Summer is here—and so is our “Summer Resource Guide,” just in time to help you find family fun and activities throughout the next few months! This guide will provide you with the information you need to access health and academic services while school is out so your child will be healthy and ready to learn for the 2017-18 school year.
Be sure to check out our “Tips” area within each section for quick and easy ideas to keep your child healthy, active, and learning all summer long.
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Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be seen by their doctor at least once a year? As children grow, it is important for their doctor to monitor their overall health. This helps detect health concerns before they worsen or your child requires a trip to the emergency department. Regular check-ups are also a good way for children and parents to build relationships with their doctor.
The new school year will be here before we know it. Many kids need a physical exam before they can go back to school or participate in sports. A physical exam fulfills the same need as an annual check-up. Depending on your child’s age and medical history, these appointments can include a physical exam, eye exam, hearing exam and lab tests. This is also a perfect time to make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended immunizations.
Mental health — an essential part of children’s overall health — has a complex relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside.
For children and teens, summertime is associated with freedom from school and positive emotions. However, summer can also be a time when certain mental health issues need to be tended to even more than usual. The potential unstructured nature of the summer can feed in to any underlying anxiety and depression present in kids.
The Mental / Emotional Health section of the Summer Resource Guide will help you identify mental health services in our area. The tips will give you ideas to help your kids get outside and enjoy the summer. Remember to try to limit the amount of time your kids are online, watching TV, or playing video games. Be sure they’re active, getting plenty of sleep and exercising.
Summer is a critical time for maintaining and boosting the academic and physical well-being of children. During the summer, children are at a greater risk of both weight gain and hunger. Summer meal programs provide free summer meals for kids and serve as an important source of nutritious food for out-of-school children and youth. Free, nutritious meals also serve as an incentive for children to participate in summer enrichment programs, which means children are not only well-fed, but in a safe environment engaged in academic and recreational activities.
Summer is also a time for vacations, outdoor eating, and celebrations. The tips listed below will help your family celebrate fun summer activities with kid-friendly, healthy food.
Use the Food Access section of the Summer Resource guide to find free summer meals, tips for healthy summer eating, and summer recipes for kids.
For most kids, summer vacation is a long-awaited break when they can finally kick back, sleep in and watch endless of amounts of television. However, the “dream” summer vacation can turn boring after the first week.
To help thwart summer boredom, parents can choose from an array of local summer camps and activities to keep children engaged and active. Whether your child is interested in theater or music, sports or science, each activity has a broader impact on development and learning abilities.
Use the Activities and Camps section of the Summer Resource guide to find resources and tips to provide fun, healthy, and positive activities for your children and teens this summer.
When school is out, summer months often fill up with outdoor adventures, sports fun, and festive gatherings. It can also be a wonderful time to take a step back from a hectic school schedule to relax and reconnect with friends and family. Unfortunately, the “summer slide” – a decrease in students’ academic skills while out of school – is also common during the summer break. There are, however, things parents can do to take charge and make learning a priority even as the dog days of the season approach.
Use the Summer Learning section of the Summer Resource Guide to help you and your children strike a healthy balance between leisure activities and learning. Remember to choose a mix of experiences, both active and relaxing, involving technology and unplugging from devices.
Healthy Kids Today
The Winter Park Health Foundation is proud to support the Coordinated Youth Initiative (CYI), a collection of school-based health services to bolster the health of the whole child and remove barriers to learning. We believe Healthy Kids Make Better Students.