Nurse Ruddy Speaks Out

CHS Fall Physicals (posted 6-15-14)

August 13 - 9:00 - 10:00 am
BAND, Girls Cross Country, Volleyball, Girls Swim, Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Cheerleading, Powder Puff

WhereCHS Nurse's Office (map)
DescriptionPhysicals for Grades 9, 11 and 12. Grade 10 physical is done by personal physician and is state mandated. BE SURE TO PICK UP A RECEIPT FROM NURSE RUDDY UPON TURNING IN COMPLETED PHYSICAL. Receipt is to be given to coach or band director.
August 14 - 9:00 - 10:00 am
Football, Boy's Soccer, Boy's Cross Country
WhenThu, August 14, 9am – 10am
WhereCHS Nurse's Office (map)
DescriptionPhysicals for Grades 9, 11 and 12. Grade 10 physical is done by personal physician and is state mandated. BE SURE TO PICK UP A RECEIPT FROM NURSE RUDDY UPON TURNING IN COMPLETED PHYSICAL. Receipt is to be given to coach or band director.

FLU Season 2013-14 

During this time of the year keeping yourself healthy is so important. You can do this by remembering a few simple things:

Wash your hands often – we have hand foam sanitizers around the school. {Cafeterias,offices,library, computer labs and gyms} Please use them often.

This will keep the germs down on your hands if you don’t have access to soap and water.

Keep your hands away from your face at all times. Eyes, Nose, and mouth are entry points for germs.

No sharing of food and drinks whether you think you are healthy or not.

Getting plenty of rest and eating healthy foods will keep your immune system at its best.

Healthy foods include Fruits, dark green vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, and grain breads/rice. Don’t replace your milk intake with fruit juice or soda. You need strong bones to be active.

Getting plenty of the correct fluids at this time of the year is important also. Keep hydrated in school and at home.

Be aware of common Flu symptoms:

Sore throat
Runny nose
Body aches
Diarrhea and vomiting
Extreme tiredness.

Please stay home if you are having these symptoms along with a temperature. Do not come back until you are fever free for 24hours without Tylenol or Advil in your system.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the flu please contact me or your doctor.


DIABETES: A growing Epidemic in the United States 2012 (posted 2-16-12)

  Know the FACTS:

  • Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke

  •  Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the US
    Approximately 215,000 American under the age of 20 have diabetes

Factors that can lead to Diabetes:

  • Being overweight
  • Physical Inactivity
  • A Parent or other family member with diabetes
  • Birthing a baby nine pounds or larger/having gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure over 140/90
  • Low HDL cholesterol, High Triglycerides

Ways to Prevent Diabetes:

  • Early Detection- get screened at your doctor’s office
  • Modify your diet and be more physically fit

Symptoms of Diabetes include:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Extreme Hunger
  • Unusual Weight loss
  • Increased Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurry Vision

Choose to Eat Better by:

  • Balancing your calories, Enjoy your food and Avoid OVERSIZED portions.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Switch to fat free or 1% milk
  • Reduce Salt in your foods like can soups, lunch meat sandwiches, bread and frozen meals. Drink Water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Prepare your foods in Fun ways with chunks’ of fruits and fresh vegetables.

MOST IMPORTANT: Exercise every DAY.
Nurse Ruddy. Information taken from and

A Cold or the Flu? (posted 1-12-12)

Its that time of year again! It’s Cold and Flu season. Time to dodge 60 mph sneezes ! Watch out for viruses living from minutes up to 48 hrs on surfaces . People coughing and sneezing up to in 5 ft. in distance, and those viruses living, waiting for a new home. A human host home. You.
How to not become a victim of an invisible virus? Practice defense. By being proactive and practicing preventitive measures you may control your health this season. The Center for disease Control recommends the Flu vaccine for individuals with chronic illnesses including Asthma and Diabetes . Check with your physician if the Flu vaccine or mist is right for you. Get rest. Nothing weakens your immune system like being tired. If you’re tired so is your immune system. It will not defend you as responsively. Eat a well balanced diet with protein, fruits, and veggies. Our immune system is our army. Keep it well-nourished and rested. It’s a win win! Y Forou and your immune system. With so many more viruses lurking in Winter, frequent handwashing for 20 seconds. Whether you say your ABCs, count to 20, or sing Happy Birthday twice, wash with warm water and soap please. Hand gels are a good substitute if no water available. Wipe your keyboard and other frequently touched surfaces with a bleach based wipe . Also avoid touching your face this time of year. Use tissues and dispose properly. And lastly, cough into your arm/ elbow, not your hand. The hand is quite the culprit in spreading diseases unintentionally. Especially with all the handshaking done around the holidays, we don’t want to pass along anything but good cheer!
A special note of wisdom regarding athletes when ill. A recent convention given by the Director of the Yale Pediatric Emergency Department described what she referred to as “Sudden Collapse in Ill Athletes“ when playing. This phenomena results when an athlete has a virus and is fatigued and compromised. The bodies energy and resources are exhausted fighting in tandem with the immune system . When the athlete over exerts themselves, the body doesn’t have the resources ie. Oxygen and glucose to support the vital organs ie: heart, lungs fatiguing the athlete easier resulting in collapse.
Please speak with your coach and seek your physicians advise when ill in regards to playing.
When ill, keep your body hydrated . Water is best. Factors including fever, increased mucous production, breathing faster, nausea/ vomiting all promote fluid loss. A dehydrated body is weaker body with lower blood pressure, thicker mucous and loss of electrolytes. Keep fluids near!
Is it a Cold or the Flu ? Which is it? How do you tell the difference, and when to see your physician? By breaking down the symptoms can help determine what may ail you. Call your Physician for temperature greater than 100.5 for more than a day or two and for any other concerns. Especially severe headache . Do not return to school until you have been without a temperature for more than 24 hrs.
The Common Cold:

Usually the symptoms of the Common cold include:
Fatigue, runny nose, sneezing , sore throat, and a cough WITH mucous production
Not usual symptoms found with the common cold are:
Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting

The Flu:

Usually symptoms of the Flu include:
Fever, chills, headache, aches, nausea vomiting, a NON mucous production cough, chest discomfort
Less common symptoms of the Flu are:
Sorethroat, sneezing, runny nose
Frequently a sorethroat with fatigue, fever, and NO cough can warrant a Strep test.

After your physician makes your diagnosis, treatment can be determined. Decongestants , antihistamines, Tylenol, Motrin may be advised for a Cold. If Flu, anti viral and symptomatic treatment will be advised. Antibiotics for Strep.
Mrs Ruddy RN , Mrs Chong RN and all the nurses in the Health Office 

Dangers of ALCOHOL in TEENS
Alcohol is a complicated substance and it can affect a teen’s performance both on and off of the playing field. While it is absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, alcohol is metabolized very slowly. It can take up to48 hours for the liver to fully break down the alcohol- much longer than the feelings of intoxication. As long as it remains in the body, alcohol has many effects as a central nervous system depressant. Alcohol depresses our brain functions!
Due to alcohol:
Athletes will have altered balance, movement and coordination, decreased accuracy and lower reaction times. In a game every second counts; in an exam every detail matters. The dehydrating effects of alcohol lead to headaches, blurry eyesight, decreases endurance and interrupted sleep patterns.
Disrupted REM sleep cycles affect memory, motivation and mood turning teen into a forgetful, unfocused person with a BAD Attitude. When the abilities to learn and retain new information are impaired, a teen will have less recall of new coursework or game strategies. Alcohol can also lead to increased swelling and recovery times for injuries by increasing blood flow to the area. This could mean less time on the field. Success on the playing field and in the classroom depends on focus, learning and performance, all of which can be altered by underage alcohol use.
Teens seldom are able to predict the consequences of their action into the future. They tend to think about the immediate, and prevention efforts should be aimed along those lines. It is beneficial for teens to know exactly what consequences there are for underage alcohol use. In CPS even a first offense is treated seriously with a 5-10 suspension form school and 3 week suspension from all extracurricular activities. Prohibited conduct includes possession of alcohol or even just knowingly being in the presence of others who are under the influence. Surveyed Cheshire teens felt that the most important factor to prevent kids from drinking was the possibility of being suspended or disciplined by coach. It is beneficial to keep open lines of communication with teachers and athletic coaches.
Think of the consequences before you take that first sip.
Nurse Ruddy