Winners of the SIMED Healthy Kids Coloring Contest

Winners of Healthy Kids coloring contest announced.

For the month of August, SIMED held the Healthy Kids Coloring Contest to encourage children to think about what makes them feel healthy. Children were asked to draw what made them feel healthy, and they delivered.

We had many amazing drawings, and it was difficult to pick two winners for the $30 prizes. 

Before we reveal the winners, we ask you check out all our awesome submissions.


View the submissions here.


2017 SIMED Healthy Kids Coloring Contest Winners

For the 6 and under age group, the winner is:
Ella Fausnaught, 5

drawing by a little girl of fruits and vegetables in a garden

Ella's drawing combined both healthy activities and healthy eating. We like how she drew the fruit and vegetables in the garden. In her drawing, she showed she liked healthy eating, getting outside, and getting active. Keep up the great work, Ella!

For the 7 to 11 age group, the winner is:
Starry Caban, 8

drawing by a girl of what makes her feel healthy which is dancing in front of a rainbow background on a stage

We like all the colors Starry used and that she filled the whole page. Dancing is a great way to stay healthy and a fun way to get your exercise. Great job, Starry!

Winners have been contacted to pick up the prize with the information provided on the contest submissions. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. We loved seeing everything that made you feel healthy and all your colorful drawings.

Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, exercising, going to the doctor and even using the restroom are all ways we can stay healthy. Being healthy can be fun!

Remember to check out the rest of the submissions that everyone worked so hard on.

View the submissions here.

School Tips for Parents

school supplies, stick figures waving, SIMED wishes everyone good luck for school
School is starting soon, and it’s important for both parents and children to feel prepared for the change in routine that comes from starting a new school year. 
SIMED Dr. Calvin Martin, an urgent care physician, has compiled a list of tips to help parents prepare for a healthy new school year. 

1. Enforce a regular sleeping schedule

During the summer, your children might become accustomed to getting up later, so it’s important to get them adjusted to going to bed at a reasonable time, even weeks before school starts.
Children should get at least 8 hours of sleep (preferably more) each night. Get into the habit of enforcing your child’s bedtime. Children should have regular sleep and wake times.
Put rules into place and make sure your children understand it’s important to follow them. For example, parents can make sure children don’t use technology after a certain time by creating a spot on the kitchen counter where children have to place their devices when it’s time to go to bed. The children can then get the devices back in the morning.
Parents: You should also adjust your sleeping habits to ensure you get a good night’s sleep when you have to wake up early to get your children ready for school.

infographic with back to school health tips for parents


2. Pack healthy lunches and plan healthy meals

Make sure to prepare good quality food to pack for your children’s lunches.
One way you can ensure your child has healthy meals each day is to plan those meals in advance. If you know your schedule you can plan to make food ahead of time in preparation for busy days and plan when to cook. 
Avoid fast food, and don’t let children drink caffeine (like soda) later in the day. 
Create alternatives for unhealthy snacks and make them easily accessible. For example, prepare portions of fruit wedges or vegetable slices and leave them in baggies in the fridge.
If your children eat school lunches, make sure what you’re feeding them at home compensates for the lack of nutrition. 

3. Schedule everything

Scheduling can be helpful to make sure you don’t forget about anything. You can schedule your grocery trips, your children’s practices, your children’s rehearsals and other weekly activity to make sure you maximize your own time and avoid burnout. 
Make lists or keep a schedule on the fridge that has information about who is going to be where and when. Making schedules can reduce stress, and schedules offer a way for parents to quickly look up what they’re doing so they don’t forget anything.
Having everything organized and everyone’s schedule in one place can make school days easier for the whole family.

4. Make sure your children get their school physicals

If your child is playing fall sports, make sure they get their sports physicals. If they’re going to a new school, get them a checkup and make sure their immunization records are up to date. SIMED First Care offers back to school and sports physicals.

5. Remind your children about common risks

Make sure your children know to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands.  This could help them avoid diseases.
Children should understand that they need to wash their hands after using the restroom and before and after eating if they show any symptoms or signs of infection. Children should also be careful to wash their hands after gym class. 
It’s useful to buy your child a small bottle of portable hand sanitizer they can use in emergencies.
When children wash their hands make sure they know to use soap and water and wash for at least 30 seconds or however long it takes them to say the entire alphabet.
As the new school year approaches, it’s important for both parents and children to get into healthy habits. These tips will ensure you and your children are best prepared for staying healthy during the school year.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin, call 352-373-2340 or request an appointment online.
If your child needs back to school or sports physicals, call 352-373-2340 or request an appointment online.

Enter the SIMED Healthy Kids Coloring Contest

Balloons and Confetti on Flyer announcing the SIMED Healthy Kids Coloring Contest
It’s time to head back to school, and SIMED is thrilled to announce our 2017 Kids Coloring Contest for children 11 years old and under to promote healthy living. The theme is “I feel healthy when.” Children: draw or paint pictures of exercising, eating healthy, going to the doctor or whatever makes you feel healthy!

Your photo could be featured on SIMED’s website and social media, and two lucky children will win a $30 Target gift card.

SIMED Healthy Kids Contest Form

SIMED Healthy Kids Art Contest Flyer with Crayons, paper, children drawing and information

It’s easy to enter! Follow these three steps:

1. Pick up a drawing form at one of SIMED’s locations or download and print it out here: SIMED Healthy Kids Contest Form
2. Fill out the required information.
3. Have your child draw what makes them feel healthy, whether it’s exercising, eating healthy snacks, going to the doctor or more!

Parents, when your child is finished with their drawing, submit it easily with one of four options:

1. Drop it off at a SIMED office
2. Mail it in to Digital Marketing, 4343 Newberry Road, Suite 18, Gainesville, Florida, 32607
3. Email it to
4. Send it to us as a message on social media!

The deadline to enter is August 31st. Good luck!

Information for the adults:

Each Sunday, drawings submitted earlier in the week will be featured on our Facebook so make sure to follow us and share your child’s drawing to show support.
Children 11 years old and younger are eligible to enter.
There are two age groups:
Age group 1: Children 6 and under
Age group 2: Children 7 to 11
One child in each age group will be selected to take home the prize, a $30 Target gift card.
The deadline to enter the contest is August 31st, and the winners will be announced September 3rd.
The child must draw on the paper provided. Age will be taken into account when evaluating the drawings for skill and difficulty level. A team of unbiased staff will be selected to decide upon the winner.
Children can only submit one entry; however, there can be multiple submissions per family.
You do not have to be a SIMED patient to submit your child’s drawing for the contest; however, participants will need to pick up the prize at a SIMED location. Staff members are welcome to enter as well.
All information must be filled out to be eligible for the prize. The prize cannot be exchanged for its monetary value.
SIMED reserves the right to use all submitted drawings in promoting the practice. If cheating is suspected SIMED has the right to ask for proof of skill and ability.