35 Smart Ways to Have the Healthiest School Year Ever

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Whether in middle school or college, back to school is a special time of the year. It's an opportunity to start new healthy habits, get organized, and get psyched for a productive year. We’re here to make sure that this year is the best year yet. We have tips on how to survive the cafeteria (or any buffet), cool dorm room hacks, and lots of ways to boost brainpower, wake up early, and remember just about everything. Recent (or not-so-recent) grads, we haven’t forgotten about you! Many of these school-themed tips and tricks apply just as well to the 9-to-5 as they do to the classroom.

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What are your tips for rocking the back to school months? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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