use warm water, soap and lather for the time it takes to sing happy birthday twice.

2. Hand sanitizer is awesome when on the go.

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3. Sharing is nice. Sharing germs is not. Tell kids not to share bottles, food or personal items.

4. Get a flu shot.

5. Teach kids to cough and sneeze into the crease of their elbow.

6. And if your kids are sick, keep them home.

7. Kids can keep their immune systems strong by getting plenty of sleep every night and eating a well-balanced diet.

8. Wash and sanitize kids' toys, wipe down books, and disinfect play areas .

Here's to a healthy and safe school year!

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Click through this slideshow for some back to school supply inspiration before you hit the stores. 

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Make sure your young artist has plenty of colored pencils this school year. 

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Any budding mathlete needs a protractor, compass, and plenty of pencils. 

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Be sure to stay organized with plenty of binders and file folders!

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A neat desk starts with all the right supplies in all the right places.

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Make sure you snag a pencil holder to keep track of all your writing utensils. 

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Gearing up for art class? Grab a new set of paint brushes before the school year begins.

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Composition notebooks are a must for any young writer.

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Make sure to get a stylish but sturdy new backpack to carry all these supplies!

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An assignment notebook or planner is sure to help you get everything done on time.

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Don't forget an iconic pink eraser! Pencil-top erasers are never enough.

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And of course, don't forget to assure all summer reading is finished before the first day!

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