~Healthy Bodies make Healthy Minds~

Marilyn Brison, RN

603-485-9574 x333
The child who is unhealthy-physically, socially, emotionally, or mentally–Struggles to excel in school just as the child who is under prepared by education struggles to maintain health and well-being, often for years to come.  Learning and health are symbiotic, with one serving and supporting the other.

Healthy Bodies Make Healthy Minds

The Allenstown School District Wellness Policy stresses that classroom snacks feature healthy choice.  There are still students that bring in bags of chips and baked goods on a daily basis for snacktime.  Those types of foods can contribute to health problems for children such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cavities.  They provide unneeded calories that displace healthier food choices.

Healthier food choices are raw vegetables with low-fat dressing, 100% fruit juice, water, 1% milk, dried fruit-raisins, banana chips, fresh fruit, low-fat pretzels, popcorn, granola bars, rice cakes, low-fat pudding cups, etc.  Put these items on your grocery list and pack them daily for snack time at school.  Your children will enjoy them.
Don’t forget to exercise and keep that body moving too!   It’s important to eat right and to exercise to keep healthy!
Children learn through your example so try to exercise as a family.   Go walking together daily, ride a bike, shoot some hoops in the driveway, jump rope, kick a ball, swim, ice skate, ski, sledding, etc.   Limit television and computer time as sitting doesn’t burn many calories.   Eat meals around a table and eat slowly to enjoy mealtime.   If you sit in front of the television you are apt to eat fast and ingest more food that is necessary.
**There have been updates to the  “Health and Wellness Policy” which were passed by the school board on 3/9/2015.   Please view the complete policy on the web page.   Some featured changes are regarding Food Sales at schools and school functions.    Beverages sold on school property include: plain bottled water, low-fat or skim milk, 100% fruit/vegetable juice, light juices, low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk.   Beverages not sold on school property include: soda, caffeinated drinks(coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea), sport drinks, lemonade, and punch.**
Make changes now for a healthier you and you’ll look and feel better!
Nurse's News
Actions for Healthy Kids
5-2-1-0   Do you know what these numbers stand for?   5-Eat 5 Servings of fruits and vegetables every day!    2-Cut screen time to 2 Hours-OR Less each day!   1-Get Active for atleast one hour every day!   0-Eliminate Sugar Sweetened Drinks!   Eat Smart-Get Out -Be Active and you’ll feel better!
Action for Healthy Kids
1) Set attainable goals  by setting short-term ones that the entire family can reach.   Focus on one good habit at a time.
2) Stop the Clean Plate Club.   Don’t focus on a clean plate; the meal is done when the belly tells the brain it is full.
3) Parents are Role Models.   If you want your kids to eat healthy, you need to set a good example and they will follow.
4) Provide a variety of low-fat, and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
5) Get their hands dirty and Involve kids in food planning, selection, preparation, and cooking.
6) Encourage activity after dinner.   Allow no more that 2hrs. a day for television, computer, video games, and movies.
Enterovirus D68
What are the symptoms of Enterovirus D68?   Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneeezing,cough and body and muscle aches.   Sever symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.   Anyone with respiratory illness should contact their doctor if they are having difficulty breathing or if their symptoms are getting worse.
How does the Enterovirus Spread?   The Enterovirus D68 causes respiratory illness, the virus can be found in an infected person’s respiratory secretions, such as saliva, nasal mucus or sputum.   It likely spreads from person to person when and infected person coughs, sneezes or touches a surface that is then touched by others.
What are the Treatments?   There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68.   Talk to your child’s doctor about the best way to control his or her symptoms.   Some people with severe respiratory illness may need to be hospitalized.   There are no antiviral medications currently available for people who become infected.
How can I protect myself?   Wash hands often with soap and water frequently.   Avoid touching eyes nose and mouth with unwashed hands.   Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.   Cover your coughs and sneezes into your elbow not your hands.   Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Please be aware that at school the teacher’s are instructed to wipe down desks, keyboards and doorknobs.   Our custodian will wipe down the stair railings to assist in prevention of spreading virus’s.
When calling in your child sick please let us know if they have a fever of 100 Degrees F or more.   A report is filed with the State of NH daily to monitor outbreaks of influenza in our region.    A child needs to stay home for 24 hours fever free without the use of tylenol before returning to school.


Healthy Websites and Resources

FuelUPto is a website that students can go to to learn to be healthy and earn points for their school.   There are challenges for you to record healthy eating and physical activities.   Students need some form of physical activity totaling 60 minutes a day.   There are interactive games for healthy eating.   Visit the site and have fun while getting healthy!!!!!!!!  Check out Super Tracker as it’s a Free, interactive diet and activity tracking tool from the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion of good health.

Kindergarten Registration
All students entering Kindergarten must have a physical within one year of entering school per NH RSA Law 200:32.   Immunizations have to be up-to-date prior to school entrance per NH RSA LAW 200:38- I .   Please make appointments soon to assure that the required information is turned in on time.   We look forward to meeting our new students every year and wish them a positive learning experience.    If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me @ 485-9574   Ext. 333.

New Immunizations Reminder

A reminder to parents that when your child receives new immunizations or a physical please forward a copy to the school nurse so that medical records at school remain updated.

Flu Vaccine

The CDC is recommending that children ages 6 months to 18 years of age receive a flu vaccine.   Did you know that droplets from a sneeze or a cough can travel 3 feet or more.   You can spread the flu virus a day before you feel sick.   Contact your doctor for the flu vaccine or find a Flu Clinic at the website:    To prevent the spread of flu always wash your hands.   People should cough or sneeze into their elbow.   Stay home with a fever,chills, and body aches.   Students need to stay home 24 hours fever free without the usage of tylenol or other fever reducing medicine before returning to school.   Above all the number one thing is to WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water for prevention of the spread of germs.

Student Absence

When calling in your child absent please include whether they have a fever of 100F or more for tracking purposes of the influenza outbreaks.   Daily reports are made to the State of NH Dept. of Health.

Height, Weight, Vision and Hearing Screenings

Screenings are performed by the nurse on an annual basis.   If any abnormalities are found you will be notified for follow up with your physician.

AHHHH a Good Night’s Sleep!   “Why do I have to go to bed?”   Every kid asks that question-a lot.   Sleeping is as important for good health as exercising and eating right.   Your body is like a battery, which recharges itself while you sleep.   If it does not rest and recharge itself, your body and brain will get worn out and will not work properly.   When you do not get enough sleep for your body, you can’t fight off germs, so you get sick more often.   Your body’s tissues don’t grow or heal well.   Your muscles are tired, so you can’t run or play sports as well as you could.   You can’t think clearly or concentrate so you don’t learn as well.   You make more mistakes when you are tired.   You become bad tempered and sad.   All that sounds like a really tough day!   How much sleep is enough to grow, heal, learn and be HAPPY and HEALTHY???   You need 9-10 hours of sleep every night.
Tick Information/ Lyme Disease

Students will receive a work booklet in health class from “Tick Free NH”.  They will learn the different types of Ticks and how to prevent from getting bitten as well as the proper removal of Ticks.  Tick Spoons will be distributed for students to take home.  Check out the display of posters in the hallway next to the nurses office!

NH continues to have the highest rates of Lyme Disease in the Nation and approximately 60% of blacklegged ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia Burgdorfen, the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease.    To prevent tickborne disease use Deet insect repellent, long pants and sleeves outdoors and daily tick checks followed by prompt removal of ticks.   If you develop a bullseye red rash contact the doctor immediately for antibiotics.