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Over 50-60 million people are living with allergies in the United States.
  • The top 8 allergens are grasses, ragweed, cats, food, house dust mites, birch, dogs, and venom.
  • Triggers for allergies can be manifested in respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes, and shortness of breath. They can also be skin or stomach related.
  • Talk with your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms. Keep a log, as this may help in making a diagnosis.
  • If your allergies seem to be bad during this season, keep your windows closed to reduce pollen coming in to your home. Change your air filter frequently and wash bed linens and pillowcases in hot water on a regular basis. 
  • Check pollen.com or the weather channel app to find how high the pollen counts are in your area.

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Healthy family tips:
1. Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of germs. Cover coughs with your elbow, not your hands.
2. Wear sun screen if tanning, playing or working in the sun. Moisturize your skin often.
3. Showering before bedtime can remove allergens from hair and skin.
4. Share Internet safety tips to help reduce cyber bullying for your child.
     https://kids.usa.gov/parents/online-safety/cyberbullying/index.shtml
5. Healthier you 5-2-1-0. FIVE or more fruits and vegetables. TWO hours or less of screen time. ONE hour of physical exercise. ZERO- sugary drinks. Visit: www.letsgo.org

WCS Food Services prepares anywhere from 6500-7500 meals daily, depending on the menu. With the new regulations it's very different than it was five years ago when we would order 45 cases of french fries for one week just at the high school alone. Now, we order an abundance of fresh produce that is prepared daily in all of the kitchens. Students also have access to more food on their tray with both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast now includes two fruits as opposed to one and lunch offers no less than two vegetables for a student to choose from. High school students also get an additional fruit choice for lunch as well as larger portions of many entrees.

By serving student tested meals we provide each child access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet their health and nutrition needs while meeting the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

Breaking it down a little further, students consume over 81,000 gallons of milk each school year (68% is chocolate), approximately 100,000 slices of pizza and over 1,225,000 pounds of fresh produce will be delivered and prepped each school year for our students.


According to the American Heart Association someone in the United States has a heart attach every 43 seconds and every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke.
These are startling statistics but the good news is that two major risk factors, poor diet and lack of regular exercise are under your control. So take a look at the resources below and implament some of the suggestions to get started on your way to a healthy heart in 2016.

Resources:
cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/Healthy-Living_UCM_001078_SubHomePage.jsp
health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run


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Add more sleep to your January resolution list.
Shoot for 7 hours a night but there may be a different number of sleep hours needed for you.

Why? Without enough sleep you are more likely to get colds, have tummy troubles, struggle with memory, be irritable and moody, gain weight, suffer with headaches, get in a car accident and have troubles with vision.

Healthy Sleep tips include:
  * go to sleep and get up at the same time everyday, even on weekends
  * avoid bright screens 2 hours before sleeping
  * get regular exercise
  * avoid caffeine, alcohol and big meals in the evening
  * keep your bedroom dark, cool and quiet

Sleep is vital to your well-being!!



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