Improve Your Child’s Health Through Good Nutrition

Eating regular meals helps to maintain and sustain physical and mental energy and assists with good behavior throughout the day to help kids do well in school.

Good Nutrition

A Healthy Mouth Can Improve Your Child’s School Performance

51 million hours of educational opportunity are lost each year due to dental disease, according to Oral Health in America: A report of the Surgeon General. The link below provides frequently asked questions on how your child’s dental health is linked to school performance.

Healthy Mouth

Children and Caffeine

Overdoing it on caffeine is easy especially since the common size for many beverages containing caffeine are at least 16 ounces. The link below provides caffeine tips and recommendations for children to perform their best in school and activities without caffeine.

Children and Caffeine

Good Family Sleep Habits

The amount and quality of sleep children get on a regular basis can improve their school performance and relationships with others. Studies have shown that students with better grades had more hours of sleep than those with lower grades. For more information on how much sleep everyone in your family needs, click the link below.

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Clinic Provides Local, Personalized Care

By IACH Public Affairs Office

Junction City resident and retiree beneficiary Janice Morris won’t need to drive her car the next time she goes to see her provider. She may just walk to the newly built Army Medical Home on Southwind Drive.

Located six miles from Fort Riley in Junction City, the Flint Hills Medical Home is the first to be opened solely for the benefit of Active Duty family members, retirees, and their family members in Kansas.

“I think the opening of this clinic is wonderful and convenient for me; I live just two blocks away,” she said. “My husband and I always receive wonderful care on Fort Riley and now we will receive the same care in our neighborhood.”

Morris was the clinic’s first patient on Aug. 3 when it began seeing beneficiaries. She participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony July 31 representing all family and retiree beneficiaries who reside in and around Junction City.

“This medical home will enhance Army Medicine’s mission of supporting the force and ensuring access to quality medical services,” said COL Risa Ware, Irwin Army Community Hospital Commander, during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Our military families deserve nothing less than the best health care that Army Medicine can provide. The opening of the Flint Hills Medical Home will make it more convenient for them to have access to the same great care they receive at Irwin Army Community Hospital,” she said.

The 12,500-square-foot facility is outfitted with new equipment and18 exam rooms. It can host up to seven medical providers. In addition to preventive services, enrolled family members and retirees will also have access to lab, pharmacy and behavioral health services. At full capacity the medical home can provide care for 8,100 beneficiaries.

The Flint Hills Medical Home is more than just convenience of location. It is a Patient Centered Medical Home, a new model of healthcare being adopted across Army Medicine and by leading civilian healthcare systems. Medical research indicates that patients with access to a personalized health care team, over time, are healthier, live longer, and live a more productive life.

“Through a partnership with their primary care team, patients are active participants in their health care. Together, a comprehensive health care plan is developed to maximize the delivery of preventive care to promote health and wellness. We are confident that family members and retirees will be pleased with the care they receive here,” she said.

The Flint Hills Medical Home is located at 623 Southwind Dr. in Junction City, just one mile north off of Exit 295 Interstate 70. To make an appointment, visit www.TricareOnline.com or call (785) 239-DOCS.

Help Keep Your Child Healthy Through Exercise and Physical Activity

Did you know that children ages 6-17 should have 60 minutes per day of activity for good health? Click the link below for more facts on how to keep your child healthy through exercise and physical activity.

Healthy Child Exercise Facts