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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Offers Top 5 Summer Health Tips for Kids

ICTMN Staff
7/5/14
Back to School Children’s Health Fair scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12
 
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) is hosting a Back to School Children’s Health Fair offering physical exams, immunizations, sports physicals, dental, vision, hearing and behavioral health screenings for OKCIC patients ages 4 to 10 years old. The event will take place at the OKCIC main campus, located at 4913 W. Reno Ave, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 11 and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12.
 
“It’s important for children to be prepared for school, and this health fair is an opportunity for our patients to get the screenings and other health exams they need,” said Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of OKCIC. “It’s also important for all Oklahoma children to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle during the summer, which includes staying hydrated, eating healthy and exercising regularly.”
 
OKCIC is offering the following tips for all Oklahoma parents and children to stay safe and healthy this summer:
 
Get daily exercise. Encourage your child to stay active by walking, running, swimming, riding bikes or any other activity. A minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity is recommended for all children.  Restricting “screen time” – time spent in front of the television, computer or video games – is also a good way to increase your child’s physical activity. 
 
Eat healthy. Make sure your child eats healthy snacks like vegetables, fruits and nuts. Approximately half of your child’s daily intake should be from the fruit and vegetable groups.  Limit sugary drinks and encourage kids to drink plenty of water, which can help reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Also, eating breakfast will give kids the energy they need to support their physical activity.
 
Establish a schedule. Schedule a bedtime and keep to it, which will ensure your child is getting an adequate amount of sleep. Sufficient sleep helps promote healthy physical and mental development. Children ages 3-11 years old require 10-12 hours of sleep per day.  Make sure children brush their teeth every morning and night, and see a dentist every six months to prevent major dental issues.
 
Block the sun. Apply sunscreen every two to three hours and more often when in or around water. Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, blocks both UVA and UVB rays and apply it 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Also, wear sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet rays.
 
Stay safe. When riding your bike, skateboarding or doing any other activity, be sure to wear a helmet, elbow and shin guards and appropriate close-toed shoes. Never leave kids alone near the pool and use personal flotation devices, which are fun for kids and can also help save a life.
 
For more information about the Back to School Children’s Health Fair, contact OKCIC at (405) 948-4900 ext. 467 or visit okcic.com.
 
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) was established in 1974 by a small group of interested Indians in order to provide high-quality health care and wellness services to Indians residing in the greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. From an original all volunteer staff, the Clinic has grown to serve more than 18,000 patients each year. Because of the Clinic, many Indians now have access to a range of services not previously available to them. These include medical, dental, prenatal and pediatric care, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health and substance abuse services. The Clinic launched the CARES capital campaign as a first step in seeking additional resources necessary to address the growing health needs of the Oklahoma City Indian population. Contributions to this fund will directly affect thousands of needy individuals. For more information, please visit www.okcic.com.

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