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Preparing to Have a Healthy School Year

The new school year is full of opportunities. It's a great chance for kids to get together with their old pals, make new friends, and get good grades by working hard. While the children learn their ABCs, parents can do a few things to make sure children stay healthy and strong.

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Germs can quickly spread to the hands by sneezing, coughing, or rubbing the eyes.

Here are some basic health tips to follow to keep kids healthy:

1. Get an annual physical: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), school-age children should visit the doctor at least once a year. During an annual physical, your pediatrician could detect health problems before your child feels sick, allowing them to stay healthy through the school year. Your pediatrician can also give you advice on how to keep your child healthy at home.

2. Get shots: Vaccines can prevent many diseases and are safe for children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow your pediatrician's advice and keep your child's immunizations up to date, including seasonal vaccines like the flu shot.

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3. Wash your hands: Washing your hands is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of germs, according to the National Institutes of Health. Children should wash their hands thoroughly with running water before eating and water play, and after playing with animals, playing outdoors or in sand, or using the toilet.

4. Have a healthy lifestyle: A lifestyle that includes regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and good nutrition can strengthen your immune system. Make sure your children are eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and avoiding saturated fats. Also, incorporate physical activity in their daily routine, and set a reasonable bedtime.

Fidelis Care wants every child who needs health insurance to get coverage before going to school this fall. Fidelis Care offers New York State-sponsored health insurance - including Metal-Level products, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Medicaid Managed Care through NY State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace - for qualifying children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. To learn more, call 1-888-FIDELIS or visit fideliscare.org.

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