Sending kids back to school healthy
By Betsy Friauf
This month, hundreds of thousands of Tarrant County children head back to school. And UNT Health Science Center volunteers are pitching in to help make sure they have the necessary health screenings and school supplies.
For children whose families lack resources, UNTHSC is assisting with school supplies, eyeglasses, sports physicals, immunizations, health screenings, and referrals to health care providers and social services.
All these services and more are free to children in grades pre-K through 12 when they attend the annual Back-to-School Roundupat Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave.,on Thursday. To be eligible, families must pre-register, reside in Tarrant County and meet specific income requirements. About 10,000 schoolchildren are expected to attend Roundup.
When Aug. 9 arrives, you’ll find a small army of UNTHSC volunteers at Back-to-School Roundup providing:
- Medication management through the UNT System College of Pharmacy
- Asthma screenings and education through the Asthma 411program
- Lead testing from the Institute for Patient Safety and College of Pharmacy
- Blood pressure and blood glucose testing through the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)
- Sports physicals and vision screenings through TCOM, Physician Assistant Studies, Mobile Vision Screening Programand the Pediatric Mobile Clinic
- Information on healthy and active living through FitWorth
- Opportunities to participate in: