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submitted by Lisa Secrist

National Sunday Supper Month is an annual designation observed in January. The Sunday supper was once an opportunity after a hectic week for families to gather around the supper table to spend time together and share stories about their week. These days families are busy with after school activities, jobs and homework. Sunday supper has been a disappearing tradition around the country and the Sunday Supper Movement aims to bring families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table one Sunday at a time. If you are finding it difficult to get together with your family at the dinner table, here is a little inspiration:

OBSERVE
Gather with family or friends & prepare a meal together
Savor each other’s company around the supper table
TURN PHONES OFF! And the TV, too! NO electronic devices allowed at the table!

MAKE IT FUN
Theme nights – try a theme night – try a taco bar, pasta night, or make your own pizzas – the possibilities are endless. It is also a great time to try out that new recipe.
Invite friends or family – reconnect with friends and family by sharing a meal with them. Make it a potluck and play some games.
Make it a moveable feast. Do a tailgate. Go on a picnic or eat in the backyard. Move the meal to Grandma’s house every now and then. What’s important is that your family is together.
Use conversation starters – talk about the best part of your day, where you would like to go on a vacation, or your most embarrassing moment. The most important thing is to interact with those sitting with you.

BENEFITS
Promotes healthier eating
Cheaper than eating out – save money by cooking your own meals
You control your portions – the average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal.
Allows a family to focus on each other and to enjoy face to face interaction

Empower your family by nurturing them around the family table. Making a vow to eat together on Sunday evenings. Who knows? That may soon grow into more family meals shared with the ones you love.


www.sundaysuppermovement.com

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submitted by Leigh Cox


What is the Flu?
Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract that can lead to serious complications including pneumonia and the worsening of other chronic health conditions.

How does the Flu spread?
The flu spreads through droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. It can also spread by touching surfaces with the flu virus on it.

What are symptoms of the Flu?
Fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

How can I protect myself from the Flu?
The best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. The CDC recommends flu vaccines for all children older than 6 months.

How can I prevent the spread of the Flu?
• Wash hands often throughout the day with soap and water for 20 seconds
• Use a tissue, or your elbow to cover coughs and sneezes, not your hand
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands
• Avoid other sick people and stay home from work or school if you are sick
• Disinfect home surfaces and toys to reduce germs

If you have these symptoms, go to the doctor right away:
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish or gray skin color
• Not making as much urine as you normally do
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Not waking up or interacting as usual
• Worsening fever or cough

Follow good health guidelines: eat healthy foods, drink water, exercise and get plenty of sleep to help boost your immunity to fight the effects of colds and flu.
Disinfect the most contaminated areas of the home or school: Phones, doorknobs, light switches, faucets, remotes, keyboards


References:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm
http://www.flufacts.com/index.jsp
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/fluandyou_upright.pdf




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submitted by Joan Wells

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Be watchful for the signs of diabetes.

Common warnings signs of diabetes include:
Increased thirst.
Increased hunger (especially after eating)
Dry mouth.
Frequent urination or urine infections.
Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
Blurred vision.
Headaches.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.

https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/NovemberToolkit.aspx 




Healthy breakfast. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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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

Sad teenage girl. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2 Mar 2017.
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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/


This graphic is adopted from Let’s Go! www.letsgo.org.

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