Faith Regional Health Services | living WELL | Spring 2022

FRHS.ORG 7 FOR MANY OF YOU, the summer break from school is just beginning. The next school year may still be months away but, as parents, you can cross a few crucial to-dos off your list early to help your child be healthy and ready to go when the first bell rings. Before the school year starts, it’s a good idea to set up two key doctor visits: A wellness checkup. Kids and teens need a yearly wellness exam to help them stay healthy. During this checkup, the Parents: Get a jump start on the next school year provider may: ❑ Check for health issues like diabetes, anemia, obesity and depression. ❑ Discuss healthy habits, like eating well and exercising, with you and your child. ❑ Answer any questions teens may have about issues such as drinking and smoking. ❑ Update your child’s vaccines for protection from serious diseases. (Many states require proof of these before your child can enroll in school.) ❑ Talk about sports-specific issues, like how to avoid injuries. ❑ Do a vision screening and refer your child to an eye doctor if needed. A dental checkup. Regular visits to the dentist help keep teeth healthy and strong. Your child will get a cleaning and advice about brushing and flossing to promote a fabulous smile. And if you schedule a checkup before school starts, the dentist can find and treat problems beforehand so that your child won’t miss any class. Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Dental Association Our primary care providers are accepting new patients. Visit to find a provider. School and sports physicals now available—schedule your child’s appointment today!