What are the Best Lunch Box Food Safety Tips?

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School Lunch Box Safety Tips

As the back-to-school season is here, it is important to consider all aspects of your child’s safety, including their lunchbox. Dr. Aaron Workman, a member of one of the highest rated auto injury medical teams in the Lexington area, reflects on his days as a young student and gives valuable advice on school lunch box safety tips.

As a child, I was always excited for this hour during school to discover what my mom had packed for me. The lunchbox usually came in a colorful theme or character and my only thought was hoping for peanut butter and jelly. While lunchtime is a time for food and fun for your child, ensuring lunchbox safety is key to protecting your child’s health as a parent. Let us look at 8 tips to keep in mind as you fill the lunchbox this school year.

  1. Food Safety First: Make sure to pack perishable items like sandwiches, dairy products, and fruits with ice packs or in an insulated lunchbox. This prevents bacterial growth and ensures that the food remains safe to eat.
  2. Use Safe Containers: Pick containers that are specifically designed for food storage. These containers are made from materials that are safe for holding and transporting food. Avoid containers that are cracked, chipped, or made of materials that may leach into the food.
  3. Keep It Clean: Regularly clean the lunchbox to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria. Choose a lunchbox that is easy to clean and dry between uses. Teach your child the importance of washing their hands before eating to reduce the risk of contamination.
  4. Balanced Diet: Safety is important but do not forget about the nutritional aspect of your child’s lunch. Aim for a balanced meal that includes a variety of foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy. Your kids fuel for the day is what you provide, so give them something to stay focused and energized throughout the school day.
  5. Label Everything: Clearly label your child’s lunchbox and containers with their name to prevent mix-ups. This is especially important if your child has allergies or dietary restrictions.
  6. Teach Proper Handling: Educate your child about proper lunchbox handling. Let them know not to leave their lunchbox in direct sunlight or near heat sources. Never assume your child knows anything about food safety. Proper handling is not a one-time conversation and should be repeated.
  7. Encourage Hygiene: In addition to washing their hands before eating, remind your child to wash their hands after finishing their lunch. This helps prevent the spread of germs and keeps them healthy.
  8. Communicate with Your Child: Regularly talk to your child about their school lunch. It may be the only thing your child remembers from the school day. Ask them if they are enjoying their meals, if anything is too hot or too cold, and if they have any ideas about their lunchbox items.

Following these lunchbox safety tips, you are taking proactive measures to protect your child’s health and well-being during the school day. As parents, with a little extra attention to safety, you can ensure that your child’s lunchbox is filled with both tasty and safe options as they get back on their back-to-school journey.

— This article is written by Aaron Workman, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.




















































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