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submitted by Leigh Cox

According to the Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, there have been numerous studies that show kindness improves health. Being kind to others has a positive effect on you, the recipient of the kindness, and on those who witness the act of kindness. Research studies suggest the positive effects of kindness include increased energy, decreased stress and pain, and a healthier heart. When we do something kind for someone else, especially when we do it without expecting something in return, we simply feel good. This improves our total well-being and our relationships with others. The book, “Why Kindness is Good for You” (Hay House, 2010) discusses how this is due to a change in our hormone levels in response to the kindness given or received.

There are endless ways to be kind to others and they don’t have to be big things. Here are some ideas.
Simple Acts of Kindness:

Hold the door open for someone
Smile at everyone you see
Say “thank you” more often
Do volunteer work
Give compliments to people you meet
Check on friends who are ill or having a difficult time
Be a good listener
Donate items you no longer use
Invite someone to dinner
Be patient while driving
Hold the elevator for someone
Put down your phone
Share a snack
Forgive someone
Say “I am sorry”
Leave a note on someone’s windshield

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” St. Teresa of Calcutta.

Spread a little kindness around, it is contagious. Make is spread like a virus.
What will you do today?
submitted by Joan Wells


It is the season for treats and sugar but keep in mind that many diseases can be linked to poor oral hygiene.

Limit Snacking:
Eating breakfast can decrease your need for sugary snacks before lunch.
Limit sugary snacks and drinks.
Eat healthy snacks such as celery, apples and carrots. 
Avoid snacking 2 hours before bedtime.

Keep that Beautiful Smile:
Find a dentist and visit them two times each year for a checkups.
Brush and floss your teeth a minimum of two times daily. (After breakfast and before bedtime.)
Brush your teeth for two minutes. Use a gentle action and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to include your gums and tongue when brushing.
Flossing can increase your life by 6.4 years and helps delay the effects of aging.
Plaque forms in 2-3 hours after brushing.
Tobacco use leads to gum and oral disease.

submitted by Amy Grill

• Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the single most important way to protect yourself against the flu virus.

• The flu vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, doctor appointments, missed school and work, as well as preventing hospitalizations from flu-related illnesses.

• Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine.

• Flu vaccines can be given as early as October, but can continue to be given throughout flu season. Flu related illnesses usually peak in January, so get your vaccine now. It will take 2 weeks for the vaccine to develop antibodies in your body that will provide protection against the flu.

• You can receive a flu vaccine in most pharmacies, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and college health centers.

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submitted by Julie Reed

Fall allergies got you down and maybe you feel like hiding out in your home.

Fall can be one of the worst times of the year for those 40 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies. With the cooler weather, changing foliage, grain harvests and release of pollens, these triggers can lead even the most “seasoned” allergy suffer to just want to throw in the towel.

Allergy symptoms can vary depending on which part of the body is exposed.
Eyes and nose: Watery, itchy eyes, mucous, runny nose and sneezing
Lungs : Wheezing, asthma flare-ups
Mouth: Itching in the back of the throat, upset stomach
Skin: Hives; dry, itchy skin and eczema.
Anaphylaxis: A life-threatening allergic reaction

Tips for controlling fall allergies
1. Buy a dehumidifier for your home: This will help cut down on molds and dust.
2. Stay clean: Wash pollens off our skin and hair after spending time outside.
3. Check pollen levels: Minimize time outside when levels are high.
4. Avoid hanging clothing out to dry: Pollen will attach itself to the clothing and then be on you.
5. Take an OTC antihistamine: There are many effective OTC medications even non-drowsy and long-lasting formula’s.
6. Buy hypoallergenic filters: Use HEPA filters and change them monthly
7. Use an air conditioner at night: Resist the urge to open those windows at night.
8. See a doctor, if needed: Proper allergy testing will help identify the cause of your suffering and determine the proper treatment.

Get more information on allergies at

Wheat allergy. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 24 Oct 2016.

submitted by Sarah Garcia

Welcome back for the new school year! The Warsaw School Nurses want to helpfully remind parents that your student’s immunizations were due on the 1st day of school, and that by Indiana State Law, they must be turned-in before September 12, 2016, or your child will be excluded from school attendance.
*If you have any questions about your child’s immunizations, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Here are some important facts about immunizations from National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM):
* Vaccines protect against serious diseases. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.
* Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
* Vaccines are very safe. Vaccines are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored even after they are licensed to ensure that they are very safe. Side effects are usually mild and temporary. Some people may have allergic reactions to certain vaccines, but serious and long-term side effects are rare.
* Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but it also helps prevent the spread of certain diseases, especially to those that are most vulnerable to serious complications, such as infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune system.

Children. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 7 Sep 2016.

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