March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday !!! To pay tribute to our favorite children’s author, we have a very healthy poem written by the FSCS Health center nutritionist, Denise Hajjar.
Start your Day the Healthy Way
By Denise Hajjar
Would you drive a car with no gas? This is the question I may ask.
You need to fuel your body and your mind said the Cat in the Hat…that friend of mine.
The Cat in the Hat eats green eggs and ham so why oh
why don’t you eat a clam?
or a snail….or a snake?
Because that can give us a belly ache for goodness sake!
So what is a nutritious breakfast asked Sam I Am?
A slice of whole wheat toast with a touch of Jam!
Or an egg of course, but please no spam! YucK!
Now for some fruit…like some berries or grapes… or nice yellow banana like feeding the apes!
Choose at least 3 from the 5 food groups….even though it may give you the…..Oops! You can’t say that said Sam I
Oh never mind that said the Cat in the Hat…
These are my breakfast ideas that will fuel your brain and keep you running like a plane or a train… But sometimes I run out the door with no food in my belly…hey how about an apple with some jelly?
Well, perhaps an apple but with some peanut butter; a fruit and a protein, there’s nothing better! The protein will be sure to keep you focused all day and the apple will keep the doctor away!
Since February is the month of the Heart….our Hearts… I thought it appropriate to share with you this beautifully written excerpt from “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” by E. M. Haas, M. D. Enjoy! Denise Hajjar
Vitamin L (the love vitamin) is commonly known as the “universal” or the “love” vitamin, as coined by humanologist, Bethany ArgIsle. One of the most important nutrients for optimum health is a daily dose (or more) of Love. The vital human emotion/expression/experience is necessary for the optimal functioning of people and all of their cells, tissues, and organs. It is found in most of nature – in foods, domestic animals, friends, and family – and is used to heal a wide variety of diseases. There are no toxic effects, but deficiency can cause a wide range of ailments.
Sources: As stated, vitamin L is found in a great variety of sources but must be developed and nurtured to be available. Fear, anger, worry, self-concern, and many other human emotions can destroy vitamin L. It is found readily in most mums and dads and is very highly concentrated in grandmothers and grandpas. Sisters and brothers may be a good source of vitamin L, though often this is covered up in early years, develops in the teens, and is more available in adulthood. Massage therapy is a particularly good source of vitamin L.
Vitamin L is also found in cats, dogs, and horses; in flowers and birds; and in trees and plants. In food, it is especially found in home-cooked or other meals where vitamin L is used consciously as an ingredient. It is digested and absorbed easily and used by the body in its pure state, being eliminated almost unchanged; in this, it is unique among the vitamins. It is also made by friendly bacteria and all positive reactions and attitudes in the body.
Functions: This vitamin acts as the “universal” vitalising energy. Vitamin L helps to catalyze all human functions and is particularly important to heart function and the circulation of warmth and joy. Digestion is very dependent on appropriate doses of Vitamin L, as is the function of the nervous system. Adrenalin, the brain endorphins (natural tranquillisers and energisers) and other hormones are enhanced by Vitamin L as well. A wide variety of other bodily and life functions are dependent on vitamin L, and it is extremely important to the healing process.
Deficiency and toxicity: There are rarely any serious problems from excess intake of vitamin L. Side effects, however, may include swooning, a strange feeling in the centre of the chest, goosebumps, and staring blankly into space.
The Full Service Community School Health Centers presented a workshop on “Breast Cancer Awareness during October. Thank You to all who joined us!! Please click on link the below photos for helpful information:
School 6 New RobertoClemente
Having raised four children, believe me when I say that Halloween festers up a whole bunch of emotions. While we absolutely love to see our little nuggets prancing around in their favorite costumes, the days before are filled with stress ie. sowing and trying on customs, searching for creative odds and ends, or standing on long lines exchanging last minute costumes…hmmm not so much. So as we wait for this deliciously ghoulish holiday to begin, here are some healthy alternatives to the day’s activities:
If you do have some time to whip up a healthy pizza before, during or after trick or treating try:
5 large rip tomatoes peeled or 1 large can of peeled plum tomatoes
1 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, first cold press
1 tablespoon of basil
1teaspoon of oregano
First, pre-heat oven to 425. Mix tomatoes, basil, oregano, and…
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As I begin to look forward to this school year and contemplate how to address Nutrition and Wellness for our students, I am please to announce that Graduate and Undergraduates in the field of Nutrition from various Colleges and Universities will be working hard to help bring information to our students and families through activities and workshops!
As a Nutrition Educator, I am please to host various group sessions in October to salute “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and will be doing workshops at your school. (Please check calendar for date and time). We salute all Survivors this month and always!
I will leave you with this thought. We are fortunate to live in the “Garden State” where seasonal growing has afforded us the opportunity to visit farms and Fall is certainly apple picking season!
So, does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
Well, according to Ayurveda medicine (Western medicine practiced in India), our favorite apple is a powerful antioxidant that serves up over 100 times the benefits of vitamin C! They also contain pectin, which is a great source of fiber.
Here is an awesome way to give your children an inexpensive, great morning start:
Take an apple and peel it. Cut it into quarters and place a clove in each quarter piece. Boil it for a few minutes until soft. This assists with digestion. Remove from heat and remove the cloves. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Not only does it help to lower cholesterol but also assists in stabilizing blood sugar. The mineral, Boron, in apples have been linked to bone health and osteoporosis prevention while the fiber helps us feel full through morning classes so we are not reaching for that candy bar!
So what about the clove? Well, the clove reigns from Indonesia. Although it carries a pungent smell and taste, it has been used as an antiseptic and not only kills bacteria and soothes toothaches but aids in circulation. One tiny clove provides the mineral, manganese, also an important mineral for bone health.
And how can I forget the delicious taste of cinnamon! The new rumor about cinnamon is that it helps in regulating blood sugar and its true! Here are some other truths: It helps with stiffness in muscles and joints and is a great digestive aid.
So not only will this breakfast treat serve you and your child a host of health benefits, it will fill you up and keep you energy charged to meet the stresses of the day!
Namaste! Denise Hajjar, M.S
This year Both The New Roberto Clemente Middle School and The Napier Academy took part in the ……….
“Healthy Relationship” Workshop! On March 17th the 7th grade students at the New Roberto Clemente School and again on April 21st 63 8th grader students at the Napier Academy participated in these workshops . At both events the Full Service Community School Health Centers’ Behavioral Health Team provided psychoeducation on identifying characteristics of healthy and unhealthy interpersonal relationships.
“The Full Service Community Schools envisions a school environment where all students engage in healthy behaviors in their social settings with family, peers, teachers, and other adults across their life course development.” Melissa Elliott, LCSW, Director of the Behavioral Health Program at the FSCS Health Center and MSW Internship Team!
The goal of this workshop was to inspire and seek ways to help reduce the prevalence of dysfunctional, abusive and violent relationships among adolescents through visual tools and interaction.
Melissa wishes to begin these workshops (Hygiene, Mindfulness, and Healthy Relationships in early fall in all the Full Service Community Schools since they have been so positively appreciated by students and staff. A huge “thank you” to Melissa and her team!