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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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:

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A Happy, Healthy Halloween!

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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:

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Mozzarella Cheese

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

sea salt

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!

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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.

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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

Healthy Relationship Workshops!

 

This year Both The New Roberto Clemente Middle School and The Napier Academy took part in the ……….

TeenEqualityWheel2 “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!

 

 

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Smelly Feet? We can help

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Ever wonder why feet are so stinky?  We wanted to share this very interesting and helpful article first posted on kidshealth.org.  We hope you enjoy it and would love to know your comments.

Un Salud,

The Health Clinic Team

 

Why Do Feet Stink?

They’re your tootsies, your dogs, your piggies. Whatever you call them, feet are an important part of you. Without them, you couldn’t stand up, walk around, or run a race. In fact, your feet work so hard for you that sometimes they get sweaty. And stinky.

Think of a hot, summer day when you’ve been walking around an amusement park all afternoon. Oooh, boy — your feet have been in those sneakers a long time! On the car ride home, you decide to kick off your shoes. It feels good, but it smells bad. In fact, you might get an earful from the other passengers in the car: P.U. — what stinks?

Bacteria are to blame. These tiny critters normally inhabit your feet and love dark, damp places like the insides of sweaty shoes. They multiply in sweat, so if you don’t wear socks, that really gets them going.

In the right conditions, bacteria will feast on your feet. These bacteria eat dead skin cells and oils from your skin. Their colonies will grow and start getting rid of waste in the form of organic acids. It’s those organic acids that smell bad.

And for 10% to 15% of people, the smell is really bad. Why? Because their feet are extra sweaty and become home to bacteria called Kyetococcus sedentarius (say: kite-oh-KAH-kus SEH-den-tair-ee-us). These bacteria produce more than just stinky organic acids — they also produce stuff called volatile sulfur compounds. Sulfur compounds usually are powerful and awful smelling. If you’ve ever smelled a rotten egg, you know what volatile sulfur compounds smell like.

What Can You Do?

There’s usually no need to worry about stinky feet. But if the stink bothers you or someone notices it, you may want help to step in.

So how can you stop your feet from stinking? Well, you might not be able to stop stink completely. But if you cut down on sweat, you’ll cut down on the odor.

Try these steps:

  • Be clean. Wash your feet every day. Dipping your feet into a tub of water and scrubbing may be better than just letting the shower water splash on them. Be sure to dry your feet when you’re done.
  • Wear the right socks. Cotton, some wools, and special knits made for athletes will absorb sweat and allow your feet to breathe. Put on a fresh pair every day, and also if the socks get damp.
  • Make sure your shoes aren’t too tight. If they are, your feet might sweat more than normal.
  • Switch shoes. Wearing the same shoes every day can make them smellier. Let them dry out for a couple of days before wearing them again.
  • Kill those germs. Ask your mom or dad about using a disinfectant spray to kill bacteria in your shoes. You also might wash your feet with antibacterial soap. Setting shoes out in the sun also may help.
  • Wash shoes or insoles. Some insoles or shoes, especially sneakers, may be washable — a great way to kill odors and get clean-smelling shoes again. Be sure to dry them completely before wearing them.
  • Avoid shoes made of plastic. Plastic and some human-made materials don’t let your feet breathe.
  • Go barefoot. Let your feet air out by letting them spend some time in the open air, especially at night. But don’t go barefoot too much — especially in the outdoors — because that can invite certain bacteria (like that Kyetococcus) to live on your feet!
  • Don’t share shoes or towels with others. If you do, that may transfer stink-causing bacteria from other people’s feet to yours. Gross!

If you still have problems with foot odor, talk with your mom or dad to get their opinion. If they agree think the stink is a concern, they can try getting you odor-fighting powder or insoles. If nothing seems to work, you might want to talk with your doctor about what to do. The doctor may give you a special medicine to put on your feet.

For most people, foot odor can be controlled. The worst part about having stinky feet is that it’s embarrassing. If you’re worried about this, just keep your shoes on when you’re in social situations, like when you’re at school or riding in a car.

At home, keep your feet clean and go barefoot so they get some air. If your feet are clean and dry, those bacteria will have to find their lunch somewhere else!

Reviewed by: George Preti, PhD
Date reviewed: October 2014

Source: http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/yucky/feet_stink.html#