Its back to school time and parents and teachers are busy preparing school-aged children for a new year of learning. As parents scurry to buy last minute school supplies and teachers prepare lesson plans and classrooms, children’s health is never far from the adults’ minds. Parents are often on top of their children’s required vaccinations and doctor’s visits and teachers are sometimes the first to notice signs of illness in children. Yet, the very guardians of our children’s, education, health, and safety throughout the school year, may ignore their own health and wellness due to their dedication to their jobs.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), “Forty-six percent of teachers report high daily stress, which compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.” Stress is not the only health hazard that teachers face. The website, www.logicroots.com , suggests other health issues such as, voice disorders, speech and language disorders, viral diseases, and the high risk of violence that some teachers face.
Therefore, if you are a teacher getting ready for the next semester, a visit to your healthcare provider should be included in your back to school checklist. Your physical and mental health matters. To schedule an appointment for your back to school physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.