Friday, July 31, 2015

Back to School with @MinuteClinic: Sport Physicals, School Physicals and More #spon

Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. All opinions are my own.

Summer is winding down. 

Before we know it, it will be time for this...

and these...

(Sad Trombone)

I get so used to spending my days and nights with my kids, enjoying the great outdoors, camping, traveling, or even just sitting on the front porch and watching my daughter color with chalk on the sidewalk or watching my son ride his skateboard down the street. 

*If only* summer could last forever!

I think the best way is to do one to two tasks per week in August to prep for back-to-school, so you don't find yourself going crazy the week before. 

Thankfully, MinuteClinic will help you take care of some of the bigger tasks. For example....

Sports Physicals 

Did you know that participating in sports can help your little MVP improve performance in the classroom? First and foremost, it’s important to make sure they’re healthy and cleared to get on the field. Sports physicals are a great way to make sure your athlete can safely play. Even if your school doesn’t require it, sports physicals also help to keep immunizations up to date and provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have heading into a new school year. MinuteClinic practitioners can:

• Review health history and immunizations
• Perform a thorough physical exam
• Complete and stamp required paperwork

Will your kids be participating in a sport this upcoming school year? After an active summer, make sure to ease your kids back into their sports routine in the appropriate way.

• When starting a new sport, consider a pre-season conditioning program or camp to gradually build strength and endurance
• Don’t let them jump in too fast - increase intensity, distance or duration of play by about 10% a week. This allows the body to rest, rebuild, recover and avoid injury
• Avoid cramping before game time and serve main meals 2-3 hours prior. If they really need something before a game, lighter snacks, such as granola bars, can be digested in 30 minutes.

Back to School Health 

Many schools and colleges require that students receive vaccinations including meningitis and pertussis (whopping cough) before attending school. Find out the requirements for meningitis shots in your state here , and the requirements for pertussis shots here.

Children and young adults are among the highest at risk for meningitis. MinuteClinic can administer meningitis vaccines to anyone over 18 months in most states.

Pertussis is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause serious illness, especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. To prevent pertussis, infants should be vaccinated as soon as they are old enough. MinuteClinic recommends that those over 18 should get a booster vaccination immediately if they haven’t received one.

Find more info on vaccines and immunizations here

And here's an extra bonus! You can get $10 off a sports physical from now until 9/7/15 , and a FREE Johnson & Johnson coupon book with $29 worth of savings!

You can find the closest MinuteClinic to you here.

What are your favorite and least favorite ways to prep for back to school? Share with me on twitter @amybizzarri

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