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March is National Nutrition Month! Inspired by National Nutrition Month’s motto “Savor the Flavor,” WIC Nutritionists from Sumner County Health Department designed an interactive program about beans and spices for a 5th grade class at Benny Bills Elementary School. Beans are a great economical source of protein, fiber and iron! Students learned about Indian culture and were introduced to beans and spices from around the world by playing “Beango.” “Beango” is not your traditional Bingo! Students smelled spices such as fresh ginger, cinnamon and curry and learned about types of beans while placing lima bean markers on their “Beango” cards. Students sampled lentil soup, hummus with carrots, purple cauliflower and pita chips, naan bread, and corn and black bean salad to show dishes with beans and spices from around the world. TENNderCare Community Outreach Coordinators demonstrated how to properly brush teeth and answered questions about oral care and yearly physicals. Students took home nutrition handouts, a TENNderCare brochure and a Sumner County Health Department water bottle as well as recipes for each dish served. The students practiced their culinary skills by measuring the amount of red and green lentils needed for the lentil soup recipe, then were given the spices and other ingredients to make the soup at home. A survey conducted at the end of the program showed 100% of the students enjoyed the class!
First things first….how do you pronounce this grain? “KEEN-wah” is gaining popularity for its health benefits. 2013 was named International Year of Quinoa, and it can be found on all continents. Does it really live up to all that hype? Let’s start from the beginning.
Make sure that your child is protected with MMR vaccine. We are now experiencing an unusually large measles outbreak in the U.S. Before traveling, protect your child by making sure that they are up-to-date on vaccinations, especially before traveling abroad.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccines are given as a series of three shots over 6 months to protect against HPV infection and the health problems that HPV infection can cause. Two vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) protect against cervical cancers in women. One vaccine (Gardasil) also protects against genital warts and cancers of females private areas. Both vaccines are available for females. Only Gardasil is available for males. Gardasil is the vaccine that we widely use in Sumner County. HPV vaccines offer the best protection to girls and boys who receive all three vaccine doses and have time to develop an immune response before being sexually active. HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years. This is the only vaccine that is currently available . The vaccine is new and parents and caretakers have expressed some questions and concerns about the vaccine. If you want to discuss this with a healthcare professional, call your physician or local Health Department or go to www.cdc.gov. This website also has a detailed discussion on HPV dosage and uses.
How many of you remember the big transition from elementary to middle school? I remember how nervous I was about changing classrooms and not having a single room to be in all day. I remember going shopping for school clothes that were going to reflect the level of maturity I felt leaving elementary school behind. There are lots of thing to do to get ready for this transition and one of those things is to get the immunizations required by the school for Middle School admission. As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off. Plus, older kids can also develop risks for other diseases. Health check-ups and sports or camp physicals can be a good opportunity for your preteens and teens to get the recommended vaccines.
People often tell me they don’t eat breakfast. Some of the reasons they give are: “I don’t have time”, “I don’t like breakfast foods”, or “I’m just not hungry”. So what’s the deal with 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, and yet fewer than half of us eat breakfast regularly?
When I was 3 years old, I had almost every childhood disease that existed. I had Mumps, Strep infection, followed by Scarlet Fever, and the Measles, Rubeola is the medical term. I remember lying in bed with the curtains pulled and lights off because my eyes were so watery, having to stay in bed, having a feverand a blotchy rash and even having to eat my meals in bed. I got so tired of having to stay in bed. It took about a week to get over. This happened to me in the decade before the measles vaccination program began. At that time, an estimated 3–4 million people in the United States were infected each year, of whom 400–500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and another 1,000 developed chronic disabilities from measles encephalitis. Then, in 1963 the Measles vaccine was introduced and as people started getting the vaccine the numbers of measles cases dropped so much, that people don't remember how bad it was to have the disease. As more people are vaccinated, we protect those in our midst who are too young to take the vaccine as well because they aren't exposed to the disease. Recently, in TN, we have had a small outbreak of the Measles. 18 states have had outbreaks this year. Some of these cases have been from traveling to countries that don't have measles immunization programs on par with the United States. Some parents have been afraid to vaccinate their children due to fears of autism and a link with the MMR vaccine. Much research has been done and has proven that there is not a link between the vaccine and autism. Being properly vaccinated is critical in preventing measles. As it gets time to get ready for the school immunization season, discuss the importance of vaccines with your health care provider and make the decision that is best for you and your family. For more information go to CDC.gov
This past week I was speaking to a childhood friend and they mentioned they do not have any friends. I started to think about that statement and suggested they join facebook and start tweeting and speed dating etc. They laughed and the conversation changed, however, I started thinking about that and what we post on social websites and how that describes us to strangers, family and friends. When you post on your facebook, twitter, etc. does it show the healthy happy person you want portrayed, or just the opposite? I'm sure at some point we all have posted something and wished we could take it back. So from this day forward lets make a decision to be more social savvy realizing what you put out there on the world wide web could paint the wrong picture of the true you. May all your days (and post) be happy and healthy!!!!
Now that 2014 is here, we've all made resolutions to change our everyday lifestyle whether that is stop smoking, exercise more, or eat healthier. With a new year comes many new opportunities for positive change. How do you plan to keep your resolutions? Well a good method to try is not to take on to much too soon. In the next twelve months what do you want to accomplish? What changes would you like to see in yourself? Do you want to be the same person on January 1, 2014 as you were on December 31, 2013? Why not start small and lets see what 2014 brings us. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
With the weather getting colder, many of us are developing little sniffs, coughs, and runny noses. Well a good thing to do to prevent this is to practice eating healthty fruits and vegetables daily. This not only helps with managing weight over the holidays but always helps to build a strong immune system to fight infections. A flu shot wouldnt hurt either....
We’ve all seen it: a busy road with lots of stores but no sidewalks. Or there’s a bus stop, but it’s situated in a ditch with no bench or sidewalk. We easily notice a deficit of what would be appropriate infrastructure – and the benefits that would come from investment in that infrastructure – but who exactly is in charge of building the sidewalks? And how might we convince those decision-makers that the presence of sidewalks or bike lanes or greenways in our communities is a good idea?
The Sumner County Health Council was developed after a meeting between Tennessee Department of Health Community Development Staff and local county officials. The County Health Department Director along with the Regional Community Development Staff collaborated in January of 1997 to develop a list of potential council members.