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August 2014 • #81
A Note from the Medical Editor

Balancing home life, school, social activities, sports, and extracurricular activities can be challenging for children, teens, and parents. This “back-to-school” season, think about things you can do to avoid burn out and overscheduling. Set aside time for your child to see the pediatrician, and think about ways you can help your child maintain energy balance.

Making small "balancing" changes can help your whole family get the new school year off to a healthy start!

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

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Back to School, Back to the Doctor
Your pediatrician can provide a thorough physical exam, beyond the sports-specific exam, and assist you in filling out immunization records and other forms required for school entry. Go >
School Lunches: You Can Make a Difference
Meal planning for schools is a complicated process. Learn about current menu guidelines and how you can help make your child’s school lunches healthier. Go >
Energy Out: Daily Physical Activity Recommendations
Did you know children 6 years and older need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day? Fit this into your child’s day with these sport and activity ideas that can be broken down into shorter blocks of time. Go >
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