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Handwashing is the BEST way to prevent the spread of infection!
Please share with ALL your family, friends, classmates, and co-workers to help them stay healthier one handwash at a time. 

Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose, and mouth) is how infectious germs enter your body. Following the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness will virtually eliminate your chances of getting sick.  

4 Principles of Hand Awareness
1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth!

Henry the Hand’s Handwashing Guide
1. Wet hands
2. Soap up – use soap and warm water
3. Scrub up – wash between fingers, wrists, under fingernails, and backs of hands
4. Rinse off
5. Towel dry – REMEMBER to turn off the water using a PAPER TOWEL instead of your hands (so you don’t contaminate your clean hand by touching a dirty faucet)

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease when your body does not make enough insulin or does not respond well to the insulin your body made, resulting in high blood sugar. There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both impact blood sugar (glucose) levels, and if left untreated, can cause many complications. Type 2 diabetes typically develops later in life and is associated with weight gain (especially around the waist), and an unhealthy diet. Diabetes is on the rise in the United States.

How Can I Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential to controlling blood sugars and preventing diabetes complications.
People who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy lifestyle changes. These changes include:
• Getting lots of physical activity
• Eating fiber-rich foods
• Eating whole grains
• Working towards a healthy weight
Controlling calories and portion sizes are key factors in weight management. Start by making small activity changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or choosing a parking spot furthest away from the door.

Are you at Risk?
For more information about Diabetes, visit Check with your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your health.

Diabetes. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 11 Nov 2015.

In October, Warsaw elementary schools perform MCT (Modified Clinical Technique) vision screenings for all 1st grade students.  The early elementary years are an important time to catch vision abnormalities a child might have.  Having good vision helps children to read better, learn better, and provides them with more self-esteem when accomplishing their goals.

Having poor vision can affect a child’s learning process, interrupting reading, writing and other skills.  Many children do not know that they have poor vision, they think it is normal. A vision screening at school can help find those who might be struggling in class visually.  Vision screenings at school do not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam by a professional doctor.  It is highly advised that ALL children of all ages be seen by an eye care professional on a yearly basis.  

Things you can do at home to help maintain healthy eyes:
See an eye care professional yearly
Wear glasses/contacts daily if prescribed
Wear sunglasses on sunny days – do not look directly into the sun
Get plenty of rest
Drink plenty of water – to help keep eyes hydrated
Eating vegetables helps to provide vitamins and minerals that eyes need
See an eye doctor anytime you feel you are having a problem with yours eyes, such as itchiness, excessive drying, drainage, or injury to eye.

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Welcome back to school from your Warsaw School Nurses-  and NASN!
Here are some helpful tips to help your child’s year get off to a great start:

Make sure your student’s immunizations are up-to-date.

Notify your child’s school nurse and teachers about any health concerns your student may  have, and be sure to turn all necessary medical paperwork and medications in to your school nurse.

Review hand-washing tips with your child  to prevent the spread of infections.

Establish a regular bedtime and wake-up time for your student to ensure adequate and consistent sleep.

Help your child make appropriate clothing choices for school (ie:  comfortable and safe  shoes).

Get involved!  Sign up for the parent organization (PTA/PTO), school Wellness Committee, and put school events such as parent/teacher meetings on your calendar.

Primary School Class. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 21 Aug 2015.

It is that time of year again.  The weather is getting warmer and we are spending more time outside.  One of the most important things we can do during this time of year is keep ourselves hydrated and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Heat Exhaustion signs and symptoms can include: confusion, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat.

Heat Exhaustion treatment: Get out of the heat immediately and rest, preferably in an air conditioned room.  Find the nearest cool or shaded place.  Drink plenty of fluid with no caffeine or alcohol in it.  Remove tight clothing.  Take a cool shower or bath.  Apply cool towels or use fans.

Dehydration signs and symptoms can include: thirst, dry mouth, darker yellow urine, dry skin, headache, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, breathing rapidly.

Dehydration treatment: Drink water or sports drinks that contain electrolytes. See a doctor if there is change in person’s alertness, consciousness, has a fever of 102 degrees or higher, or if symptoms do not improve.

PREVENTION is the key to avoiding heat exhaustion and dehydration.  Drink plenty of fluids before and after any outdoor activities.  A general recommendation when exercising is to drink 17-20 ounces of fluid 2-3 hours before exercise, consume another 8 ounces during exercise every 20 minutes, and another 8 ounces within a half an hour of exercise.  Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, a hat, and sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more every time you go outside.  

Information obtained from WebMD and National Institute of Health/National Library of Medicine

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