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Friday, September 19, 2014

Staying Healthy During the School Year

This post is sponsored by LiveHealth Online, but all opinions are my own.

The school year has started. Now it’s time to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our kids healthy and safe during the cold and flu season ahead of us. Here are some everyday health and wellness tips from Dr. Mia Finkelston, a physician who treats patients through LiveHealth Online, to reduce your family’s risk of getting sick from seasonal and school-borne illnesses this fall and winter:
 
Rest up: Make sure your kids get between 9.5 - 12 hours of sleep each night to restore their bodies, improve their ability to help fight off germs, and reduce their stress levels.
Hands off: Germs are lurking everywhere during the school year and are transported mostly through our hands. Teach your kids to keep their hands away from their face, and make sure they wash hands often, especially before eating.
Eat for wellness: Stock up on nutritious foods to help kids and parents function at optimum levels. Kids love to snack. Pack nuts, whole grain crackers, and fruit in their school bag so they don’t head to the vending machine.
Don’t skip breakfast: Studies show that eating breakfast helps kids focus better in school, and they are less tired and cranky.
Immunize: Make time to get the flu shot for your family because studies show it safely protects against the most common strains of flu.


Seeing the doctor 
Sometimes with busy school schedules, it can be difficult to get into the doctor’s office or an urgent care center when a medical issue arises. LiveHealth Online is
an app and website that connects you via video to a board-certified doctor licensed in your state. Sign up is easy and only takes a few minutes.

The LiveHeath Online app and website offer a safe, fast and easy way for moms to talk face-to-face with a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment for themselves and their families for urgent care conditions that pop up every fall such as colds, flu, rashes and pink eye.

Moms can use LiveHealth Online 24/7, 365 days a year to talk securely and privately by two¬-way video chat with a U.S.-¬based, primary care doctor. If needed, the LiveHealth Online doctor can call in prescriptions directly to a local pharmacy.

Registering for LiveHealth Online is fast and easy and free. You can visit www.livehealthonline.com and register or just download the app from iTunes or the App Store or Google Play store and sign-up in one quick step. Dr. Finkelston suggests that moms download the app when their family is healthy so that when someone does get sick, a doctor is available at mom’s convenience.

LiveHealth Online is a cost-effective alternative to urgent care or retail clinics and typically costs $49 per visit. For PPO and EPO members of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, a LiveHealth Online visit is covered at the same or lower out-of-pocket cost than a typical office visit, and claims are automatically filed for a fast and easy experience.

You can try a LiveHealth Online visit yourself at no cost, by using the code FRISCOKIDS through 12/31/14.

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