Back-to-School 101: Healthy Kids

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Back-to-School 101: Healthy Kids

What every parent should know

Friday, July 27, 2012

The smell of new pencils, pens, folders and notebooks can mean only one thing—going back to school is right around the corner.

While parents scurry to purchase the checklist of necessary supplies to ensure their student has everything needed to perform their best at school, "back-to-school" also signals the start of a crazy time for many families—a time during which parents scramble to update immunizations, re-establish structured eating and bedtime routines, and keep our kids healthy.

It’s no secret that healthy habits formed during childhood promote lifelong healthy routines.  As a parent, there are multiple ways you can encourage a healthy lifestyle for your student during the busy school season.

As part of Archbold Memorial Hospital’s continuing Health Talk free community lecture series, Phillip Jansen, DO, will present, “Back-to-School 101: Healthy Kids,” on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

Dr. Jansen will discuss what every parent should know about recommended and state-required vaccinations, healthy sleep habits, recommended physical activity for students, how to prevent the spread of infections and heat related illness.

Dietitian Rebecca McKemie, RD, will join Dr. Jansen in discussing healthy eating tips and food allergies.

Dr. Jansen is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and practices at Archbold Primary Care. McKemie earned a Master of Science degree in food and nutrition from the University of Georgia and has served as a registered dietitian at Archbold since 2009.

To learn more about healthy back-to-school options, please attend this Health Talk. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. and be held in the Williams Auditorium located in the East Tower at Archbold Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be served. Pre-registration is requested; call 229-227-5140 or click here to register online.