Marilyn Brison, RN
"Healthy Bodies make Healthy Minds"
"The child who is unhealthy-physically, socially, emotionally, or mentally--Struggles to excel in school just as the child who is under prepared by education struggles to maintain health and well-being, often for years to come. Learning and health are symbiotic, with one serving and supporting the other.
FEBRUARY IS DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
There will be a dental health poster contest sponsored by the Allenstown PTO starting February 1st - 23rd. This years theme is "Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile". Drinks such as soda and sports drinks contain lots of sugar that can cause decay. Posters need to be the work of the student only. 1st prize is a check for $25.00, 2nd prize is $15.00 and 3rd prize is $10.00. All posters will be displayed on the 1st floor hallway.
A toothbrush trade-in will also take place where you bring in your old toothbrush in a zip lock bag and receive a new one.
A toothbrush needs to be replaced every 3 months, when bristles are frayed and after being sick.
February serves as a reminder to make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned and checked for any problems. Dental health is very important as the bacteria in your mouth can cause serious cardiac issues down the road. Brush and floss 2 times a day for a Healthy Smile:)
"GO RED" Wear Red for Women's CARDIAC HEALTH
February 3rd is Wear Red Day in support of Women's Heart Health. Know your numbers of your blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to Stroke, Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Kidney Disease and Vision Loss if left uncontrolled. According to the American Heart Association 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
www.SuperTracker.usda.gov Check out Super Tracker as it's a Free, interactive diet and activity tracking tool from the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
NEW YEAR and NEW CHANGES
To build a healthy eating style and stay within your calorie needs, choose foods and beverages with less added sugars. Added sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. This does not include natural sugars found in milk and fruits. Most of us eat and drink too many added sugars from the following foods:
*beverages, such as regular soft drinks, energy or sports drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea
*cookies and brownies
*pies and cobblers
*sweet rolls, pastries, and donuts
*ice cream and dairy desserts
*sugars, jams, syrups, and sweet toppings
Limit your intake of added sugars by:
*drinking water, unsweetened tea or coffee, or other calorie-free beverages instead of sodas or other sweetened beverages.
*choosing beverages, such as low-fat or fat-free mild and 100% fruit juice, that boost Dairy Group and Fruit Group intake to meet recommendations.
*making sweet desserts and snacks, such as cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream, a once-in-a-while treat and choosing a small portion when you enjoy them.
*choosing packaged foods that have less or no added sugars such as plain yogurt, unsweetened applesauce, or frozen fruit with no added sugar or syrup.
A reminder to make sure students wear a winter jacket, hat and mittens to school and when snowing wear boots. Please provide a change of footwear such as sneakers or shoes no slippers. Student go outside for recess and it does get windy outside. Fresh air and exercise are very important!
AHHHH a Good Night's Sleep! "Why do I have to go to bed?" Every kid asks that question-a lot. Sleeping is as important for good health as exercising and eating right. Your body is like a battery, which recharges itself while you sleep. If it does not rest and recharge itself, your body and brain will get worn out and will not work properly. When you do not get enough sleep for your body, you can't fight off germs, so you get sick more often. Your body's tissues don't grow or heal well. Your muscles are tired, so you can't run or play sports as well as you could. You can't think clearly or concentrate so you don't learn as well. You make more mistakes when you are tired. You become bad tempered and sad. All that sounds like a really tough day! How much sleep is enough to grow, heal, learn and be HAPPY and HEALTHY??? You need 9-10 hours of sleep every night.
NH continues to have the highest rates of Lyme Disease in the Nation and approximately 60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia Burgdorfen, the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. To prevent tickborne disease use Deet insect repellent, long pants and sleeves outdoors and daily tick checks followed by prompt removal of ticks. If you develop a bullseye red rash contact the doctor immediately for antibiotics.
There have been updates to the "Health and Wellness Policy" which were passed by the school board on 3/9/2015. Please view the complete policy on the web page. Some featured changes are regarding Food Sales at schools and school functions. Beverages sold on school property include: plain bottled water, low-fat or skim milk, 100% fruit/vegetable juice, light juices, low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk. Beverages not sold on school property include: soda, caffeinated drinks(coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea), sport drinks, lemonade, and punch.
5-2-1-0 Do you know what these numbers stand for? 5-Eat 5 Servings of fruits and vegetables every day! 2-Cut screen time to 2 Hours-OR Less each day! 1-Get Active for atleast one hour every day! 0-Eliminate Sugar Sweetened Drinks! Eat Smart-Get Out -Be Active and you'll feel better!
What are the symptoms of Enterovirus D68? Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneeezing,cough and body and muscle aches. Sever symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.
How does the Enterovirus Spread? The Enterovirus D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person's respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus or sputum. It likely spreads from person to person when and infected person coughs, sneezes or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
What are the Treatments? There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68. Talk to your child's doctor about the best way to control his or her symptoms. Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized. There are no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected.
How can I protect myself? Wash hands often with soap and water frequently. Avoid touching eyes nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick. Cover your coughs and sneezes into your elbow not your hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Please be aware that at school the teacher's are instructed to wipe down desks, keyboards and doorknobs. Our custodian will wipe down the stair railings to assist in prevention of spreading virus's.
When calling in your child sick please let us know if they have a fever of 100 Degrees F or more. A report is filed with the State of NH daily to monitor outbreaks of influenza in our region. A child needs to stay home for 24 hours fever free without the use of tylenol before returning to school.
Action for Healthy Kids
1) Set attainable goals by setting short-term ones that the entire family can reach. Focus on one good habit at a time.
2) Stop the Clean Plate Club. Don't focus on a clean plate; the meal is done when the belly tells the brain it is full.
3) Parents are Role Models. If you want your kids to eat healthy, you need to set a good example and they will follow.
4) Provide a variety of low-fat, and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
5) Get their hands dirty and Involve kids in food planning, selection, preparation, and cooking.
6) Encourage activity after dinner. Allow no more that 2hrs. a day for television, computer, video games, and movies.
www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dhhs/cdc/flu.htm To prevent the spread of flu always wash your hands. People should cough or sneeze into their elbow. Stay home with a fever,chills, and body aches. Students need to stay home 24 hours fever free without the usage of tylenol or other fever reducing medicine before returning to school. Above all the number one thing is to WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water for prevention of the spread of germs.
Healthier food choices are raw vegetables with low-fat dressing, 100% fruit juice, water, 1% milk, dried fruit-raisins, banana chips, fresh fruit, low-fat pretzels, popcorn, granola bars, rice cakes, low-fat pudding cups, etc. Put these items on your grocery list and pack them daily for snack time at school. Your children will enjoy them.
Don't forget to exercise and keep that body moving too! It's important to eat right and to exercise to keep healthy!
Children learn through your example so try to exercise as a family. Go walking together daily, ride a bike, shoot some hoops in the driveway, jump rope, kick a ball, swim, ice skate, ski, sledding, etc. Limit television and computer time as sitting doesn't burn many calories. Eat meals around a table and eat slowly to enjoy mealtime. If you sit in front of the television you are apt to eat fast and ingest more food that is necessary.
Make changes now for a healthier you and you'll look and feel better!