It’s hard to believe summer is almost over, but back-to-school season is upon us. With a new school year come new backpacks, new classmates, and often, new germs.
Close quarters in schools allows germs and viruses to spread quickly and easily, which can cause back-to-school illnesses. This timing also coincides with seasonal changes that can bring on allergy and asthma symptoms. In fact, Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, shared with the Boston Globe that her hospital sees a two- or three-fold increase in asthma-related emergency room visits in September and October.
Here are three tips to start the new school year off strong and healthy.
- Wash your hands – This one sounds simple, but washing your hands is one of the best ways to lower your risk of getting sick. The CDC estimates that simply washing your hands can lower the risk of catching a cold by up to 20 percent.
- Pack a colorful lunchbox – A healthy school year starts with a healthy lunch box. Start with fruits and vegetables and try to round out the color wheel with school lunches. Apples, carrots, bananas, salads and berries and can be combined in many delicious ways to create a wholesome lunch with the nutrients your body needs to strengthen your immune system. The USDA recently shared recommendations for what your plate should look like, with a focus on fruits, vegetables and protein, and healthy whole grains as a supporting role.
- Get your annual checkup – Whether it’s required by your school or not, be sure to visit your doctor before heading back to school. Beyond treating aches, pains or stuffy noses that come and go throughout the year, your physician also can help detect and treat problems before they turn into more serious illnesses.
By participating in prescription discount programs like Community Cares Rx, you’ll have free unlimited access to resources that may help you save money on medications to battle back-to-school illnesses – whether its medicine to treat strep throat or medication to alleviate allergy-related symptoms. Online tools allow program participants to locate a pharmacy and research drug pricing and availability, providing an extra layer of support and convenience in the pharmacy shopping experience.
By making the most of these tips, you can save money and make a smooth transition to your new school year.
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