Healthy Schools website

The CDC has launched a new Healthy Schools website which provides a host of information and tools for teachers, parents, and students on school nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases in schools, and more. AFHK actively partnered with the CDC to provide resources for the site specifically related to Health & Academics, Parent Engagement and Local School Wellness Policy.

(*AFHK - Action For Healthy Kids)

What is 5-2-1-0 ?

5-2-1-0 provides children and families with a road map to healthy habits each and every day. Take the challenge to practice 5-2-1-0 every day!!

5 - Eat frutils and veggies at least 5 times a day.
2 - Less than 2 hours of screen time per day. Less is BEST!
1 - At least 1 hour of physical activity daily.
0 - Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks (artificial sweetners included) Try low-fat milk or water instead.

Food Allergy Update

We now have five (5) students in grades kindergarten thru third grade with severe nut/tree nut & seed allergies. Due to the potential for severe allergic reaction, peanuts, tree nuts, nut butter, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and chick peas will not be allowed in those classrooms and during the first lunch. This includes but is not limited to: peanuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias, chick peas, and candy such as Reese's, Snickers, and candy corn. Please be mindful to read labels and not allow foods labeled "May contain nuts" or "may have been processed in facility where nuts are processed" to come to school. Please keep these snacks at home.
Please take special care that when your child has nut products at home in the morning that their hands and faces are washed well.
Cafe Services is onboard with our policy and everything they offer our students is Nut, Peanut, and Seed free. We will all do our best to help you and your child find nut-free alternatives.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, April 26th from 10-2 pm at two Brattleboro locations: Brattleboro Police Department and at the Vermont State Police Barracks in West Brattleboro.

Community Conversation Preventing Teen Rx Misuse
For Teens and Adult Mentors
If you are a teen or an adult mentor (parent, relative, school staff, coach, youth leader), please come join a World Cafe styled community conversation to explore and discuss social norms and perception of harm of prescription drug misuse among teens.
Hosted by Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition and ATI 802
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6 - 8pm at Brattleboro Union High School Multi-purpose Room (enter from the side door by the track) Dinner is included.
RSVP preferred 257-2175
The dreaded topic!!
Any time children come together, particularly school, dance groups, or sleepovers, detected head lice cases commonly increase. Direct, physical, head-to-head contact is the usual method of transmission. Lice do not jump or fly. They survive only for a short time away from the human head and have difficulty crawling or clinging to smooth surfaces.
Check you child's head weekly for lice and/or nits (eggs). Mature lice, which are no bigger than a sesame seed, avoid light and are hard to see. Lice eggs or "nits" are usually found close to the scalp - usually within one quarter inch. They appear as tiny whitish/brown ovals that are "glued" to the hair shaft. They cannot easily be flicked away as dandruff can. Head lice do not transmit disease and are not a serious medical condition. They cannot survive on your pets.
If you find head lice on your child, please notify the school and treat him/her with lice shampoo following the package instructions. A second treatment may be required in seven to ten days. Launder all bedding, coats, and hats. If your child sleeps with stuffed animals or keeps them on their bed put them in a garbage bag and keep it tied  for seven days. Continue to examine the child and all family members for three weeks and treat only if live lice are found.
Mayonaise can also be used. Coat the hair with mayonaise, cover head(head only/avoid the face) with shower cap or saran wrap, leave on hair at least three (3) hours, comb through, wash hair, comb again. Repeat once per week.
To remove nits - apply vinegar to hair, leave on ten (10) minutes or more, comb hair with nit comb. The vinegar loosens the adhesive that attaches them to the hair shaft.

Medicine Cabinet Management

Safety First!
 First and foremost, all medicines should be stored safely out of the reach of children in child-resistant containers.
Over time, drugs lose potency. Generally the farther out from the manufacturing date the less potent a drug is. Prescriptions come labeled with an expiration date.
Throw away:
 * All expried medicines
 * Any medicine to which you have had an adverse reaction
 * Any unidentifiable medicine
 * "Orphan" pills or tablets
 * Old mixes of multiple pills in the same bottle
 * Empty &/or expired inhalers

Health Office Trivia

Did you know that your digestive system starts working even before you take your first bite of food? The sight and smell of the food makes special glands in your mouth produce saliva or spit.

* An average adult needs between 1,300 and 1,600 calories a day: growing kids ages 7 to 10 need an average of 2,400 . Boys ages 11 to 14 need 2,700 and girls that age need 2,200.

* A meal takes between 12 to 15 hours to go through the whole digestive system.