Did you know that kids who wash their hands at least four times a day experience 24% fewer sick days due from colds, the flu, & similar illnesses and 51% fewer sick days due to stomach ailments? See Wil’e Wildcat’s handwashing tips. #HVBeHere
Germ hot spots in the home include phones, door handles, cabinet pulls, counters, tables, remote controls, refrigerator and microwave doors, light switches, toilet handles, computer keyboards, sponges and dish towels, kids toys, and faucets. If someone is sick, experts recommend daily disinfecting wipe downs of these areas. #HVBeHere
An estimated 60 million days of school and 50 million days of work are lost annually because of the common cold. #HVBeHere
As the winter season approaches, our elementary students will go outside for recess whenever weather permits. This means they will be outside when it’s cold. Be sure your child has his/her coat, hat, and gloves on wintry days. If you need assistance with winter apparel, please contact Bright Futures at firstname.lastname@example.org
The speed of a sneeze is over 100 miles per hour and that sneeze can spread 5000 droplets, containing 10,000 bacteria to a distance of 12 feet. To stop the spread of germs when sneezing or cough, you should cover your mouth with a tissue. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow. Be sure to wash your hands following a cough/sneeze. #HVBeHere
A line of 1000 germs can fit across the period at the end of this sentence. #HVBeHere
School-age children should get 60 minutes of exercise daily. Research shows that students who earn mostly A's are almost twice as likely to get regular physical activity than students who receive mostly D's and F's. #HVBeHere
According to the CDC, fewer than 7 out of 10 high school students receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. For the middle school students, ages 12 to 15, only about one-quarter (24.8%) achieve that recommended daily goal. #HVBeHere
Exercise can fall into three categories: endurance/aerobic, strength and flexibility. Examples of each include:
Endurance/aerobic - jogging, basketball, skating, soccer, swimming, tennis, walking
Strength - push-ups, crunches, pull-ups, climbing, wrestling, gymnastics
Flexibility - stretching, reaching
Children need between five and eight cups of water each day, but some children may be fine with less water, and children who are very active may need more. Your child may need more water during the day when it's hot outside or when he/she is sick or recovering from an illness. #HVBeHere
Some tips for encouraging your student to drink more water…
Fill reusable water bottles to bring in the car or on the go.
Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge.
Put a slice of orange, lemon or lime to add flavor. (Be careful with purchased flavored water … check the label to see what’s been added and how many calories it contains.)
If your children are involved in sports, insist on water and not “sports drinks;” they often contain sugar, sodium, calories and caffeine and other stimulants.
Dental Hygiene/Eye Care
Take the 5-day 2min2x text challenge with your kids! Go to http://2min2x.org to sign up. #HVBeHere
Brush, Book, Bed, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has a simple and clear message for parents:
Each night, help your children to brush their teeth.
Read a favorite book (or two)!
Get to bed at a regular time each night.
Having a predictable nighttime routine will help them understand and learn to expect what comes next. Additionally, routines may ease the stress that some families experience at nighttime. #HVBeHere
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 20% of kids between the ages of two and 19 have cavities that have not been treated. Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems; such as eating, speaking, playing, and learning. #HVBeHere
More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related problems. #HVBeHere
Eye exams at the optometrist are important even once your child starts school and has visual screenings. Visual screenings test for visual acuity (clarity and sharpness), but healthy eyes are about more than just 20-20 vision.Other areas of vision such as color vision or focus and tracking might present problems that aren’t tested for in visual screenings. #HVBeHere