The Mobile Dentist Smiles Program is coming to NES on March 10, 2016. This program provides preventive services to our participating students, such as dental screenings, cleanings, flouride treatments, X-Rays, and sealants. Students will also receive a FREE toothbrush!
Medicaid and Hoosier Healthwise cover 100% of the cost. Private dental insurance and private payment is also accepted.
If you would like your NMS/NHS student to participate in this screening, please request a permission form or download and complete the one listed below. Completed permission forms should be returned to me by Friday, February 12, 2016. I would also like for you to email me permission to transport your student to the NES building on that day.
For questions please call Terri Carter, RN at 765-847-2595.
Every attempt should be made to administer all medication at home. In the event medication does need to be given at school, guidelines must be followed. A medication permit (signed according to guildelines) MUST be on file for ANY medication, including but not limited to, inhalers, cough drops, and pain relievers, given OR carried to school. See "Medication Permit" below. A new permit is required for each school year.
The nurse does NOT stock any medication for student use, including pain or fever reliever or cough drops. You must send it in the original container, labeled with student's name, to be kept in the nurse's office.
A blood donation truly is a “gift of life” that a healthy individual can give to others in their community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components that could help save multiple lives.
From one unit of blood, red blood cells can be extracted for use in trauma or surgical patients. Plasma, the liquid part of blood, is administered to patients with clotting problems. The third component of blood, platelets, clot the blood when cuts or other open wounds occur, and are often used in cancer and transplant patients. Cryoprecipitated anti-hemophilic factor (AHF) is also used for clotting factors.
In a recent study supported by the National Blood Foundation (TRANSFUSION 2002;42:122S), more than 5,000 individuals who were current blood donors at the time or who had given blood in the past were asked why they donate blood. Nearly three-quarters of the respondents said that they give blood to help others. Respondents also said that giving blood makes them feel good about themselves; supports their local communities and hospitals; supports their community culture; and “pays back” society for the times when they or their families have needed blood transfusions in the past.
For information about donating blood, click here.
February is Heart Month and Dental Month!
What is heart disease?
Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.
Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems. To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart attack or stroke, click here.
To do your own life check assessment, click here.
On National Wear Red Day®, Americans will wear red to show their support for women's heart health. This observance promotes the Red Dress symbol and provides an opportunity for everyone to unite in The Heart Truth's® life-saving awareness-to-action movement by putting on a favorite red dress, red shirt, red tie, or Red Dress Pin. Together, we will continue to urge women to protect their hearts, as heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
Although tooth decay has declined among young children as a group, it can still be a problem for individual children, and even teens and adults. That’s because plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and after many such attacks, the enamel can break down and a cavity forms. To learn more about dental health, click here.
National Mental Health Month
Teens need adult guidance more than ever to understand all the emotional and physical changes they are experiencing. When teens’ moods disrupt their ability to function on a day-to-day basis, it may indicate a serious emotional or mental disorder that needs attention — adolescent depression. Parents or caregivers must take action.
To learn more, click here.
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Parent-child communication about sex can help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect themselves when they do become sexually active. Research shows that young people who spoke with their parents about condoms and contraception before they became sexually active were more likely to use protection when they did become sexually active. Further research shows that talking about sex does not cause young people to become sexually active.
To learn if you are an "askable" parent, click here
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Approximately 8.3% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes, if not properly controlled, can lead to other health problems such as heart disease, blindness, and kidney disease.
Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, unusual thirst and extreme hunger. Other symptoms are frequent infections, blurred vision, and cuts and bruises which are slow to heal.
Visit www.diabetes.org to learn more about diabetes or click here to take a free diabetes risk assessment test.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S. among every ethnic group and accounts for 1 in every 3 cancer deaths.
Symptoms of lung cancer may include coughing, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, fatigue, and wheezing. Symptoms may vary depending on the type and size of the cancer.
About 87% of lung cancers are caused by smoking. Even former smokers are at higher risk for developing lung cancer. The longer a person has smoked and the more packs/day smoked increase the risk.
Quitting smoking is one of the single most important lifestyle changes you can do to improve and extend your life, not to mention saving a bunch of money as well! To learn more on tips to quit smoking, click here.
If you are a smoker, join the American Cancer Society on the third Thursday of November for the Great American Smoke Out and make a plan to quit!
Visit www.lungcanceralliance.org to learn more about lung cancer.
December is Safe Toy and Gift Month!
Prevent Blindness of America reports that in 2003, more than 10,000 eye injuries occurred in children 14 years and younger which were related to toys and play activities. Unfortunately, about 90% of these injuries could have been prevented.
As we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah this month, please take extra care in choosing safe, and appropriate gifts.
To learn more about Prevent Blindness of America, click here.
Reid Hospital offers a weight managemnet program for school-aged children and adolescents. By learning more about eating right, exercising and choosing healthy liefstyles, children and adolescents can reach their weight management goals.
STOP uses a family approach to weight management. For 12 weeks, participants ages 7-17 attend weekly sessions with at least one parent or guardian. With the guidance of these health professionals and the support of a positive environment, your child can become physically and emotionally healthier.
The program has an initial one-time assessment fee. This charge will be billed to your insurance company or Medicaid.
For more information, call Reid's Diabetes and Nutrition Education at 765-983-3423.
See list of available food pantries in Wayne County.
The Wayne County Health Department will hold a walk-in immunization clinic on April 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church for current and incoming Northeastern students.
Vaccines are $12 each. Medicaid and Hoosier Healthwise are accepted. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Take copy of current immunization record. Parent should accompany child.
Incoming kindergarten students, students entering 6th grade in the fall, and any other Northeastern student still needing immunizations are encouraged to attend this clinic.
Students MUST have up-to-date immunization records by the first day of school in the fall. Those with incomplete immunizations will not be allowed to attend school after the first day until proof of immunizations is received.
Federal, state and local officials are closely monitoring reported cases of the swine flu virus--officially known as North American Human Influenza A (HINI)--in the United States. It is important to remember that no cases of this flu in the U.S. have resulted in a fatality, and the symptoms for most individuals affected have been mild.
Symptoms and how it spreads
The swine flu symptoms appear to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza, including fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The spread of this virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads, mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people affected. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.
Precautions to take
1) Practice good personal hygiene
*Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
*Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
*Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
2)Try to avoid close contact with sick people
*Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
*If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
3)Get credible information
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm
*Indiana State Department of Health: www.in.gov/isdh