It happens every year; parents rushing to get their annual school physicals done before class begins.
Doctors say it is better to get in before the first day of school for several reasons.
Screenings can include height, weight and BMI in addition to vision, hearing and dental. Also, vaccinations, when needed.
"It just gives them a chance to start the school year on the right foot and kind of hit the ground running. And then if risk factors are identified, you have time to research and talk with your doctor and get those wrapped up before your child starts school," says Dr. Church.
Doctors also go over personal issues. With teenagers, they talk about social pressures they may feel at school. With the smaller kids, the focus is on their growth and development, and it's a chance to recommend physical activity and a healthy diet -- all things that will help them do well in class.