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School Newsletter Tips - November

Family Meal Time
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. Even once a week is a great start!
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?
Six to eight weeks before your trip is the best time to contact your local Northwestern Health Unit office. Information about your trip will be collected and nurses will prepare a travel report based on your destination and the types of activities you will be doing. Appointments will be scheduled to discuss the report and provide travel immunizations. Don’t let a vaccine preventable illness ruin your trip!
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. Visit www.nwhu.on.ca to book your flu shot or call 1-866-468-2240 to make an appointment for you and your family. Flu shots are also available at most area pharmacies.
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