Quarterly newsletter | April 2019
News and highlights about school health and wellness efforts across our District!
Who are we? 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.
Through our newsletters, we want to share information about current wellness efforts happening in the schools, useful resources for staff, parents and partners, and we also strive to recognize the health heroes who are making “healthy change” possible every day in our schools!
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The School Health & Wellness Team
How To Manage Stress
While Teaching
Interview with James Rascati, LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultants
It is a well-known fact that teaching is one of the ten most stressful jobs along with firefighting or flying a passenger plane in America. Let’s take a closer look at some statistics.  
  • According to a recent study, 61% of educators say that their work is always or often stressful, and over 50% say that they don’t have the same enthusiasm as when they started teaching.
  • 58% of educators characterized their mental health as “not good” for at least a week out of the last month.
  • Elementary school teachers are consistently found to be more stressed than secondary school teachers.
  • About one third of all new teachers leave education within the first five years of their career, and the rate at which teachers leave the profession is significantly higher than the departure rate in other professions.
VAPING: Less Harmful
Doesn’t Mean Safe
E-cigarettes, and Juul brand in particular, are becoming more and more popular among youth.

In 2015, more than 3 million youth in middle and high school, including about 1 of every 6 high school students, used e-cigarettes. More than a quarter of youth in middle and high school have tried e-cigarettes.

What makes them attractive? Young people start vaping out of curiosity, because they want to try the taste (e-cigarettes come in various flavors), because they believe that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco, because e-cigarettes look “cool” (Juul brand looks like flash drives) and can be concealed and used discreetly. Flavored e-cigarettes are very popular, especially with young adults. More than 9 of 10 young adult e-cigarette users said they use e-cigarettes flavored to taste like menthol, alcohol, candy, fruit, chocolate, or other sweets.
Centers for Disease Control and Surgeon General:
Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes
Tip Sheets for Parents
Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese
Make an upscale pasta salad that’s company worthy by combining penne pasta, roasted asparagus, tomato, arugula, herbes de Provence and goat cheese and tossing with a lemony vinaigrette.

Serve immediately or cover and chill for 2 hours for a cold pasta salad.

2 cups uncooked penne or mostaccioli (tube-shaped pasta); 12 asparagus spears; 12 cherry tomatoes; 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided; 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided; 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided; 1 tablespoon minced shallots; 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard; 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence; 1 1/2 teaspoons honey; 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved; 2 cups baby arugula; 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese