Pediatric School-Based Health Clinics

Nutrition Service Learning Students come to Oakwood!

A big “Thank You” to Haley Fernbleaux and Vanda Yenikomshuyan, students from Montclair State University Nutrition Department. They joined the kindergarten, second and third grade classes and at the Oakwood avenue school and delighted the students  with a nutrition presentation project!

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Follow the links below!

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The team also did an outstanding presentation to parents/guardians where they discussed healthy eating and how the overconsumption of processed foods effect the risk of cardiovascular disease hypertension. Diabetes high blood pressure. They also discussed the My Plate recommend rations and how to purchase produce at a lower cost reflective of “in season” fruits and vegetables. Please follow link below for further discussion:

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October : Breast Cancer Awareness

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The Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic presented a workshop on “Breast Cancer Awareness during October.  Thank You to all who joined us!! Please see below some helpful information:

 

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Health Club!

 

img_5821-2A Big “Thank – You to Marianella Martinez, our Nutrition Educator and Nurse Powell, for working together to do lunch time activities for the Health Club! Ms. Martinez will be doing focus groups and healthy snacks for interested 5th through 7th graders.  Click on calendar on home page for days and times!

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A Happy 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:

 Pizza dough

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 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 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 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 an orange jack o lantern…scoop out orange and fill with some organic orange sherbet…great fun watching the sherbet drip through the eyes and mouth!  Oranges are very high in vitamin C and quercitin 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 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 treat ideas for bags:

Cereal bars

Granola bars

Rice crispy treats

Fake teeth

Fake eyeballs

Spider rings

Halloween pencils (unsharpened)

Crazy Halloween erasers

Glowing rubber bracelets

 

Finally a treat for mom! Don’t know what to do with that left over, 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 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 cleans and calm the skin.

Rinse and follow with a good night cream of

1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt mixed with 1 teaspoon of coco butter or honey

This will both soften and smooth out wrinkles!

 Happy Halloween!

Denise Hajjar, MS

 

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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.

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.

 

March Eye Exams!

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Why Do We Need a Vision Program? A policy brief titled “Childhood Vision: Public Challenges & Opportunities”, issued by the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, of the George Washington University Medical Center, states that there are approximately 13.5 million children in the United States from birth through age 17 who are affected by some form of vision problem.

Although undetected vision problems affect all children regardless of socio-economic status, there are a few considerations reflective of low-Income children such as: history of poor healthcare or lack of preventative care, delayed detection of visual conditions resulting from a nutritional deficiency, or direct trauma to the eye.

This March, the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic was pleased to partner with Helen Keller International (HKI) to bring visual health services to all students in grades 4 through 7.

The students took part in a three-part series which included an initial screening, a more thorough exam for those detecting need, and finally the eye glasses and prescription.

This unique opportunity to have this service available for all students in grades 4 through 7 insures that each student needing glasses actually received them.

Business as usual…..students K through 3rd that were registered in the Health Clinic also received exams and glasses by the Oakwood Avenue Community School Health Clinic Eye Team

Simple ways to Prepare your body for Test Taking

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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#