From the Nurse



The following tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Healthy You: Make healthy food choices, be active, make an appointment for a check - up, vaccination, or screening.  Know your numbers – weight, blood pressure, cholesterol. Wash your hands often. Be smoke free. Get enough sleep.  Learn and practice a new health tip each week.  Make a new friend.

Healthy Family: Plan to eat more meals together as a family.  Encourage and support physical activity. Put together a family health history.  Know where to go for health care in town if you do not have insurance.  Keep pets vaccinated and healthy.  Add a health related web site to your favorites list, and check weekly updates. Spend more time together. Be courteous and practice good manners.

Healthy Home: Go green.  Reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Install smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide alarms on every level. Keep cleaning products and medications away from children. Have a winter weather emergency plan, and stock your home and car with necessary supplies. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia. Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors.

Healthy Community: Volunteer at your church, school, or one of the many community centers needing help or an extra hand.   If you have received help from others, try to repeat the gesture. Extend a common courtesy wherever you are. They are always appreciated and hopefully duplicated.

Healthy Workplace: Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands often. Participate in healthy workplace programs. Take steps to prevent job stress. Reduce work injuries and practice good body mechanics.

Lori Kanne RN, BSN, CPN

Aspen Creek Middle School Nurse/Gretna Public Schools