Wondering what you can do to help your child be healthy and successful at school?  Here are a few tips...
    1.  Get a Good Night's Sleep.  Did you know that kids age 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night?  Your child is busy learning, exploring, and playing all day long.  Getting enough rest at night will help your child be alert and ready for the new school day.
    2.  Eat Healthy Foods and NEVER Skip Breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  Just like gas provides fuel for your car, a nutritious breakfast provides brain fuel for your child.  Help your child choose healthy after-school snacks.  Encourage water, milk, or juice, instead of sodas. 
    3.  Healthy Habits  Good handwashing is the most effective means of preventing the spread of illness.  Kids (and adults) should wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating or preparing food, and after playing outdoors or with animals.  Encourage your child to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and keep fingers away from eyes, nose, and mouth.
    4.  Safe Shoes  Closed-toe, flat shoes are the best footwear for your child to wear to school. 
    5.  Be Active.  For kids, exercise means playing and being physically active.  Consider limiting the amount of time your child spends watching TV, playing video games, and using the computer.  Make exercise fun:  jump rope, ride a bike, shoot some hoops, go on a family walk together.  Spend some time each day being active with your child.      
    A child who is active will:
    • Have stronger muscles and bones.
    • Have a leaner body and will be less likely to become overweight.
    • Sleep better.
    • Feel better.
    • Have a better outlook on life.
    6.  Keep Kids Home When They Are Sick.  For more information on when to keep your child home due to illness, click on the "Sick Kids and School" link.
    If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health, please call 940-369-4551 or email me @ lmash@dentonisd.org  Let's work together to have a happy and healthy school year!
                                         Nurse Bear