August Wellness: Children's Health/ Staying Connected Challenge


Preventive health is important at any age. Now is the time to invest in preventive health for our children as you gear up for another school year. Vaccines are an important part of maintaining a healthy life. Here you will find a children’s preventive health checklist to review with your pediatrician.

August WellnessHealthy habits that start young have a better chance of becoming a lifestyle. Get your child off to a good start by not only obtaining yearly well child visits and vaccines but also other screenings. These screenings include depression, obesity, hearing, vision, blood pressure, and lead screenings.

Lead exposure is most commonly caused by lead paint and can get into your body by ingesting it through contact exposure or directly ingesting a material made or coated in lead-based products. New York State requires that healthcare providers test all one and two year old children for lead. “Lead exposure can lead to learning and behavior problems in children.” (Source: Lead Poisoning, www1.nyc.gov).

Child obesity is the number one health concern in the nation. The prevalence of obesity was 19.3% and affected about 14.4 million children and adolescents.” (Source: Overweight & Obesity, www.cdc.gov/obesity ). Most of our wellness challenges are designed to benefit the whole family. Be it eating healthier in March or going for a hike in June. We continue to encourage you to join our challenges but don’t forget your families, especially your children, can be your teammates in the challenges as we continue to make small steps to healthy changes in 2022.

August Staying Connected Challenge

Show the Consortium how well you stay connected by submitting a mini quiz on resources, websites, and accounts available through your membership. Complete the form and email it to hcwellness@tompkins-co.org by September 9th to be entered for a chance to win. Prizes include a $50 Wegman’s gift card, $50 Target gift card, or a $50 gift card to Rasa Spa.

 


Additional Resources

Lead Poisoning- to learn about what to look for and how to get tested for lead exposure at any age visit this website full of information on the subject.    

MyPlate- This website has health and nutrition information for children. For children older than 5, there is the interactive “Blast Off” game, coloring pages, activity sheets, and healthy eating tips for both kids and parents. This website covers ages from infant to elderly, there is information for everyone on how to eat healthy and what are better food choices depending on age group.

Cosmic Kids Yoga- This YouTube channel not only offers fun interactive yoga for children but a simple way to promote mindfulness and relaxation for kids. These are also silly videos the whole family can join in and try, please note most kids are more flexible than we are, be prepared to be challenged while the kids laugh at your struggles.

Stop Bullying.gov- This website provides anti-bullying information for both teens and kids, including interactive videos and articles on cyberbullying, the first day of school, and standing up for others.


Upcoming Events

September- Flu Clinics - Be on the lookout for our onsite flu clinic schedule coming in a separate email mid-August. 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s- September 10th- Join our team, Consortium Connection, and walk with us and/or donate to our team fundraiser to help support the Alzheimer’s Association pursuit of their vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

October- Wear Pink Day- to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

November- December- Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge

Be on the lookout for more information to come on these events in your inbox or on the Consortium website: www.healthconsortium.net or Facebook page: GTC Municipal Health Insurance Consortium