Getting your kids ready to start the school year involves more than finding the perfect backpack, buying school supplies, and shopping for new clothes. It means safeguarding their health so they'll be physically ready for the challenges of heading back to school. "Every year we see a spike in colds and sore throats about three or four weeks after school starts," says Linda Mendonca, school nurse at Joseph Jenks Junior High in Pawtucket, RI. "That's when kids have gotten back together in close proximity and are sharing each other's germs. Consider these tips for a healthy start for your child's new school year.