Why is Nutrition Important?
Good nutrition can help children do better in school, give energy to play outside, help prevent sickness and reduce chronic illness.
Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) Family Nutrition Program supports good nutrition, starting in your home. They have a nutrition specialist who provides free, individualized support for income –eligible families. The program help families with : setting healthy goals and reach them, learn new skills to better your family health, include healthy foods in meals and snacks, connect with other nutrition resource in San Diego, Involving children in choosing food , Equip parents to be positive role models with eating choices.
- Complete a screening interview about your family’s nutrition
- Have a desire to learn about healthy eating
- Be ready to learn new skills and have fun.
- For more information about the Program, call their office number at (858) 715-5515.
What is Health?
Health is a state of complete Physical, Mental and Social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (By: World Health Organization)
A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process. The school nurse not only provides for the safety and care of students and staff but also addresses the need for integrating health solutions into the education setting (NASN, 2010).
Over The Counter Medication (OTC medications)
The goal of providing OTC medications by school nurses to students is to keep them in school when they are suffering from minor complaints.
When a student has used an OTC medication more than very episodically, further administration of this medication requires a medical referral to determine causes for underlying chronic or recurrent symptoms. Further administration also requires a physician’s note, which serves as a “prescription” for the non- prescription medication. Parents become responsible for supplying the medication.
OTC medication consent form is available at nurse’s office. Your school nurse will discuss consent form with parent who is interested and agrees for school nurse to administer the OTC medication.
Information about this topic are retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. People who have certain medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lunch disease are at high risk to develop complications when they get the flu. CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against influenza as soon as the flu season vaccine becomes available in their community. Influenza season are unpredictable, and can begin as early as October.
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the US in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
Where can I get a flu vaccine?
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments and pharmacies. Even if you don’t have a regular doctor, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy and urgent care clinic.
For Facts and Myths about Flu, please visit www. cdc.gov/flu.