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School Newsletter Tips - November

November
 
Family Meals
Meal preparation can be a fun activity for the whole family. It helps to build children’s healthy food habits, teaches them how to cook and teaches them where their food comes from. Get your family involved in food preparation and enjoy family meals. Role model healthy habits by eating around a table and not in front of the television. 
Protect Your Teeth When Playing Sports
  • Approximately 1/3 of all dental injuries are sports-related
  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard
Protect your children’s teeth, make sure that they always wear a mouth guard when playing sports!
Have travel plans this winter?
If you are planning travel this year, be sure to check www.travel.gc.ca. They have health information specific to your destination. Find out if you (and your family) are due for any immunizations, don’t let a vaccine preventable illness ruin your trip. Visit www.nwhu.on.ca and click on Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON) to view your record online!
Preventing influenza
Flu shots are important for your whole family. Children are the best responders to flu shots so will have the most impact on protecting those who cannot receive a flu shot in your family and community. Stop by your local pharmacy to get your shot! Children under 5 cannot get flu shots at pharmacies and are a priority group for the Northwestern Health Unit. Visit www.nwhu.on.ca or call us to make an appointment for you and your family.
Why would someone visit a Sexual Health Clinic if he/she has never had sex?
  • Questions about puberty
  • Problems with your periods
  • Questioning your sexuality
  • Healthy relationship questions
  • Thinking of becoming sexually active
  • Drug and alcohol questions
Contact your local Health Unit for more information
​Canadian Paediatric Society says ATV’s are not for kids!
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be dangerous, especially for children. The Canadian Paediatric Society says that children younger than 16 years should not operate ATVs. They don’t have the strength, skills, or experience to handle ATVs safely. They also state that children should never ride as a passenger on ATVs. ATVs are meant to be used by a single driver. Passengers can affect the balance and make it hard for the driver to stay in control. For more information visit www.caringforkids.cps.ca.
Build Your Best Day!
This fun and interactive website helps kids learn more about the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. Visit buildyourbestday.com
Preventing Bullying
The most important things to tell a child who is being bullied are:
  • It’s not your fault.
  • It can be stopped. 
  • It’s okay to ask for help.
  • Don’t fight back – more violence or hurtful words will not solve the problem.
  • You have a right to protect yourself — find ways to stay safe and get the support you need. 
  • I will help you or find someone who can.
If you know​ a young person who is struggling with a problem, big or small, encourage them to contact Kids Help Phone.  It’s free, anonymous, confidential and available 24/7/365; kidshelpphone.ca or 1-800-668-6868.