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Brought to you by The Portland Clinic - MEDICAL INSIDER - Have a healthy and safe school year

THE PORTLAND CLINICAs Portland students enjoy the last few weeks of summer, doctors and nurses at The Portland Clinic are preparing for the new school year. Here are a few tips to ensure a healthy, safe and educational school year:

Focus on nutrition—Start the day off with a nutritious meal to help your children concentrate in class and keep their metabolism in line throughout the day.

Stay hydrated—It's important to consume plenty of water, especially if your child participates in any after-school sports. Carrying a water bottle or making regular stops at the drinking fountain will help fight dehydration in the classroom.

Vaccines—Speak with your physician about the vaccination protocol prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also check what your school's policies are regarding vaccines and make sure your child is up-to-date.

Emergency contact—Check your child's emergency contact information on file with the school to make sure it is accurate. Medication records should also be updated with the school nurse.

Vision check—Schedule an eye exam to track the health of your student's eyes and keep their prescription current. Blurry vision, or even more serious eye problems, can delay learning.

Dress for success—Check your child's footwear for fit and to look for signs of wear that could affect their movement. Clothing should not be too tight or uncomfortable. A comfortable student is a less distracted student.

If you have questions about nutrition, vaccinations or any other back-to-school health issues, please don't hesitate to contact The Portland Clinic today.

The Portland Clinic

Tigard

9250 SW Hall Blvd

Portland, OR 97223

(503) 293-0161

Beaverton

15950 SW Millikan Way

Beaverton, OR 97003

(503) 646-0161

www.theportlandclinic.com

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