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submitted by Rachelle Himes

It's hard to imagine after such a long winter that Spring is finally here. Our kids are outside exploring and with that comes the risk of tick bites.

Ticks can live in the tall grass, bushes, leaf piles and woods. Merely brushing by a bush with a tick on it can allow it to hitch a ride on your child's pant leg.

You can protect your children from tick bites and tick-borne disease by having them wear long sleeves and long pants when playing in the woods. Wear a repellant with at least 20% DEET

When your children come back in from playing outside be sure to check for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair. Ticks like to hide in the warm , dark areas.

If you see a tick, don't panic. Simply remove the tick with tweezers, squeezing it as close to the skin as possible and pulling upward with steady even pressure. Avoid using old folklore remedies such as salt, nail polish or gasoline. Removing the tick as soon as it is discovered is best. Be sure to wash the area as soon as the tick is removed.

Monitor for symptoms. Watch for a rash or fever up to several weeks after a bite. If a rash or a fever develop seek medical attention. Be sure to let the doctor know about the bite, when it occured and where the tick was acquired.

For more information on ticks visit the CDC website.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and be Tick Savvy.

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submitted by Ashley Rodewald

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Warsaw Community School nurses want you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:
  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

For more information visit:

Teenage dating. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 27 Feb 2018.
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:

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!

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.

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.
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


Nurse Inoculating Boy. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 13 Dec 2017.
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.

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. 

Healthy breakfast. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 1 Nov 2017.

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