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    Health Tips, Recipes, Mind Matters, Daily Doses, Etc.

    This page will be updated frequently in an effort
                                        to give you something relevant to making your life a little healthier. 
    It may be a health tip, a healthy recipe,
    something to relieve stress, 
    a story that makes you feel good,or an update to health issues 
    that affect you and your family.
     Please check back often for new and varied sources of health promotion. 
     
     AND ALWAYS...HAVE A HEALTHY  DAY or NOT...THE CHOICE IS YOURS.
     
     
     
    May you and yours always have a reason for daily gratitude as blessings abound all around you.
     
     
    HEALTH ALERT from the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Health and Human Services:
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parents often have questions regarding when to keep children at home and when to allow them to return to school after illness. The Center for Disease Control has guidelines that MISD has adopted as their Policy on Illness.
    Please read over the following: MISD School Policy on Illness
     
     
    HEALTH TIPS:

    Things you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick:

    ---Periodically washing your hands throughout the day, especially after touching

    high contact areas such as keyboards, doorknobs and public phones. Use instant

    hand sanitizers if soap and water is not readily available.

    --Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as cold viruses have a better chance

    of spreading from your hands to these areas and into your system

    --Getting plenty of rest

    --Healthier eating including fruit, vegetables, adequate amounts of water, salmon

    (has healthy omega-3 fatty acids), yogurt, others

    --Minimizing exposure to crowded areas during the cold and flu season

    --Avoiding exposure to substances that may impair your respiratory defenses,

    such as secondhand or environmental tobacco smoke

    --Avoid using the same towels or eating utensils as someone who has a cold

    --Regular exercise to rev-up the immune system

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    HAVE YOU NOTICED AN INCREASE IN BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS??? 
     
     It may be due to a change in routine from the extended break, weather-related  causes ofdecrease

    outdoor activities and expending of energy, or problems at home or school. 

    Don't rush to punish. Every child has a cup that needs to be filled

    -- and refilled -- with love, attention, affection, and respect. A rough day, a big frustration,

    or a harsh word empties the cup. If your child is acting up, give him a hug, listen to him,

    and spend time together. He'll be more cooperative, and you'll both feel closer.

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    Healthy Snack Recipes: Great for anyone, even someone diagnosed with diabetes.   
     
     
     
     
     
     
    A helpful kit for kids by the American Red Cross...  
     
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    BREAKFAST...WHO NEEDS IT....YOU DO!!!!!
     
     
     It is tempting to skimp on breakfast, but this is one of the most important steps to starting your day. Studies show that
    eating a healthy breakfast keeps brainsbrain  and bodies working better.  In fact, children who eat properly in the morning have been proven to do better in school.  To make sure breakfast doesn't get short-changed, minimize the morning rush.  
    Start by preparing the night before.  Double-check alarm clocks, pick out clothing, pack up school work and place it near the door, and get showers and baths done in the evening. It is hard to convince your child that breakfast is important if you're always skipping it.
    So, join in and eat together.  
     
    Kids who eat a good breakfast are able to:
         Concentrate better
         Work faster
         Make fewer mistakes 
         Be more creative
         Score higher on tests
         Have more energy for school and sports
          
     Start the morning right by eating a healthy breakfast!!!
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     Remember to practice good hand-washing
    as it is the
    BEST defense against germs and illness.
    YOU NEVER KNOW WHOO MIGHT BE CONTAGIOUS! 
     
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    New Information--please read:  Texas Administrative Code

    Regarding Notifiable Conditions and School Exclusion Criteria

     MISD School Policy on Illness    pointer
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    Vision and Hearing screens are conducted on grades PreK, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th as per Texas state requirements.  If your child fails the screening they will be re-screened as per protocol and if fail the re-screen, you will be sent a referral notice to take your child for professional evaluation.  School screenings are very basic and do not screen for all potential problems of a professional examination.  If you notice any problems with your child's vision or hearing, please let me know and I can screen them with the limited equipment available, but you may still need to have them assessed by a professional who has many different types of equipment to thoroughly assess the potential problems.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email brandi.richardson@muensterisd.org. Thank you.
     
     
     
    Allergy season is upon us and we are seeing many staff and students with itchy and watery eyes, nasal and sinus congestion, wheezing and sore throats.  If your student needs to take medications during the day to keep symptoms under control, please send a note, the medication in the original container and instructions for administration. If the medication is a prescription, a  medication permission form must be signed by the prescribing professional.
     
     
    ALL MEDICATIONS NEED TO BE KEPT IN THE
    HEALTH OFFICE
    EXCEPT FOR INHALERS AND EPI-PENS 
    THAT HAVE
    PHYSICIAN WRITTEN PERMISSION 
    AND RX. FOR STUDENT TO CARRY AND SELF-ADMINISTER.
     
     
     
    If you have a fever of 100.0 degrees or more, you will need to stay at home 
    until the fever subsides
    for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
     ie, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc. 
    The same goes  for vomiting; you need to stay at home for 24 hours after the last time you vomited.
     
    what's New
     
    Respiratory symptoms and Sinusitis are common
    this time of year, especially with the frequent
    change in weather temperature, humidity and the resultant pollens that accompany 
    those changes.
    Also with the use of central air in homes, school and workplace, our respiratory 
    tracts are subject to drying out.  Therefore it is necessary to drink more WATER 
    to keep mucus membranes moist and less susceptible to the elements that cause 
    symptoms and infections.
    It would be wise to review how to tell if you have a
    Cold or the Flu:
     
     
    Another culprit in the cause of respiratory irritations is exposure to scents. 
    This time of year we often bring
    live blooms indoors for decoration,
    burn scented candles or are exposed to freshly mowed grass.
     If you notice an increase in respiratory symptoms,
    be aware that these might be the CAUSE OF ALLERGY SYMPTOMS.
     

     

     

    If you have concerns or questions regarding health-related
    topics, please feel free to send me an email and I can respond
    to you personally.         
     
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    brandi.richardson@muensterisd.org

     

     
     

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Last Modified on August 15, 2019