Here are a few important reminders from the Health Office:
I am eagerly looking forward to a great 2012-2013 school year at Pleasant Valley School!
A school age child requires 10-11 hours of sleep per night.
A child that does not get enough sleep can be very fussy, irritable and aggressive and may not be able to learn or play well.
Your brain needs sleep so you can remember what you learn, pay attention and concentrate at school. Your body needs sleep so your muscles and bones can grow.
Therefore, we need sleep to keep us healthy, happy and doing our best!
Starting your child off with a HEALTHY BREAKFAST provides the fuel your child needs to get through the day. Any breakfast is better than no breakfast but do try to avoid foods high in calories, sugar and fat, like doughnuts and pastries. Remember, overweight children are more likely to develop serious health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Some healthy breakfasts are eggs, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals and waffles, cold cereal and oatmeal. Try bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter. Fruit is also good added with some protein. How about a banana with peanut butter or a breakfast taco? Put some shredded cheese on a tortilla and fold it in half and top it with salsa. Dont forget the old standbys are great too like a peanut butter sandwich or grilled cheese. Leftovers from a healthy dinner the night before can also be reheated for breakfast.
Even if you or your child oversleeps you can have bags of trail mix premade and grab some on the way out the door. Trail mix can consist of dried fruit, pretzels and crackers, dried cereal, nuts and sunflower seeds.
So, start tonight and make sure your child sleeps 10-11 hours and in the morning make sure he doesnt run out the door on an empty stomach. Have him fuel up with a healthy breakfast or hand him the trail mix to go, ensuring you have done your part in helping him be successful in school.
Immunizations are the best way to prevent the spread of the flu. BUT, there are still many other things we can do as adults and children to prevent germs from spreading.
Hand washing with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent flu from spreading. Wash hands for 15-20 seconds (long enough to sing the Happy Birthday song). Alcohol based hand rubs may also be used to wash hands when soap and water are not available. There are hand sanitizers in every classroom at Pleasant Valley.
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or the corner of your arm when you are coughing or sneezing also helps to prevent the spread of germs.
Also, sick students and staff should stay home for 24 hours after being fever free.
Contact your local doctor or the PV health office and I will be glad to assist you in finding a flu clinic.
Stay warm and healthy as the weather begins to turn cold!