TAMC Weekend youth physicals offered

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Tripler Army Medical Center is offering special times this summer for keiki school physicals.

Tripler Army Medical Center is offering special times this summer for keiki school physicals.

William Sallette

Tripler Army Medical Center
HONOLULU — With the school year wrapping up, Tripler Army Medical Center is ramping up: for school physicals.

The 2016-2017 school year begins Aug.1 and the clinics at TAMC are adding special hours and a few Saturday clinics in order to get all of the regular school and sports physicals completed in time.

“We do these over the summer because it’s the end of one school year and the start of the next,” said Cherylyn Calio, Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge, Family Medicine Clinic, Tripler Army Medical Center. “With our military families, we have parents who decide to complete their child’s physicals before they transfer duty stations in hopes of having one less thing to worry about when they arrive at their new duty station.  Sometimes, transferring is so hectic that families can’t bring their children for physicals prior to moving. So for these incoming families, we provide them with access to our July clinics.”

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A school physical is a general health assessment that is required for all children entering school.  This means that any child entering Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten or entering a Hawaii public school from out of state or out of country will need a new school physical. School physicals done in the U.S. within one year prior to entry is accepted.  If your child is entering a private school, please check with their health nurse for school physical requirements.

Sports physicals are more focused on the child’s health as well as their ability to safely perform the physical requirements of their selected sport.  A sports physical is needed only if the child will be participating in sports activities and is required annually.

Parents are encouraged to bring the child’s immunization records and any special forms that need to be completed by the provider.  By bringing the child’s immunization records the clinic will be able to easily determine their child’s immunizations needs.

Children who require corrective lenses or contact lenses should bring them with them for a more accurate vision check.

Physicals can be done during the regular workweek. However as for any physical, for any age group, the appointments fill up quickly.

With hundreds of physicals needed each year, the Saturday clinic appointments will fill up fast.  Walk-in appointments are available until noon. Keep in mind that scheduled appointments have priority, and walk-ins will have to be worked into the schedule.

“We know that our patients have busy lives, are transferring duty stations and may have summer vacations planned, so we are starting these special clinic days starting June 11 to provide them with the flexibility of scheduling an appointment at their convenience,” Calio said.

Set yourself up for success, or always be prepared, by keeping smart foods on hand in the workplace that can be eaten as a snack or a meal in a pinch.

Tripler Army Medical Center logoTAMC Tip: Workplace Handy Smart, Easy Foods 
Desk Drawer or Backpack
•Roasted, unsalted nuts or homemade trail mix
•Light popcorn
•Canned tuna, salmon, or chicken
•Individual oatmeal packets
•Green, black, or herbal teas
•Pre-cut vegetables

Office Fridge
•Greek yogurt
•String cheese
•Hard boiled eggs
•Frozen single entrees
•Low sodium soups
•Fresh fruit (brought in at the beginning of the week) or canned fruit in own juices

For more tips and information on anything food-related contact the Nutrition Outpatient Clinic at 808-433-4950.

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