Check Back-to-School Prep Off Your List at BRG’s Free Mid City Screening Event

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Baton Rouge General’s Family Health Center will host a Back-to-School Screening at the Mid City campus on Saturday, July 27 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. The free event includes screenings for children up to age 18 -- vision, hearing and dental, as well as sports physicals and general physical exams by a physician. All children screened will receive a free backpack sponsored by Raising Cane’s.

“The first day of school acts as a good reminder to get your children in for their annual checkup,” said Dr. Vineeth Kumar, a physician at Family Health Center. “It’s important to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date and to keep tabs on their growth progress, and any concerns you may have about vision or hearing.”

In addition to getting a check-up, back-to-school time is important for other health reminders, like making sure kids get enough sleep, especially after being on a summer schedule. Eating balanced meals, getting enough exercise, and practicing good hand hygiene are all key in a child’s overall wellness. Members of the BRG Fit! team will offer nutrition and exercise demonstrations at the screening event.

If carpool is in the plans for this school year, check out Louisiana’s new child safety seat laws, which go into effect August 1. For school-age kids, the big changes are that children should stay in a booster seat until age 9 and ride only in the back seat until age 13. Occupational therapists at BRG will be on hand providing car seat safety education.

Other free activities and booths:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Balloon twisting
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Library
  • Raising Cane’s Lemonade Stand
  • Backpack checks – proper placement and weight limits
  • Tennis shoe assessments – check for a good fit and proper support
  • Study tips

BRG’s Family Health Center offers primary care services for both adults and children, and is staffed by five physicians and a team of resident physicians in BRG’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

For more information or to register, visitbrgeneral.org/backtoschool or call (225) 763-4695. Registration is required.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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