Staying Healthy Everyday

by Lisa Smith, RN, School Nurse

February recognizes Heart Health month.  Keeping our entire body healthy is the basic foundation. I wanted to touch upon a few topics that I remind the students to practice each and every day!

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Healthy Eating. Make sure your child eats breakfast every day.  It really is the most important meal and “fuels the body” for the day. Healthy snacks for school allow children to refuel, to maintain energy and focus on academics.  Our bodies are made up of about 70% water, so it is important for children to drink water for their bodies to function properly instead of high sugary drinks.

Rest/Sleep.  Between the ages of 5 and 12, children need about 10 to 11 hours per sleep. Sleep is essential to a child’s health and growth.  It promotes alertness, memory and performance.

Hygiene: Children should be bushing their teeth twice a day and visiting their dentist every 6 months for checkups.  Regular dental visits can help spot oral health problems early on and it is an important part of overall health.

The most effective way to prevent illness is washing hands; before eating, after outside play, after the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing or touching eyes, nose, or mouth.  It’s simple, soap & water and rub them together!

For more on these topics as well as other great health topics visit:

Wishing you good health!

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