The right food choices can help students learn better as they attend class, either online or in person. Nutrition provides fuel – and can give students an important advantage now and in the future.

The connection between nutrition and learning starts with a balanced diet – including protein, fat, complex carbohydrates and fiber. With this diet, children will get vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that benefit the brain, concentration and other functions. Children who don’t have this type of diet can find it harder to fulfill their potential. For example, an iron deficiency can reduce a student’s ability to process information. Good nutrition also means kids likely will have fewer absences, and they’re more likely to channel their energy into learning and behaving better.

The good news is that there are many healthy – and tasty – food choices that help ensure good nutrition. Bananas, melons and oranges, for example, provide potassium, which provides many benefits. Other good options are:

  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean proteins such as chicken, fish, nuts and eggs.
  • Kids’ favorites, like sweets, are OK, too, but in moderation.

Good nutrition is just one component of ensuring consistent health for your kids. It’s also important to prioritize their health by seeking care immediately if they have symptoms or concerns; keep doctors’ appointments; and get care quickly in emergencies.

Keeping You Safe During Your Visit

When you seek care, you can be confident that Garnet Health continues to proactively take several steps to keep you and your family safe from coronavirus during visits to our offices and hospitals. We’re open as always and ready to care for you, whether you’re a new or established patient who needs a test, procedure, doctor’s visit or urgent care. Our skilled, compassionate providers are highly trained on how to proactively protect patients.

Our extensive precautions include masks required for everyone. Temperatures are taken using no-contact thermometers when a patient enters. We also check outpatients for COVID-19 symptoms, and patients having an invasive procedure are tested. Registration and waiting areas use social distancing. Many of our facilities have erected plastic shielding in key areas, and patient appointments are staggered to minimize foot traffic. These steps are complemented by aggressive cleaning and sanitizing, including using specialized ultraviolet lights that sanitize patient rooms.

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Schedule a Telehealth Appointment

Telehealth visits are also available. Telehealth is an easy, convenient way to talk to your doctor via a phone call or live video. This means you don’t have to leave your home – and that you can receive care from anywhere. Most insurance plans cover Telehealth, so don’t delay your medical needs or ignore symptoms that you would typically visit or call your doctor about.

To set up a Telehealth or in-person appointment, call (845) 333-7575. To learn more about primary care provided by Garnet Health Doctors, visit or call our Bethel location at (845) 583-5620, the Callicoon location at (845) 887-5693, the Harris location at (845) 794-5335, the Liberty location, featuring pediatric care, at (845) 292-6684, our Livingston Manor location at (845) 439-3579, the Middletown location at (845) 333-7575, the Monroe location at (845) 333-7830 or the Monticello location at (845) 333-6500.

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Anjana Poonthota, MD, MPH, FAAP
By Anjana Poonthota, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist, Garnet Health Doctors - Medical Director of Women and Children’s Services, Garnet Health

Dr. Poonthota is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Hospitalist for Garnet Health Doctors, and Medical Director of Women and Children’s Services at Garnet Health. She received her Medical Degree from Guntur Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, in India. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at Albany Medical Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology and is currently pursuing an MBA Degree.

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