Friday, August 26, 2011

It's that time of year again!

Hard to believe but it’s already time for our kids to go back to school. We thought it might be helpful to provide a few tips on helping your children get back on schedule for the school year.
  • Try to stick to a bedtime even for teenagers. Sleep deprivation can cause your child to have difficulty paying attention, staying awake, perform well on tests, have mood swings and affect their behavior. Teens need 8 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. While sometimes homework or activities may interfere with their sleep routine, it is important for parents to set a bedtime and enforce it as much as possible.
  • Set up a family rule that after lights out, no iPods, texting, phone calls or television are allowed. Teens tend to sleep with their cell phones so they don’t miss a text message. This causes them to not sleep fitfully and can lead to sleep problems such as insomnia.
  • Eat healthy! Nutrition is brain food! Pack fruits and veggies into their lunchboxes. Try to avoid sugary drinks and treats which for many children may trigger hyperactivity.
  • After school have your children have some down time. Set a rule that they need to do some physical activity so they get enough exercise to help them keep fit and strong.
  • Allow no more than 1-2 hours per day of media time. This includes listening to music, watching tv, playing video games or updating Facebook. Don’t let them become couch potatoes!
  • Try to eat at least two meals together every day as a family without the television on. This is your opportunity for each person to talk about their day….a good way to find out what’s happening in your child's world.
  • Remember that teachers are there to teach! It is important for children to learn the art of self control. Kids generally put a slant on things when they are in trouble….take time to consider what the teacher may be dealing with… many kids mouth off, don’t turn in homework and refuse to cooperate. Learning to respect those in authority now will definitely help them in their future when dealing with their employer.
        *********PLEASE NOTE*********

As of September 1st ALL refill requests must come from your pharmacy.

    *********Construction Update*********

We’d like to thank you for your patience during the renovation and expansion of the Naperville office.   We hope you like the new look!

******Back to School Clinic*******

Our non-profit, The CareLink Foundation, will be holding a back to school clinic for families who may be between jobs and don’t have insurance coverage for school and sports physicals. The clinic will be held this Sunday, August 28th at PHA’s West Chicago office from 1 – 3 pm. For further information, please go to and click on the “Clinics” tab. A $5 donation is requested to help offset our costs.

         *********Calling All Golfers!*********
On Sunday, Sept. 11th you are invited to join us at the 7th annual CareLink golf outing to raise funds to help kids less fortunate in our community and as far away as Honduras. This is a great opportunity to share our blessings with others while having fun doing so! For
registration please visit  and click on the Events tab.

The outing will be held at the Tamarack Golf Club in Naperville. Cost is $150 per person and includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch and drinks.

CareLink is also looking for golf sponsors. We appreciate your consideration of helping us help others! You may sign up as well on the website.

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