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Submitted by Julie Reed

You only have to watch the news or read a paper to see the effects of mental health illnesses on our young people. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24.

The fact is that 1 in 5 children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental illness. If you put together the other statistic that a whopping 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness, this should cause everyone to stand up and realize the problems that are students are facing. Another statistic that is very disturbing by the NAMH is that there is an 8-10 year average delay in treatment between the first symptoms and intervention. This alarming statistic could be in part due to a lack of education about mental health, lack of financial resources, a lack of knowledge on where to get help and mental health issues with the adults in the home, as well.

Mental Health in children can be hard for parents to identify and although children can develop the same mental illnesses as adults, their symptoms may be different. Some of the warning signs to look for are:

• Mood changes: feelings of sadness or withdrawal that lasts at least two weeks.
• Intense feelings: feelings of overwhelming fear with no reason- sometimes manifest physical symptoms such as a racing heart or fast breathing.
• Behavior changes: drastic change in personality, dangerous, out of control behavior, voicing a desire to hurt others.
• Difficulty concentrating: inability to sit still in class, poor performance in school.
• Unexplained weight loss: unexplained loss of appetite, use of laxatives, throwing up.
• Physical symptoms: more complaints of stomachaches and headaches rather than sadness or anxiety.
• Physical harm: acts of self-harm such as cutting or burning, suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide.
• Substance abuse: kids use alcohol or drugs to cope with their feelings.

If you see any of the above warning signs in your child or something just seems off, please don’t delay in asking for help. Call your family doctor or get a referral to a mental health professional. Talk to your child’s school. Teachers, nurses, school counselors and mental health therapists have many resources available to them to get the help your child may desperately need. For more information on mental health in children visit www.nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and www.aacap.org (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).


References: Mental Illness in Children: knowing the signs-www.mayoclinic.org; Mental Health Facts: Children and teens- www.nami.org

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One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese!! Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease that were once seen only in adults.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. Warsaw Community Schools encourages your family to make healthy changes together. Try 5-2-1-0!

5   Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day! Serve them at every meal.

2   Limit screen time. Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV or playing video games) to less than 2 hours a day.

1   Get active outside. Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride or play at the park. One hour or more of physical activity every day.

0   No sugary drinks. Drink water, the best thirst quencher!


For more information visit  http://www.letsgo.org/


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submitted by Rachelle Himes

Allergy season is apon us. Although we may not see ragweed and grass in full bloom yet, they are lurking! 
One of the ways our allergies can be triggered is via the food we eat. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) occurs when we eat certain foods that have similar proteins as pollen. You may get an itchy mouth or throat after you eat certain fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Some common cross-reactive foods include: 
  • Birch pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
  • Grass pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato
  • Ragweed pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini
The reaction is usually mild and does not trigger anaphylaxis in most cases. If this reaction occurs it is best to avoid the food trigger, especially during high pollen season. 
You can reduce the chance of reaction by peeling the food, cooking the food or eating the food in a canned version. All of these techniques lessen the pollen like proteins on the food. 
Seek medical attention if the symptoms worsen or if you experience symptoms after eating the food cooked. 
To learn more about OAS (oral allergy syndrome) visit the Allergy Asthma Network website. http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org


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submitted by Sarah Garcia


Welcome back for a wonderful new 2017-2018 school year!

Your Warsaw School Nurses would like you to know that August is "Child Eye Health and Safety Month!"

According to Friends for Sight, it is estimated that 80% of classroom education is taught visually. That means that your child's eyesight is integral for success in school. The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to make sure your child has a comprehensive eye examination so he or she can see clearly. Blurry vision can adversely affect your child's performance on homework, standardized tests, grades, and athletics. It can also cause physical symptoms like headaches, cause frustration, and even lower self-esteem.

Help your child succeed in school, and get a jump-start on a wonderful school year, by getting a routine eye exam to make sure you know he or she can see clearly!


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The end of the school year is quickly approaching but don't forget about your student's medications. All medications should be picked up at your school's health room by the last day of school, May 31st.

Students in grades 9-12 may transport medications home provided the school nurse has written permission on file by the parent/guardian.

All other students in K-8 must have a parent/guardian or other designated person who is over 18 years old pick up the medication for transport home.

If your student will be attending summer school please contact the nurse and make arrangements to use their current supply of medicatio during the summer session.

Medications that are not pick up and are not being used during summer school will be discarded after May 31st.


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