Healthcare2U Answers Phoenix Employer Demands for Affordable and Bilingual Direct Primary Care

Healthcare2U’s No-Claims Healthcare™ Offers CostContainment Strategies for Primary Care and Chronic Diseases

November 20, 2018 – Tempe, AZ  In 2016 the Phoenix area was listed among the top five largest metro areas in the United States with the most air pollution, placing the 4.6 million residents at a higher risk of various respiratory diseases like chronic asthma and COPD. Because of the effect these environmental factors have on the population and the on-going claims associated, employers are looking for alternatives for absenteeism and expensive emergency room visits. In response to this demand, Healthcare2U is announcing its first clinic expansion into the Phoenix, Arizona area.   

“Direct Primary Care through Healthcare2U treats a member’s acute illnesses, provides preventative care and, maybe most importantly, can detect and manage 13 prevalent chronic diseases including asthma and COPD,” says Dr.  John Rodriguez, Chief Medical Officer of Healthcare2U. “By providing affordable and easily-accessible care, our Direct Primary Care membership contains employer and member costs on unnecessary emergency room and urgent care visits. By encouraging a relationship between members and our physicians, Healthcare2U shifts expenses from an employer’s health insurance to our membership, resulting in lower premiums and better quality of care.” 

Through their integrated Direct Primary Care network, Healthcare2U delivers its membership-based healthcare to employers in the Phoenix area and across the nation. Within these clinics, Healthcare2U provides same or next-day doctor appointments for acute issues at $10 a visit and around-the-clock bilingual telehealth for $0 out-of-pocket cost. In addition to unlimited same-day/next-day acute visits, Healthcare2U physician partners agree to treat 13 of the most prevalent chronic disease states for the same $10 visit fee. Healthcare2U physician partners also agree to practice generic-first protocols to reduce pharmaceutical costs for employers and their employees. 

“Healthcare2U’s Direct Primary Care membership provides cost-containment strategies for employers, reducing the financial burden of healthcare while supporting healthier and more productive employees,” says Andy Bonner, CEO of Healthcare2U. “We are expanding quickly across the nation due to a need for affordable healthcare that emphasizes the relationship between physician and patient. We’re dedicated to our member’s healthcare experience and are excited to introduce Healthcare2U’s membership and solutions to employers in the greater Phoenix area.” 

 

About Healthcare2U
Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering Direct Primary Care, wellness and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 240 partner clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care. The company is focused on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. For a complete list of clinics, see https://healthc2u.com/locations/. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com. 

 

Media Contact 
Courtney Babin, Healthcare2U
Courtney@healthc2u.com

Healthcare2U Enters Miami Area, Introducing Integrated Direct Primary Care to Employers of All Sizes

As Miami Employers Look for Affordable Alternatives to Traditional Insurance, Healthcare2U Introduces Their No-Claims Healthcare™ Model to the Area 

November 13, 2018 – Miami, FL – As the 2019 Open Enrollment Period continues across the nation, Healthcare2U No-Claims Healthcare™ is expanding its nationwide integrated Direct Primary Care clinic network to reach employers in Miami looking for affordable alternatives to traditional health insurance. Through Healthcare2U’s partner clinics, employers are offered multiple healthcare options including unlimited Direct Primary Care and comprehensive health plans constructed to satisfy the ACA Employer Mandates.  

“Healthcare2U is not only a health advocate for our members, but we also support the employer. By directing members away from an employer’s health insurance plan and towards unlimited telehealth or an in-office visit through a Healthcare2U partner-physician clinic, we can contain employer costs dramatically,” says Andy Bonner, CEO of Healthcare2U. “By allowing Healthcare2U to be the first point-of-contact when a member becomes ill, we are able to navigate members through their healthcare options. Through Healthcare2U no claims are submitted against the employer’s insurance plan.” 

Affordable and convenient access to the entry point of healthcare is the mission behind Healthcare2U’s expansion across the nation. With more than 240 partner clinics across 26 states, Healthcare2U provides same or next-day doctor appointments for acute issues at $10 a visit and around-the-clock telehealth for $0 out-of-pocket cost. In addition to unlimited same-day/next-day acute visits, Healthcare2U physician partners agree to treat 13 of the most prevalent chronic disease states for the same $10 visit fee. Healthcare2U physician partners also agree to practice generic-first protocols to reduce pharmaceutical costs for employers and their employees. 

While this clinic addition is the first in Miami, it is the sixth partner clinic in Healthcare2U’s expansion into Florida.  

 

About Healthcare2U  

Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering Direct Primary Care, wellness and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 240 partner clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care. The company is focused on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. For a complete list of clinics, see https://healthc2u.com/locations/. For more information, visit www.healthc2u.com. 

 

Media Contact  

Courtney Babin, Healthcare2U  
Courtney@healthc2u.com  
512-900-8900 x 114

Open Enrollment Checklist

For those on the forefront of the benefits landscape, the first of November marks the beginning of another open enrollment season. As many of you know, this is the time for employees to enroll in the health insurance options provided to them by their employers. Hopefully during this time, several key attributes come together to create a seamless and beneficial enrollment period for all involved. To kick off the beginning of open enrollment, we’ve provided a checklist below that covers a few tips to ease the administrative burden from this process.

Communicate openly.

Did you know only 18 percent of employers feel their benefits communications are extremely effective? Raise those statistics by keeping a clear line of open communication. In the pre-enrollment meetings, ask questions to access your client’s broader business objectives and strategic goals for 2019. Inquire about what human capital initiatives the company has in place or what ideas they would like to offer to meet their goals. When providing a benefits package, match these goals to the culture of the company. For example, if a company wants to promote mental health among its employees, provide plans that conveniently offer those services.

Understand the employee population.

It’s important to offer and recommend benefits that reflect the company as well as meet the needs of the employee population. If a group’s population is older, consider providing health plans that allow higher utilization and better coverage. In a recent study, 94 percent of near-retirees (employees in the last five years of employment) stated that having adequate health insurance was their top priority, while 92 percent of the entering workforce employees (those in the first five years of their employment) said that making ends meet was their top concern. A strong understanding of an employer’s population allows a company to meet their maximum return on investment.

Provide insight.

You are trusted by your clients for your professional expertise and proficiency in the benefits world. Consider showcasing your skills with benchmark data and analytics, or provide exceptional customer service by offering set-up, connection, and optimization support. There’s no universal benefits solution that meets the needs of all employers – individuality is a must. As employees continue to delay retirement further, companies have a variety of generations in their demographics. Keep this in mind as you create a package that is rooted in the employer’s company values. Plan for the long-term with both the employee demographics and business goals in mind.

Use technology.

Technology holds the key to a smooth enrollment process, an empowered HR department and happily informed employees. Use a system that is cohesive and integrated, allowing access to the platform for everyone involved. In a survey, 56 percent of employers said they consult with their broker several times (or more) each year about technology platforms for enrollment, administration, compliance and other tasks. When consulting, make sure to keep the lines of communication open concerning expectations, processes and updates. In 2017, only 52 percent of employees said they understood their health benefits, which was down from the previous year. Leveraging technology can provide an authentic and customizable employee experience, increasing the possibility of understanding and usage.

Come prepared with forms and materials.

This one sounds intuitive, but an unprepared broker equates to a slow processing of employee benefits. Keep your clients smiling by preparing your group set-up documents, employee acknowledgement-of-benefits form and any additional authorization forms before their enrollment day. Proper completion of these forms, including your group census, will provide the smoothest enrollment possible. Don’t forget to bring your educational marketing materials as well. Benefits education is the most important aspect to increase employee engagement. A study from earlier this year concluded that 83 percent of surveyed employees stated health insurance benefits are very or extremely important in deciding whether to stay with an employer or change jobs. By providing an educational enrollment, you not only help your clients increase employee retention but you also increase your value and credibility as well.

Although open enrollment is a busy and chaotic season, it should be an exciting time for you, your clients and their employees. This is the opportunity for you to present the comprehensive benefits package that meets your client’s needs and business objectives to their employees. It’s your opportunity to share your knowledge through consulting services and provide an exceptional service to your clients. With a combination of these features, you’re destined to have a successful and profitable open enrollment – good luck!

Healthcare2U Enters Iowa As Employers Seek Alternative Solutions to Steep Health Premium Increases

No-Claims Healthcare™ Offers Employers Financial Relief from Rising Insurance Costs

October 25, 2018 – Des Moines, IA – As Iowa’s insurance agents look for creative alternatives to steep premium increases, Healthcare2U announces the arrival of their first Direct Primary Care clinic in West Des Moines. Over the last year, Iowa has experienced an increase in employer health-benefit premiums by 8.4 percent. Considering these employers provide health insurance to more than half of all Iowans, there is a strong demand for affordable solutions that will provide affordable care while containing employer healthcare expenses.

“Direct Primary Care is a membership that, by nature, contains healthcare costs by deferring primary care from an employer’s insurance plan,” says Andy Bonner, CEO of Healthcare2U. “The Healthcare2U Direct Primary care difference is that our membership is available to employees for primary care, acute illnesses, and chronic disease management – dramatically decreasing the number of insurance claims on an employer’s health plan.”

Healthcare2U delivers its membership-based Direct Primary Care on a national scale through its proprietary Private Physician Network™ (PPN). Within these clinics, Healthcare2U provides same or next-day doctor appointments for acute issues at $10 a visit and around-the-clock telehealth for $0 out-of-pocket cost. In addition to unlimited same or next-day acute visits, Healthcare2U physician partners agree to treat 13 of the most prevalent chronic disease states for the same $10 visit fee. Healthcare2U physician partners also agree to practice generic-first protocols to reduce pharmaceutical costs for employers and their employees.

“Healthcare2U’s Direct Primary Care membership is effective in lowering healthcare costs because it increases physician-patient communication to effectively manage chronic diseases, decreasing employee’s utilization of their insurance plans,” says Dr. John Rodriguez, Chief Medical Officer of Healthcare2U. “With Healthcare2U’s membership, patients have affordable and convenient access to, not only the entry point of healthcare, but also the treatment and management of 13 chronic disease states – including hypertension, blood pressure, and congestive heart failure (CHF).”

While Healthcare2U’s West Des Moines clinic is the first in the state of Iowa, Healthcare2U has a nationwide Private Physician Network™ that spans 26 states with more than 240 clinics.

 

About Healthcare2U
Healthcare2U, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is a leader in delivering direct primary care, wellness, and chronic disease management to employers of all sizes. Through a network of more than 240 partner clinics across the nation, Healthcare2U is breaking down barriers to convenient access to quality medical care. The company is focused on promoting healthy living while preventing disease. Healthcare2U is redefining how healthcare is delivered to improve the overall consumer medical experience while holding the line on employer costs. For a complete list of clinics, see https://healthc2u.com/locations/. For more information, visit healthc2u.com.

 

Media Contact:

Courtney Babin, Healthcare2U
Courtney@healthc2u.com
512-900-8900 x 114

Breast Cancer Research: The Breakthroughs of Today for Those Diagnosed Tomorrow

As one of the largest foundations in the world, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) funded nearly 300 scientists from 2018 to 2019. The research conducted by these past, current and future grantees will create opportunities, solutions and breakthroughs for breast cancer patients. Thanks to the research on this disease, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S and deaths from breast cancer have declined by 40 percent over the last 25 years.

A Legacy of Breakthroughs

In 1999, BCRF discovered that the drug Tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen drug, could be used to treat early and advanced stages of the disease to reduce the incidence of breast cancer by about 30%. Four years later, they identified cancer stem cells in breast cancer to help prevent progression and metastasis. In 2012, a new drug Perjeta was approved to be used in combination with other medication and chemotherapy to improve the overall survival of metastatic breast cancer from the average of 40 months to 56 Imonths.

TAILORx Trial: Avoiding Chemotherapy in Early Stages of the Disease  

In 2018, after 10 years of research, the ‘TAILORx trial’ confirmed that most patients with early stage ER-positive breast cancer (which is nearly 60,000 patients per year), can skip chemotherapy. By determining an Oncotype DX® Recurrence Score® through 21 genes from a tumor biopsy, patients are assigned a Reoccurrence Score (RS) of 1-100. The RS indicates the likelihood of the cancer returning and determines the risk of recurrence in newly diagnosed patients while in the early stages of the disease.

The study included more than 10,000 women across 6 countries with ER-positive, HER2-negative, node negative breast cancer. The women with a low RS  (RS of 1-10) were treated with hormone therapy alone, and the women with a high-risk of recurrence (RS greater than 26) were treated with a combination of hormone therapy and chemotherapy.

Of the total study participants, 70 percent were in an intermediate group with a RS of 11-25. In this group, participants were randomized to receive either hormone therapy and chemotherapy, or hormone therapy alone. The objective was to determine whether the addition of chemotherapy improved disease-free survival for this group of women.

After seven and a half years of follow up, the trial concluded that hormone treatment, alone, was as effective in providing distant recurrence and overall survival as the patients that received hormone therapy plus chemotherapy.

This is a breakthrough in breast cancer research because withholding or postponing the effects of chemotherapy treatment can improve a woman’s treatment plan, quality of life and spirit. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation continues to focus efforts on improving outcomes and advancements in personalized therapy. While there currently is no cure for this disease, the results of this research trial will provide hope to many women diagnosed in the future.

 

**Content updated May 7, 2021

Fighting a Killer

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term used to describe disorders that affect the cardiovascular system, meaning a disorder of the heart or blood vessels. Most CVDs are brought on by chronic conditions which develop over extended periods of time. Because of the nature of chronic disease, cardiovascular health is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and longevity. As the world’s number one killer, CVD claims around 17 million lives a year — meaning one in ten people, aged between 30 to 70 years old, will die from this non-communicable disease (NCD).

In 2012, as a response to CVD and other diseases, world leaders made a commitment to reducing the global mortality rate from NCDs by 25 percent before 2025. This commitment is the inspiration for World Heart Day which brings awareness across nations in the fight against CVD.

For World Heart Day let’s focus on three tips to living a heart-healthy life:

Say “no” to smoking

Exercise consistently

Eat healthy

Say “No” to Smoking

It’s not easy – we understand that. However, quitting smoking is a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle. Almost one third of deaths from CVD are attributed to smoking. As one of the most preventable causes of death in the US, you can join the millions of people who are successfully quitting each year. Here are a few things you can do to help you get started.

  1. Set your quit day – Choose the day to turn your life around! This gives you time to prepare and start out on the right foot.
  2. Choose your method – There are three different ways to quit smoking: “cold turkey”, cutting down, or smoking part of each cigarette. Pick which method is best for you!
  3. Incorporate help – If necessary, you can incorporate Nicotine gum, lozenges, or the patch to ease your body’s withdrawal affects. All of these items can be found over the counter.
  4. Make a plan – Celebrate the days of successfully not smoking with healthy things you enjoy. (i.e. movie, hobby, friend gatherings)

Exercise Consistently

According to the American Heart Association, the first step to getting active is to consider the amount of exercise you’re currently getting. For adults, the recommended amount is at least 150 minutes per week, which can be broken up into 30-minute increments a day. For children, they recommend 300 minutes a week.

Once you’ve evaluated what your normal weekly amount is, find activities that you enjoy doing. Whether it’s playing a specific sport or taking walks with your family, incorporate it! The key to consistent exercise is incorporating regular activity into your weekly schedule. Once you’ve nailed down a consistent schedule, consider pushing for 10 more minutes of activity!

Eat Healthy

Similar to exercising consistently, the best way to begin eating well, is to first understand what you’re currently consuming. Registered Dietitian Riska Platt recommends keeping a food diary for a couple weeks to understand the nutrient composition and pattern of your diet. Understand why you’re eating and if there are any specific emotions attached.

From there, you have an idea of where changes can be made. Her tips also include starting small, one meal at a time. Focus on attainable goals and where you can incorporate healthier options. For example, trade butter for a healthier olive or canola oil, or incorporate more fiber-rich whole grains by substituting white for whole grain bread. Get into the habit of reading labels to limit daily consumption of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Wherever you’re at in your health journey, consider focusing on one of these tips today. Cardiovascular disease is preventable with the right measures. Share this with your friends and family to build a community of people living a healthier life. Together, we can fight this.

 

Content updated on 4-23-2021

7 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Women’s Health and Fitness Day brings attention to the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women of all ages. There are various ways to love your body in terms of health and fitness, so we’ve put together a short list of ways to guide you towards healthy living. Consider calling up your best girlfriend or enjoy these tips for yourself; either way, get creative in exercising your health and fitness today!

  1. Be Active by attending a fitness class

Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Barre – try a new fitness class or go to one you love. Yoga can provide physical and mental benefits by relieving chronic pain and help you manage stress. High Intensity Interval Training classes such as Zumba, Pilates and Barre are great for reducing blood pressure and burning calories in a short amount of time. Check out fitness classes online for easy access!

  1. Be Healthy by getting your thyroid checked

One in eight women will develop thyroid problems during her lifetime. The thyroid is an important part of the body, effecting many bodily functions from your metabolism to your ability to get pregnant. The good news is that is you develop hypo or hyperthyroidism these conditions can be treated with medication to regulate the production of thyroid hormones. If you are worried about the condition of your thyroid, make an appointment with your primary care physician to check it out!

  1. Rest by taking a nap

Feeling a little run down? The National Sleep Foundation states that naps can restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents for the period directly following the nap up to a few hours after. It can also provide a psychological benefit for you, promoting relaxation and rejuvenation. Make sure you allow yourself to rest and wind down to limit stress levels and enhance your performance!

  1. Explore by going for a walk

Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can have numerous benefits to your health. Regular walks can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent and manage heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It can also strengthen your bones and muscles as well as improve your overall balance and coordination. Grab a friend to keep you company and hit the nearest trail or sidewalk!

  1. Be Strong by maintaining strong bones

The National Osteoporosis Foundation explains that women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis because females naturally have smaller, thinner bones than men. Also, our hormone estrogen, which protects bones, decreases at menopause. Good news is there’s a simple secret to help lower your risk! Enjoy a well-balanced diet that includes calcium and vitamin D (either organically or through supplements), exercise, and limit smoking and drinking.

  1. Hydrate by drinking water

Monthly changes in female estrogen and progesterone levels (also known as Menstruation) impacts the female body’s ability to hydrate. To keep optimal function during this time, it’s ideal for blood volume to be high. The reason? When a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels are high, she loses around 8 percent of plasma volume (the watery part of blood). Therefore, it’s important to hydrate before monthly cycles and especially before any form of exercise. Get creative and try putting some citrus or fruit in your water!

  1. Indulge by treating yourself to some chocolate

You read that correctly. Dark chocolate is made mostly of cocoa solids which contains iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and flavanols. These flavanols may help to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of diabetes. It’s always best in moderation and with the highest percentage of cacao. Check out chocolates at your local grocer, aim for 80-90% cocoa!

 

Content updated 4-23-2021

The Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Pediatric obesity, commonly known as childhood obesity, is rising across the nation. According to the American Heart Association, one in three American minors are considered overweight. The responsibility of maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t fall solely on the child, parents are an influential factor for developing children’s healthy eating and activity habits. Since September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we’re looking into what defines this disease and how parents can play an important role in combating the issue.

Defining Childhood Obesity

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines childhood obesity by measuring a child’s body mass index (BMI). This BMI number (calculated through an individual’s height and weight) presents a relevant measurement of body composition. For children and teens, BMI is age and sex-specific and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. Therefore, the childhood obesity category is defined as a child whose BMI is higher than 95% of other children their age and gender.

Health Effects

Childhood obesity can have many short and long-term effects on a child’s health. Some health concerns may appear immediately (lethargy, difficulty breathing or doing physical activities) while others may arise later in life (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other cardiovascular problems). Obesity can also impair a child’s glucose response which can lead to type 2 diabetes, cause joint and muscular discomfort, fatty liver disease, and gallstones. But the physical effects aren’t the only thing an obese child can suffer from. It can often affect the mental well-being of a child, causing issues such as depression or guilt.

Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle

It can be easy to misperceive where a child falls in their weight category. However, annual physicals with a primary care or family physician are a beneficial way to keep track of weight and overall growth. Depending on a child’s age, they may not fully understand the concept of weight and nutrition, making it crucial for parents to simply promote a healthy lifestyle. The information below provides nutritional and physical activity tips that parents can use to combat the development of childhood obesity.

The Power of Nutrition[1]

  1. Identify a time and location for meals.
    • Routine meals play an important role in healthy digestion. Eating at the same time and in the same location minimizes excessive snacking and encourages appropriate portion size. Try to gather the family for meals at the dining room or kitchen table away from the TV or computer.
  2. Quantify sugary drinks.
    • Be aware of sugar consumption, especially in the form of drinks like sodas, juices, and even chocolate milk. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sugary beverages contribute to weight gain more so than solid foods since the body does not feel full through sugary drinks and therefore does not reduce calorie intake from other foods.
  3. Promote fruits and vegetables.
    • Children often find one or two fruits or vegetables that they enjoy. By consistently rotating their favorite vegetables and trying new ones, a child will gain an appreciation for healthy snacks and, quite possibly, a higher happiness level.
  4. Incorporate complex carbs.
    • By incorporating complex carbs into your child’s diet, you will be able to help avoid blood sugar swings caused by simple carbs. Simple carbs that are often found in processed or refined items and can leave a child feeling hungry or unfulfilled. Instead, incorporate more complex carbs that are found in whole wheat products.
  5. Provide a lean menu.
    • There are many options for meat and poultry that considered lean meats (lower in fat). To keep a healthy and balanced diet, grill and bake these lean meats versus indulging in too many fatty or fried foods. As you know, fatty foods can have a huge impact on a child’s future cholesterol levels and cardiovascular function.

 

The Power of Physical Activity[1]

  1. Increase physical activity.
    • Incorporate opportunities for physical activity and fitness into your child’s daily schedule. Walking or biking to school, walking the family dog, or even enrolling the child in organized sports can increase activity levels and even brain stimulation.
  2. Reduce sedentary activity.
    • Limiting a child’s screen time is crucial in preventing a sedentary lifestyle. As difficult as it may be in this digital world, two hours a day is the recommended limit on TVs and computers.
  3. Meet the recommended amount of physical activity.
    • The daily recommended minimal amount of physical activity is one hour. Suggest activities that involve the family or your child’s friends. The physical activity doesn’t have to be met all at once, but this daily goal can be highly beneficial on a child’s health in the long run.

Childhood obesity may be rising in America, but your child isn’t alone in this fight. Being mindful, incorporating beneficial activities, and informing them on how to live a healthy lifestyle can drastically make a difference. Share these steps with your family today and you can maintain your child’s healthy weight and combat childhood obesity together.

[1]https://www.karger.com/Article/PDF/295112

Five Tips to Prepare for a Healthier School Year

For parents of school-aged children, the start of school comes with a fair amount of preparation. New clothes, shoes, and school supplies are purchased to prepare students for a successful year of learning. Amidst all the traditional items, it’s easy to overlook preparing their physical well-being as they enter a new year.  Now that school is back in session, here are five valuable tips to ensure a healthier school year!

  1. Ensure prescriptions are up-to-date and filled.

Medications can get expensive, but the generic version can help lower your costs dramatically. If your child has medication, be sure to update and fill new prescriptions for the school nurse. When bringing the medication to school, ensure your child’s full name and homeroom teacher is included, as well as what dosage should be given, when it should be administered and any other important notes (i.e. with/without food or water).

  1. Get your young athlete a physical.

All student athletes are required to get a physical sports exam before they can participate. Why not get ahead of the game and get one now? These exams can be very valuable in determining any potential risks on existing injuries or medical conditions, as well as evaluate the function of vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

  1. Bring back the bedtime routine.

During the summer, kids are staying up and sleeping in a little later. Which is why it’s important that back to school preparation brings a healthier sleep routine. According to the National Sleep Foundation, school-aged children (6-13 years) are recommended 9-11 hours of sleep and teenagers (14-17 years) are recommended 8-10 hours.

  1. Stock up on healthy snacks.

While closets and backpacks are getting filled for the start of the school year, make sure the pantry does too! Throughout the school year, keep healthy snacks on-hand to ensure children are getting essential nutrients in their diet. Find out which fruits and vegetables they love to keep them stocked! Here is a list of other healthy snacks to try as well.

  1. Healthcare2U members, save (800) 496-2805 for non-emergency health-related circumstances.

There’s no doubt that at some point, your child may get sick or a minor injury this school year. With Healthcare2U’s unlimited and immediate services, you don’t have to worry – bilingual medical assistants are only a phone call away! Acute illnesses are promised as same or next-day appointments and a prescription can easily be filled over the phone, if necessary.

Preparing for the new school year can be exciting and stressful, and while Healthcare2U can’t help with school supplies and carpooling – we are here to make your family’s healthcare convenient and more affordable. Our Direct Primary Care services help you save money through unlimited doctor office visits and unlimited 24/7/365 telehealth. At $10 a visit, members receive access to guaranteed same or next-day office appointments at $10 a visit, unlimited 24/7/365 telehealth at $0 out-of-pocket cost, and chronic disease management for 13 prevalent disease states for $10 per visit. In the event you have questions or concerns, a physician can guide you and your family through steps toward a healthier lifestyle!