Be Well: It’s back-to-school time. Raise your hand if you’re prepared.

Be Well Health Tips - August 7th, 2023

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Be Well Health Tips

Be Well: It’s back-to-school time. Raise your hand if you’re prepared.

Posted on August 7th, 2023 - Reading Time: 4 Minute/s

Can you believe, it’s back-to-school time again! Are you ready?

The start of a new school year can be exciting and stressful – for you and your kids. Life is busy, you’re juggling all sorts of things at home, and money can be tight. We hope these simple tips help make it easier for you to set your kids up for a healthy and happy school year.

Tip #1: Get immunized

Make sure your child is up to date on their shots. Many kids fell behind on checkups and recommended vaccinations during the spread of COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and can protect your child against serious and sometimes deadly illnesses. You can see a schedule of recommended vaccines by age here.

Did you know
Most insurance plans, including Apple Health (Medicaid) plans, cover child immunizations. That means it doesn’t cost you anything.

Tip #2: Get a checkup

Just like adults, children should visit the doctor for regular checkups. Health experts recommend “well-child” visits once a year for school-age kids. Your child can also get recommended vaccines and tests during these visits. And it’s a great chance for you to ask the doctor any questions you have about your child’s health and development.

Did you know
Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) Apple Health members can earn a $20 gift card every time they take their child in for a checkup. Read more about CHPW’s Well-Child Rewards Program.

Tip #3: Get a sports physical

In Washington State, kids in grades 6 and up must get a sports physical before they start a new sport or season. So if your child wants to play, make sure you schedule that physical exam well before their season begins. Sports physicals are usually good for two years.

Did you know
CHPW covers one annual sports physical per child ages 6 through 18. Learn more about sports physicals here.

Tip #4: Get school supplies ready

Books, backpacks, healthy lunches, and more. Make sure your child has what they need to be excited for the new school year. The cost of these items can add up quickly! Check if there are any back-to-school drives in your area where you can get free backpacks and other supplies. Nonprofit organizations like Hopelink also offer free supplies. Ask your child’s school if they know about local groups that are helping out.

As for meals, many schools offer free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches, especially for kids of low-income families. Check if your school does. Families can apply for free or reduced-price meals by submitting an application to their school or school district.

Did you know
You can also search online for help with school supplies. The Washington 2-1-1 directory or ResourceFinder are great places to start.

Tip #5: Plan after-school activities

Learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings. Studies have shown that kids and teens who attend after-school  programs tend to do better in the classroom. After-school activities can also help kids learn new skills, make new friends, and even reduce their risk of getting into trouble.

Did you know
One of the benefits of CHPW Apple Health is free membership to participating Boys & Girls Clubs and its after-school activities for children ages 6 to 18. Learn more here.

Here’s hoping you and your child have a wonderful school year!


Are you a CHPW member and need help with renewing your Apple Health coverage? Call CHPW’s Renewal Team at 1-866-907-1904 (TTY: 711), 8 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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