School Nurse: Paula O’Hara, RN, MEd, CSN
Attendance Line / Nurse Phone: 908-709-6246
At Brookside Place School we are focused on being a caring, healthy community of students, staff and families. Please check here often for ideas and important information designed to keep our BPS community healthy. The Nurse's Corner will also feature monthly health and safety updates (see below).
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February Healthy Hints
February is a month to celebrate Black History, Groundhog’s Day and Valentine’s Day. It is also a month to highlight heart health and children’s dental health.
Did you know that the average heart beats over 110,000 times a day? Daily, it pumps over 2,000 gallons of blood through our bodies! Those are good reasons to show a little love to your heart.
- Start by being active. The CDC recommends 150 minutes a week of aerobic activity for adults and 60 minutes each day for children and adolescents. Find ways to limit time spent on devices and add some activity to the day.
- Focus on “good fats” like olive and canola oil, almonds, walnuts, and olives.
- Eat less of the “bad fats,” the ones that are solid at room temperature like butter, lard, and fats in meat.
- Enjoy low fat foods like lean dairy and meats, whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Their nutrients help prevent cardiac disease.
- Manage stress. Studies in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and in The Lancet, find a correlation between stress and poor cardiac health. Cortisol (the stress hormone) can cause inflammation and increased cholesterol. Recognize your stressors and plan down time, such as relaxing activities like yoga.
Did you know that some research has shown a correlation between dental and cardiac health? A study published by Harvard Health found that people with periodontal disease were two to three times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. While the cause is unknown, the relationship remains. Showing a little love to your smile may give your heart a bonus too.
Dental care should begin as soon as teeth erupt with the first visit to the dentist at 1 year of age.
Other ways to ensure a healthy smile include:
- Brush at least twice a day using a toothpaste with fluoride. Children under the age of 3 should be given only a dab of fluoridated toothpaste to ensure they don't ingest too much.
- Since Cranford’s water is not fluoridated, talk with your dentist about fluoride supplements for children ages 6 - 16 years.
- Floss at least once a day. Flossing cleans 40% more of the teeth than brushing alone!
- Opt for water over sugary drinks and snacks.
- Visit the dentist twice annually.
Have a happy and healthy February!
Nurse Paula O’Hara RN, MEd, CSN