• Concussion

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 1/29/2020
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  • Childhood Obesity On The Rise!!!

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 1/22/2020 3:25:00 PM

    Childhood Obesity On The Rise!!


    Tips for Parents–Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight

    You have probably read about it in newspapers and seen it on the news: in the United States, the number of children with obesity has continued to rise over the past two decades.

    Why Childhood Obesity Is Considered a Health Problem?

    • Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. The effects of this can last into adulthood.
    • Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes.
    • Type 2 diabetes is increasingly being reported among children who are overweight. Onset of diabetes in children can lead to heart disease and kidney failure.
    • Children with obesity also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, almost 60% of children who were overweight had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and 25% had two or more CVD risk factors.
    • Children with obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems. Adult obesity is associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancers.


    What Can I Do As a Parent or Guardian to Help Prevent Childhood Overweight and Obesity?

    • To help your child maintain a healthy weight, balance the calories your child consumes from foods and beverages with the calories your child uses through physical activity and normal growth.
    • Remember that the goal for children who are overweight is to reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Children should NOT be placed on a weight reduction diet without the consultation of a health care provider.

    Balancing Calories: Help Kids Develop Healthy Eating Habits

    • One part of balancing calories is to eat foods that provide adequate nutrition and an appropriate number of calories. You can help children learn to be aware of what they eat by developing healthy eating habits, looking for ways to make favorite dishes healthier, and reducing calorie-rich temptations.

    Encourage healthy eating habits.

    To help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:

    • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
    • Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
    • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
    • Serve reasonably sized portions.
    • Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
    • Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
    • Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.

    Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success!



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  • Cuts and Puncture Wounds

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 1/9/2020
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  • Sleep-The New Component for A Healthier You

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 12/19/2019
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  • Motrin & Tylenol

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 12/19/2019

    Motrin and Tylenol are over the counter medications, but they must be used just as judiciously and cautiously as prescription medication.

    If your child needs motrin or tylenol as fever reducer, they also need rest, sleep, plenty of fluids and a light nutritious diet.

    They also need to be monitored and may need to be evaluated by a pediatrician.

    It is unsafe to administer fever reducers and send your child to school.

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  • Injuries

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 11/30/2018 7:30:00 AM


    Children are active and enthusiastic by nature. They love playing and also involved in sports, dance, martial arts and many other activities. So it is not unusual to sustain some form of injury at home or in school.

    It is good to apply cold compress immediately and also continue intermittent cold compresses for the 1st 24 hours and rest or avoid putting too much strain to the affected part. 

    If pain or swelling does not subside, please seek medical advice and send a note to the Health Office. Do not send students to school with ace wraps, splints, boots or other devices to support an injured part without a Dr's note. This note will state if the student can participate in full activity or requires restriction from gym, writing, early or late arrival and early dismissals. It should also state the type of medical device that is being used.

    If there are sutures/stitches, there should be a note for restricting gym and recess.

    The child will then need further evaluation to be cleared for all activity.

    Please note that children are not allowed to walk around with crutches for the safety of the student and other children. The Health Office will provide wheelchair for school use.

    Dr's note must be provided on the first day the student returns to school.







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  • Lyme Disease

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 6/5/2018
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  • Healthy Summer Tips

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 5/31/2018
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  • What Can Parents Do

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 3/18/2018

    Key Actions For Parents

    • Bring your voice and expertise to help with school health activities in your child's school.

    • Help your school put into action the local school wellness policy or other school board policies.

    • Ask the school to provide educational opportunities for parents.

    • Join a school group that addresses a healthy school environment.

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  • Coxsackie Virus

    Posted by Anney Johnson on 12/13/2017
    1. Hand Foot Mouth Disease[HFMD] or Coxsackie  is easily spread to others.
    2. However, most often, it's a mild and harmless illness
    3. After contact with HFMD, children come down with symptoms in 3-6 days.
    4. Can return to child care or school after the fever is gone. 
    5. Children with widespread blisters may need to stay home until the blisters dry up.

    Infectious virus can be found in feces, saliva, fluid in blisters, and nasal secretions. Even patients who have recovered and have no symptoms may still shed infectious virus for weeks.

    Prevention of coxsackievirus infections is difficult but possible.

    With children, keeping strict hygienic precautions is almost impossible, but good practices such as Hand washing, is the best prevention technique. 


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