Does your child suffer from allergies? If so, we have some good news for you! There is a wonderful movement happening called the Teal Pumpkin project. The movement was created by the Food Allergy Research and Education organization (FARE). Their mission is to create a safer and happier Halloween for all kids.
To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can visit their website at https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project.
On the website, you will find wonderful resources including ideas for non-food treats along with information on how you can participate. Together we can assure that all children are able to enjoy a safe and FUN Halloween this year!
We are thrilled to welcome back our wonderful students to all of the Full Service Community School Health Centers (FSCS) in participating schools. We know this is going to be a wonderful and healthy year for all children!
If you have been wondering what the FSCS Health Center is, we would love to share a little bit about ourselves:
The FSCS Health Center is The Board of Education’s Comprehensive School-Based Health Clinics. We operate pediatric Health Centers that provide children access to quality care inside the school. At all FSCS Health Centers your children can receive the following care:
- Pediatric Doctor scheduled appointments for sick and well-care preventative services
- Dental Care
- Vision Care Both screening, exam, and eyeglasses
- Nutrition Education and parents/guardians workshops
- Behavioral Health Counseling and Social Work Support for students and families
- Audiology screenings
In order to utilize our services, you must first enroll with your school’s Health Center. Below is a list of the participating schools:
Paterson, School 5: Contact Nargish Akther at 973-321-2273
Paterson, NRC: Contact Maryln Grullon at 973-321-1000 Ext. 22489
Paterson, Frank Lautenberg : Contact Diane Savage at 973-321-1000 Ext: 20648
Paterson, School 15: Contact Shalika Ulloa at 973-321-1000 Ext. 10155
Paterson, Napier Academy: Contact Victoria Vargas at 973-321-1000 Ext. 20406
Thank you! And we look forward to working together to make all students healthy and successful this year.
**Please visit the NJ Family Care website to apply for insurance if you lack coverage to see if you qualify. Should you have any questions regarding NJ Family Care application process to enroll your child(ren), please contact the Treatment Coordinators at your school sites by clicking on the “Contact Us” from the menu above.
It has been our sincere pleasure to work with your family in providing Health Care Services this school year. We overwhelming appreciate your confidence and warmly recognize your support as we strive to make sure that each and every student of the Paterson Full Service Community Schools have the brightest future and utmost success.
All service will resume again in the fall. Please note the Health Centers in School 15 and Frank Lautenberg School will be open throughout July. Please contact the Treatment Coordinators to schedule visits.
School 15 : 973-321-0155
Frank Lautenberg: 973-321-1000 ext. 20648
If you would like to continue Health Center Services in the fall ie: Behavioral Health, Pediatric Doctor/ Nurse Practitioner, Dental, Optical, and Nutrition Education and Workshops, please contact/visit the treatment Coordinator at the Health Center in your school.
Should you require mental health services over the summer, please note the following services and accompanying phone numbers:
PerformCare New Jersey: 1-877-652-7624
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an office in Paterson, PerformCare develops and manages behavioral health solutions for children, adolescents and families.
Circle of Care for Families and Children of Passaic County: 973-942-4588
Located in Woodland Park, Circle of Care provides services for children with emotional and behavioral challenges using a wraparound model so that the child and family may live and thrive in the community.
Family Intervention Services: 973-523-0089
Located at 655 Broadway in Paterson, FIS provides crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case management, education and support for families.
St. Joseph’s Health Screening Service: 973-754-2230
This 24-hour hotline number offers emergency psychiatric evaluation screenings and psychiatric referrals.
For Pediatric Services:
Woodland Park Pediatrics
205 Browertown Rd, Suite 001,
Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Phone: (973) 582-0644
For Optical Services:
Main Street Optical
1010 Main Street,
Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: (862) 239-9550
For Dental Services:
511 River Drive,
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Phone: (201) 796-0585
We wish you a Healthy and Happy Summer!
Awesome turn out for our School 6 Health Day! Students and families enjoyed “Rock the Bike”! They created healthy smoothies…using yogurts, fruits..yummy berries…almond milk..etc..pedaling the bike spun the blender that was attached and to their surprise… created these delicious treats! Then off to the Health Center dentist and special treat by Dr. Mathew Cichowski!
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