Having raised four children, believe me when I say that Halloween stirs 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; 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 ripe 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, preheat oven to 425. Mix tomatoes, basil, oregano, and a few sprinkles of sea salt and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a blender until puree into a sauce. Arrange on dough and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes on 425. In meantime, use a ghost cookie cutter and cut out ghost shapes of mozzarella cheese add a green pepper slice or carrot slice for a top hat…ok some ghosts wear hats, right? Pop in the oven until shapes start to resemble a ghost about 5 minutes…. take out of the oven an cut some olives for eyes; could be green olives or black olives.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, lutein and scientist believe this rich mixture of phytochemicals fight disease as well as serve up a good portion of anti-cancer benefits– not to mention they are an excellent source for healthy eyes. Oregano is about one of the healthiest herbs you can serve your family. It contains vitamins A, B6, K and C as well as minerals such calcium and potassium. Oregano is a great digestive aid. Keep in mind that adding a few drops of oregano oil in your favorite juice each morning helps to boost your immune system. Basil also contains vitamin A and K and they don’t call it Holy Basil for nothing. Ayurvedic medicine has been remedying with basil for thousands of years. It too helps to fight infections and works well to help clear acne due to its anti-inflammatory capabilities and of course, vitamin A, helps to cleanse infected skin, cells.
For dessert, a special treat: Carve a mini orange jack o lantern…scoop out the orange “guts” and refill with some organic orange sherbet…great fun is watching the sherbet drip through the eyes and mouth! Oranges are very high in vitamin C and quercetin and there is much press regarding oranges’ health benefit in reducing the onset of asthma.
If you are really into this festive holiday, and of course wish to not sleep the night before…. boil eggs, peel and add a ghost face with an edible black marker. Eggs are an awesome start to a school day; the protein keeps your child full longer and focused on schoolwork.
Finally, a few ideas for Filling those Trick-O-Treat bags:
Rice crispy treats
Spider or glowing rings
Halloween pencils (unsharpened)
Crazy Halloween erasers
Glowing rubber bracelets
Finally a treat for mom! Don’t know what to do with that leftover, carved pumpkin?
Make a promise to yourself after all the day’s activities and the kids are soundly asleep. Go to the bathroom…lock the door and relax with a good lavender soak and apply:
To create a face mask of oatmeal and shredded pumpkin and add a few drops of fish oil and relax with a face mask for about 10 minutes.
1 and ½ tablespoons of shredded pumpkin
1 teaspoon of oatmeal (old-fashion)
1 teaspoon of fish oil or if you cringe at the thought of the smell, you can use coconut oil. While the fish oil will help to rebound elasticity to help with wrinkles, coconut oil is a great rejuvenator and skin softener. In fact, put some on your lips to help soothe and keep them moist during sleep.
The pumpkin is high in beta-carotene and aids in washing away dead skin cells, oatmeal helps to clean and calm the skin.
Rinse and follow with a good night cream of
1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt mixed with 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter or honey
This will both soften and smooth out wrinkles!
Denise Hajjar, MS,
Holistic Nutrition Educator
Questions? Email Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Oakwood Academy and Rosa Parks Community School. We know this is going to be a wonderful and healthy year for all children!
If you have been wondering what the Health Center is, we would love to share a little bit about ourselves:
The 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 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:
Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic:
Treatment Coordinator: Cilamene Joseph: 973-677-4000 ext. 3621
Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic:
Treatment Coordinator: Afrika Bond: 973-677-4000 ext. 1224
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 Oakwood Avenue Community School and Rosa Parks Community School have the brightest future and utmost success.
Should you require Pediatric Services over the summer please note the below contact information:
Dr. Zambrano, Rosario
26 Baldwin Street,
East Orange, NJ 07017
Phone: (973) 672-1212 Essex Pediatrics
Questions regarding Dental Services please call:
Transdental at 201-796-0585
Questions regarding Optical Services please call:
Main Street Optical at: 862-239-9550
Should you require mental health services during the summer, please note the following addresses and phone numbers that can be a referral source.
- Dial 211-this is a local Medical and Human Resource Service referrals for your area of Essex County.
- East Orange General Hospital (973) 672-8461. This 24 hotline number offers emergency Psychiatric Evaluation screenings and Psychiatric referrals.
- NJ Self Help group clearing House 1(800) 754-2230 offers local resources for Support groups in the state of NJ.
- Family Intervention Services at: 973-324-7879
Best Wishes for a happy and safe summer!
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!
Good health starts here, and we are so excited to begin this journey with you all. The purpose of the Oakwood Avenue Community School and Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinics are to provide comprehensive, preventative health care to the students without having to leave the school. This means less missed work and more learning!
The School – Based Health Clinics provide:
Pediatrics for yearly check-ups, sick visits, vaccinations and more
Nutrition and Wellness Education for families
Behavioral Health Counseling
All students and families are welcome as we strive to reach and maintain optimal health for the students at our Community School Health Clinics! For more information or to register your child(ren), please contact the Treatment Coordinator at your school:
Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic:
Cilamene (CiCi) Joseph: 973-677-4000 Ext. 3621
Rosa Parks Community School Health Clinic:
Afrika Bond: 973-677-4000 Ext. 1224