Sports physicals―Want to play a sport this year? Gotta get a physical. Check your school website for the forms. Lots of places offer free physicals. Check that out on the website or call the health department.
Shots―Nobody wants them, everybody gets them. And don’t forget your flu shot. Local health clinics or your doc’s office will know what shots you need for your grade/school.
More Must-Haves, Must-Dos
It’s all about the numbers―Write down phone numbers of people who can help you in an emergency. Stash the list in your backpack or locker. These numbers might be in your cell phone, but if you lose your phone or the battery dies, you’ll still have the list.
Meds and health stuff―If you take medicine regularly, or have any health problems like allergies or asthma, make a list of these things, including doses of the meds. Include your doc’s phone number so that if you lose your meds or are having health-related problems, you can give this info to the school nurse and not have to remember everything.
Lighten up―If the school gives you lots of books to take back and forth every day, carrying them can make you sore. See if you can get two of each book and keep one at home and one at school.
Eat breakfast―The commercials are right: it’s the most important meal of the day. And don’t load it up with sugar. Try eating healthy stuff like fruits, proteins (not too fatty though) and whole grains every morning for a week and see how you feel. If you like it, keep it up.
Eyes and ears―If you’re having trouble hearing or seeing, tell your parents. If that doesn’t help, tell the school nurse. There are things that can be done to help! After all, why make life any harder than it needs to be?
What else do you need to get the year going right?