Quarterly newsletter | June 2018
News and highlights about school health and wellness efforts across our District!
Spring into Summer !
The NHPS Health & Wellness Department provides support and guidance to schools and community partners to implement and coordinate efforts that promote the physical, social and emotional health of all students and staff. Through collaboration with many partners, our schools are becoming more health-promoting places in which to learn, work and succeed. We know that healthy kids make better learners, and our mission is to help all students to be physically and emotionally healthy, engaged and successful learners.

Our newsletters share information about current wellness efforts happening in the schools, useful resources for staff, parents and partners, and recognize the health heroes who are making “healthy change” possible every day in our schools! As we wrap up another school year and head into the summer months, we are including some healthy tips for the summer and a reminder about health requirements for specific grades for school entry. Wishing you all a healthy, safe and enjoyable summer!

The School Health & Wellness team
Awards For Champions
The 4th Annual Health & Wellness Summit, organized by the School Health & Wellness Department, was held on the evening of May 30th and has quickly become a popular celebratory tradition in our District! It was conceived as an award-focused event to celebrate the collective and individual efforts and accomplishments of the district and community partners in promoting the health, well-being and success of
students and staff. We also wanted to ensure that anyone from our district / community felt welcomed and able to attend by not charging guests any fee for the event. We are grateful to our generous sponsors who made this event possible.
Time to Think about
Immunizations and Physicals
As the school year comes to a close, administrators and staff, please remind parents with children entering Kindergarten, 7 th and 10 th grade to update their child’s physical and immunization s.

According to state law Sec. 10-204a-3a, individuals that fail to comply with school entry health requirements shall be excluded from school. As a District, we strive to be as inclusive as possible at the start of the school year. To ensure that our students are ready and able to attend school on August 30 th , students with immunizations in progress, statements from physicians regarding a scheduled appointment after the start of school, or students with a medical contraindication shall not be excluded from school. We want all our students to start the school year with great attendance.  

Interview with Elisabeth Reilly,
APRN, Clinton Ave SHC
Elisabeth Reilly, Nurse Practitioner at the Clinton Avenue school health center, has been conducting mindfulness classes since 2014. What started as a personal interest years ago has now expanded into a 16-week comprehensive course that she teaches twice a year. So far, over 200 students have attended her training. In the interview below, we talk about what mindfulness is and what motivated Elisabeth to offer mindfulness classes.
Elisabeth Reilly, APRN,
Clinton Avenue School Health Center
Our First Informational Video About Health/Wellness in Our Schools!
Topic: School Health Centers
Did you know that…
…viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in a text?
…audiences are about 10 times more likely to engage, embed, share, and comment on video content than blogs or related social posts?

Video production is a hot marketing tool today, and is one of the most informative, educational and engaging formats to increase understanding and interest in almost any subject, often referred to as “edu-tainment”. Thankfully, some of the Health & Wellness department members, having worked in TV production in the past, have the expertise and insight to use this format to share information with our school community about existing health services and initiatives in our district. 
Make It Safe, Healthy and Fun
1.        Never skip breakfast. It is the most important meal of the entire day. Make sure to eat nutritious foods that support your physical activity for the day as well as for bone, muscle, & brain growth; like a bowl of oatmeal, with fresh fruit & almonds, along with some scrambled eggs and a cold glass of milk.
2.        Always stay hydrated. Replace sugary sports drinks & sodas with water; add slices of fresh fruit like strawberries, lemons, limes or watermelons to your water for a delicious flavor.