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February is School Based Health Care Awareness Month

February is School Based Health Care Awareness Month!

All children and adolescents deserve to thrive. But too many struggle because they lack access to health care services. School-based health care is part of the solution, bringing health care to where students already spend the majority of their time: in school. When health and education come together, great things happen. Attendance improves. Conditions like asthma or diabetes are better managed. Behavioral health issues get quick, expert attention.

Recognizing unmet health care needs often get in the way of learning, leaders from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF), Glenridge Middle School, Winter Park High School and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) have established the School-Based Health Centers at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School.   (Click here for information on the Cheney Wellness Cottage, developed in cooperation with WPHF and OCPS)

The School-Based Health Centers offer a variety of services to take care of students’ physical health needs.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner services are available through the financial support of WPHF and in partnership with Healthcare Providers of Florida. The locations for the School-Based Health Centers are provided by Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School.

Services are available to those students within the Winter Park Consortium of schools whose families don’t have adequate health care coverage or access to a health care provider for their children.  The Consortium includes Winter Park High School and its elementary and middle feeder schools.

The many medical services provided FREE of charge by the Nurse Practitioners at the two centers include sports and school physicals, as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

Visits are by appointment only.

For more information, visit the School Based Health Center section of our website.

Meet Your CHILL Counselor, School Nurse, and Healthy School Team Leader

In the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) is pleased to sponsor a variety of programs aimed at tending to the mental and physical well-being of the children in our community. The programs, offered through a unique partnership with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), fall under the umbrella of the Coordinated Youth Initiative (CYI). Programs include the School Nursing Initiative, School-Based Health Centers (staffed by Nurse Practitioners), CHILL counseling program and the Healthy School Teams (HST). They are offered in the OCPS schools serving Winter Park and surrounding communities. (These schools make up the Winter Park Consortium of Schools and include Winter Park High School and its elementary and middle feeder schools.)

School Nursing Initiative

Financial support from WPHF allows schools in the Consortium to hire either Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who have one year of education, or Registered Nurses (RN), who have two to four years of education. All nurses must take continuing medical education classes to keep their licenses current. School nurses provide health screening, prevention and health maintenance services, as well as emergency care.  Visit www.healthykidstoday.org, click on “Schools” then click on your school’s name to learn more about your school nurse.

School Based Health Centers

When the need exists, nurses or parents can refer students to the Consortium’s Nurse Practitioners (NP) based at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School. They have master’s degrees and are able to offer more advanced care.  They are available to see children residing in Winter Park Consortium attendance zones.  They provide an important service to students whose families don’t have adequate health care coverage or access to a health care provider for their children.  Funded by WPHF, the NPs can assess, diagnose and prescribe medications and therapies for patients. Appointments are required.  Click here to learn more about the School Based Health Centers at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School.

CHILL Counselors

To students, life’s problems sometimes seem too big to handle. That is why WPHF established the CHILL Program in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and its Winter Park Consortium of Schools.

CHILL—Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons—is a free counseling program for students of all ages in the public schools serving Winter Park and neighboring communities who need help with issues such as divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and depression. CHILL Counselors focus on prevention and early intervention programs. There is no cost to students or families. Visit www.healthykidstoday.org, click on “Schools” then click on your school’s name to learn more about your CHILL counselor.

Healthy School Teams

Healthy School Teams (HST) have been established at each of the schools in the Winter Park Consortium, and are supported financially by and with leadership from WPHF.  Each team is charged with developing programs that will inject a dose of good health into its school. The programs are as varied as the schools; creativity is encouraged.  HSTs welcome the interest of parents and businesses. If you’d like to know how to get involved and support the Teams, visit www.healthykidstoday.org, click on “Schools” the click on your school’s name to contact your school’s HST Leader.

Healthy Kids Today

Healthy Kids Today serves as a source of valuable local health information for parents of children attending a Consortium school. It also will connect you to other websites across the Internet providing important health-related information. Visit www.healthykidstoday.org then scroll down to “Keep in Touch” to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest local health and wellness information for your children and family.

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Free Health Services Available at School-Based Health Centers

nurse clinicHealthy Kids Today would like to remind you of a wonderful service provided by the Winter Park Health Foundation to the students attending any of the schools listed below.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner services are available through the financial support of The Winter Park Health Foundation in partnership with Healthcare Providers of Florida. The Nurse Practitioners provide care at School-Based Health Centers that are located at Glenridge Middle School and Winter Park High School.

The many medical services provided FREE of charge by the Nurse Practitioners at the two centers include sports and school physicals, as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.  The Nurse Practitioners at the Student Health Centers can also write prescriptions if indicated.

Visits are by appointment only.

For the Student Health Center at Glenridge Middle School, call 407-623-1415 ext. 5072245

For the Student Health Center at the main campus of Winter Park High School, call 407-622-3200 ext. 6182437

Services are available to any student and/or siblings from these schools:

Elementary

  • Aloma
  • Audubon Park
  • Brookshire
  • Cheney
  • Dommerich
  • Hungerford
  • Lakemont
  • Lake Sybelia

Middle

  • Glenridge
  • Maitland

High

  • Winter Park 9th Grade Center
  • Winter Park

Free Walk and Bike to School Workshop

Walk-Roll0292-300x211Our friends at Healthy Central Florida are providing a free Walk and Bike to School Workshop!

(plus free dinner and childcare for registered participants – first come, first served. Must register by Sept. 18)

Kids learn best when they’ve had a little exercise. Help them get more with a fun, healthy, safe commute. Join Healthy Central Florida to explore and encourage walking and biking to school – safely.

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England, WP 32789

Parents, Principals, Healthy School Team Leaders, City Officials, police, pedestrian/cycling advocates and PTO representatives

Highlights

  • Potential for $$$ Mini-Grants
  • Learn from local walking and biking experts
  • Be inspired by replicable successes
  • Complimentary dinner from Outback Steakhouse & childcare for registered participants. Limited slots. Register early-deadline 9-18!
  • Receive tools to promote walking and biking at your school
  • Representatives from police, municipalities, traffic engineers, parents and teachers all working together for safer routes to school
  • Free materials for schools – banners, yard signs, counters, stickers, t-shirts and more!

Please RSVP today to info@healthycf.org.

Questions? Contact Abby Seelinger at intern@healthycf.org, or call 407.644.2300 ext. 241.

To learn more about Healthy Central Florida, visit www.healthycentralflorida.org. Healthy Central Florida is community-based partnership, founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation.

Study Finds Early Social and Emotional Skill Development is Linked to Adolescent and Adult Well Being

rwjf kindergarten

Photo courtesy of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – www.rjwf.org

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study indicates kindergarten students who are more inclined to exhibit “social competence” traits, such as sharing, cooperating, or helping other kids, may be more likely to attain higher education and well-paying jobs. In contrast, students who exhibit weaker social competency skills may be more likely to drop out of high school, abuse drugs and alcohol, and need government assistance.

The 20 year retrospective study looked at a cohort of 753 Kindergarten students.  The key findings show that social competence in kindergarten was a consistent and significant indicator of both positive and negative future outcomes across all major domains: education, employment, criminal justice, substance use and mental health.

For more information on this study, click here.

Winter Park Health Foundation offers CHILL, Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons, to help students develop social and emotional skills to support their development into adolescent and adult well being.   CHILL is a free counseling program for students of all ages in the public schools serving Winter Park and neighboring communities.  Students can also utilize CHILL for help with issues such as divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and depression. CHILL Counselors focus on prevention and early intervention programs. There is no cost to students or families.

CHILL is one of several programs the Foundation supports to care for the health of the whole child, in the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities

For more information about CHILL, click here.

Eating On A Budget

grocery shoppingMaking our money stretch is more important then ever.  Food is one of the biggest expenses for any household.  People find ways to save on groceries from shopping local, clipping coupons or even going to the dollar store.  There are many ways to shop for groceries when you are on a budget.  We’ve compiled a list of ways to do just that from our friends at Let’s Move!  The key is in the 3 P’s: plan, purchase, prepare.

Plan

  • Plan meals and snacks for the week according to an established budget
  • Find quick and easy recipes online.
  • Include meals that will “stretch” expensive food items (stews, casseroles, stir‐fried dishes).
  • Make a grocery list.
  • Check for sales and coupons in the local paper or online and consider discount stores.
  • Ask about a loyalty card at your grocery store.

Purchase

  • Buy groceries when you are not hungry and when you are not too rushed.
  • Stick to the grocery list and stay out of the aisles that don’t contain items on your list.
  • Buy store brands if cheaper.
  • Find and compare unit prices listed on shelves to get the best price.
  • Purchase some items in bulk or as family packs which usually cost less.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables in season; buy canned vegetables with less salt.
  • Pre‐cut fruits and vegetables, individual cups of yogurt, and instant rice and hot cereal are convenient, but usually cost more than those that require a bit more prep time.
  • Good low‐cost items available all year include:
    • Protein — beans (garbanzo, black, cannellini)
    • Vegetables — carrots, greens, potatoes
    • Fruit — apples, bananas

Prepare

  • Some meal items can be prepared in advance; pre‐cook on days when you have time.
  • Double or triple up on recipes and freeze meal‐sized containers of soups and casseroles or divide into individual portions.
  • Try a few meatless meals by substituting with beans and peas or try “no‐cook” meals like salads.
  • Incorporate leftovers into a subsequent meal.
  • Be creative with a fruit or vegetable and use it in different ways during the week.

Easy Grilled Chicken Salad with Tangy Vinaigrette

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3 Ways to Prevent the Flu

immunization (2)Flu season is here and it is time to make sure you protect yourself.  The CDC recommends three easy steps to protect yourself against the flue.  Take a look at the list and see how to fight back against the flu.

 

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.

 

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

 

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Healthy Spring Rolls with Sweet & Tangy Orange-Cilantro Sauce

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