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Health and Wellness

 

Our students will spend over 1,000 hours in school this year. Let's make these hours count. 

Our Health and Wellness team is here to help students and parents make smart choices when it comes to their health

* Promote healthy meals at school and home

*  Advocate for physical education and physical activity

*  Inspire nutrition education

*  Hydrate our bodies with fresh water and low fat milk  

 

Boosting Your Family's Immunity

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," said Hippocrates. As the cold and flu season approaches, focus on eating healthy to keep infections at bay.

Vitamin A regulates the immune system and protects from infections by keeping skin and tissue healthy. Vitamin A rich foods include tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, peppers, and egg yolks. It's also found in orange fruit like apricots and peaches.

Vitamin C protects us from infections and stimulates the production of antibodies. Peppers, strawberries, kiwi, citrus fruit and tomatoes are great sources of this vitamin.

Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals. Seeds, nuts, nut butters and spinach are good sources.

Zinc helps the immune system too and aids in wound-healing. Zinc can be found in lean meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, whole grain products, beans, nuts and seeds.

So many of us are low or even deficient in Vitamin D. Get your levels checked and see if supplementation is necessary. Vitamin D plays an important role in the function of our immune system.

Probiotics promote gut health and strengthens the immune system too. Sauerkraut, kimchi, and yogurt are good food sources.

Turn to your spice drawer

Feeling a cold coming on? Head it off with this immune boosting broth. Boil a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger, 1 smashed garlic clove, and a pinch of turmeric (dried or grated fresh) in a cup of water and sip.

Physical Activity Tips- From Let's Move Active Schools

3 Tips to Kick off an Active School Year:

Make the new school year a slam dunk by creating activity-infused classrooms. Short physical activity breaks at the beginning or in the middle of class can energize and re-focus both students and teachers. Here are some tips to make these breaks a success:
 

  1. Safety first. Survey the area for hazards to ensure safe movement.

  2. Designate a signal or sign that can refocus and "freeze" students quickly when you need to speak or end the activity.

  3. Model enthusiasm for physical activity, and assume all students - regardless of age or ability - can and want to be active. Inclusivity is the key to success!

The Brain Break program from SPARK is a perfect way to making learning active and fun.  Click here for free program cards to print off and share:  11-2527_FitnessStationCards.pdf

UNDERSTANDING PORTION SIZES

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the portions our kids are eating are the right serving size for their nutritional needs.  Portion sizes have increased drastically over the years, contributing to the rising childhood obesity rate.

Understanding healthy portions can be hard. Here’s why:   

  • Many of us don’t know what a healthy portion is.

  • Restaurants offer extras like breads, chips and other appetizers that add extra calories, sodium and fat but lack any nutritional benefit.

  • Some meals have portions that are enough for two or more people.

  • Many convenience foods and drinks are priced lower but packaged in larger sizes to sell more.

  • Handout 7 Understanding Portion Sizes.docx

Mindfulness: Youth Voices
Health and Wellness isn't just about physical wellness. Our students' mental wellness is a priority for our team.