Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2018 Holiday Health Challenge- website link

Happy Holidays!
Here is a link to a healthy website that offers some healthy advice and resources to celebrate and be healthy during the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving!

holiday challenge

Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season
This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds.You are invited to join the 12th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with strategies and resources to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season.
Last year’s Holiday Challenge was the biggest and best ever. More than 28,000 people from all 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 17 additional countries participated (an 83% increase from the previous year). Now it’s time for the 2018 Holiday Challenge!

The 2018 Holiday Challenge:

November 12 – December 31

Registration does not close and you may sign-up at any time.holiday challenge

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November 14th World Diabetes Day

November is  Diabetes awareness month.
November 14th

Type 1 Diabetes
A diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes means your
pancreas is no longer capable of producing
insulin. You will need multiple injections
throughout the day to manage your diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
A diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes means you
body isn’t using the insulin produced properly;
called insulin resistance. First, the pancreas
makes extra insulin to make up for it and then
over time, the pancreas cannot make enough
insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels.

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
Click the link for a risk assessment.
Please see the healthy newsletter attached and these links for more information on diabetes.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Parent Red Ribbon Week Challenge

Parent Red Ribbon Week Challenge!
We really appreciate those of you that took the time to come to this drug awareness event on Saturday! Please take one more action step and clean out your medication cabinets in your home- get rid of the old or unused medication in your home. We sometimes do not realize the medications that are still in our own medicine cabinets that can be harmful to our children. Many times people may have old pain medicines from procedures and do not even remember. These medications could be easily used and abused by someone seeking them out that might be visiting your home. Please go through all of your medications. Lock up your meds and get rid of the old, expired and unused medications that you do not need by  bringing them to the community drug take back event next Saturday October 27th at The McKinney Safety Building.  This is a great Red Ribbon week project! Together we can make our community a safer place for our children!
Can you identify the medicine vs candy? Check this website out and take the test. It might surprise you.

Drug Take-Back McKinney- part of Nationwide Drug Take Back event

Date: October 27
Place: Public Safety Building, 2200 Taylor-Burk Dr., McKinney

For year-round disposal, visit Drug Enforcement Agency website and enter zip code for a collector location near you.
Free, Safe and Anonymous Disposal

The City of McKinney, in partnership with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Nationwide Drug Take-Back event twice per year. At the Drug Take-Back event, participants can safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous. You do not have to be a resident of McKinney to participate.
If you are unable to attend event, go to this web site for medication disposal instructions. 

Some quick important instructions from that website:
If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps:
1.    Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, dirt or kitty litter (this makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs).
2.    Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
FDA’s Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm.D., J.D., offers a few more tips:

·         Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
·         Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medicines based on your specific symptoms and medical history. Something that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.
·         When in doubt about proper disposal, ask your pharmacist.

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Thank you in advance for taking the challenge to clean out your medicine cabinet!!!
Nichole Warren RN MBHS School nurse

Monday, October 1, 2018

Second Annual Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond October 13th MNHS

Second Annual Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond October 13th 
Parents and teachers- please mark your calendars for this event on Oct 13. This is a great way to empower yourself with knowledge on current drug trends and how you can help your children and students be safe. As a member of our MISD Substance use prevention committee, we take the drug and alcohol issues affecting our community seriously. We want to empower our community with knowledge and action steps you can take to help prevent substance use and abuse in our community. It starts at home. Please also take an action step and clean out your medicine cabinets at home. We will have more information at this event and I will have another post later addressing how to safely dispose of medications if you are unable to attend the event. 
Please see info below that I have taken from the MISD news page. I hope to see you on Saturday October 13th!
MISD staff- there will be 4 hours PD credit for attending this event!

McKinney, Texas – On Saturday, October 13, the McKinney ISD Substance Use Prevention Committee will host “Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond,” a workshop the committee introduced last year as a resource for parents.
“We’re excited to offer our families this second annual event,” said Jennifer Akins, MISD senior director of counseling and guidance. “It is geared toward parents to give them information and resources to keep their kids safe. We’ll learn about substance use trends; we’ll learn about coping strategies that parents can use with their children, and our goal is that parents leave our event feeling informed and ready to help their families stay safe.”
The event is free and offers childcare for ages 5–11.
In addition to the scheduled activities, Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond will feature interactive learning displays from community partners, mental health professionals and law enforcement. Parents are invited to come and go as desired.
Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
8:15 a.m. – Noon
McKinney North High School
“Not Me”
8:15 – 10 a.m.
Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Watch the trailer at https://tinyurl.com/NotMe2018
Breakout Session 1 (Choose from Topics Below)
10:20 – 10:50 a.m.
Teaching Your Child Coping Strategies
Healing Scarred Hearts: A Family’s Story
Drug Access in the Digital Age
Current Trends: A Parent Guide
Breakout Session 2 (Choose from Topics Below)
11:10 – 11:40 a.m.
Prescription Drug Abuse Trends
Drug Access in the Digital Age
Anxiety and Substance Use in Secondary Students
It’s “Just” Pot!: Responding to Harm Reduction Behaviors
Closing Address
11:45 a.m. – Noon
For more information about Bedrooms, Backpacks and Beyond, contact the MISD Counseling and Guidance office at 469-302-4036.
Flyer that summarizes event information

Monday, September 17, 2018

Message from MISD Health Services regarding fall illnesses

Message From MISD Health Services:

We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home. Recently we have had many students out with Strep Throat, a stomach virus, and a few with the FLU. When a student comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with.

Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing.

If your child is out sick remember to always send in a note from the medical provider or a parent note.

MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow. Please take a moment to review the exclusions that are listed below.

Guidelines for Returning to School after an Illness

In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please consider the following guidelines when making your decision to let your child attend school or return to school after an illness.

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free from symptoms.

·         Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code)
·         Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) Student must be symptom free for
24 hours, without medication before reentry.
·         Diarrhea, of two or more loose or watery stools; all student
       must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before 
       re- entry (Texas Administrative Code).
·         Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw
·         Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever
·         Under diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
·         Red, draining eyes
·         Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection
·         Open, draining lesions or wounds
·         Jaundice
·         See McKinney ISD Lice guidelines
A vaccine preventable illness in question will require a physician's note for re- entry (pertussis,  mumps, measles, etc.).
         For any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior to re-entry to school.

These guidelines have been designed to give your child adequate time to recover, as well as keep the majority of the students, faculty and staff as healthy as possible.

Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of disease. Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and/or mouth) is how many infectious diseases enter your body. So let's work together to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading illnesses by following these three simple rules:

·         Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.
·         Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (use your sleeve, elbow or shoulder
·         Never put fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.

Remember...you are responsible for keeping yourself healthy!! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others.
Message from MISD Health Services