Friendship Elementary School in Buford, Ga., works to address public health challenges by providing its elementary students with education and skills to improve their health and well-being through the school's wellness program, as well as making a local impact on childhood obesity.
For this work, the school was named one of the five 2013 Partner Up! for Public Health Heroes, a recognition granted by the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Partner Up! for Public Health campaign.
There has been a lot of information in the news lately concerning childhood obesity. Research suggests this generation of students may not live longer than their parents. Because students spend the majority of their time in school, Hall County School System recognizes its important role in helping to reverse this trend, so that our students will live healthy, productive lives.
On the individual level, our school nurses have weighed and measured your child to see how he/she is growing. Body Mass Index (BMI) looks at a child’s growth as compared to typical children of the same age group and gender. BMI is one of many measurements and is commonly used by pediatricians to help determine who may be at future risk for health and nutrition problems. BMI is only a measurement to be used as a starting point; it is NOT a diagnostic tool. Because your child is growing, comparing growth over time is more important than a onetime measurement.
We are all very excited about the Wellness education being presented this year at Friendship. As we go through the year, we would like to share some success stories we are hearing from our students about changes being made in their families.
A parent of one of our 1st grade students (Shelbi Grace in Mrs. Sheridan's class) wrote the following email to let us know the impact the Wellness Initiative has had on her child.
"Last night we returned home from 'trick-or-treating'. We had about five kids spill out their candy onto our kitchen table and floor to see what all they had received. While four of the children ripped open their candy and began eating it, I noticed Shelbi Grace step behind the kitchen counter. I followed her and asked her what she was doing. She said, "I think I just want a healthy snack now." I then watched her pick up a whole green apple and eat it while all the others sat and gorged on candy! - You guys are doing something right! Thanks!"
This is the ultimate goal. To be the positive influence that leads our students to make life long wellness changes in their lives.
* 75 % of the body is made up of water
* 80% of the brain is made up of water
* 75% of the muscles ar made up of water
* 92% of the blood is made up of water
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Water helps convert food into energy
* Water regulates body temperatures
* 1% dehydration results in thirst
* There is a 10% decrease in your mental performance when you feel thirsty
* 2% dehydration reduces your ability to work
* 4% dehydration results in lethargy, apathy and mental symptoms
**If you are dehydrated you are more likely to have trouble concentrating, be more irritable and have more headaches.
Research has shown that students who hydrate well do better in school. Recommended quantities of water for school age children range from 50 oz for a five year old to 60 oz for a ten year old. The minimum fluid intake recommended for adults or children over 100 pounds can be figured by taking your weight and dividing it by 2. (Example: 100 pounds = 50 ounces of water per day).
Students should drink often throughout the day. You should drink more if you have been sweating or if you are playing sports. Water is the best source of hydration for your body. Soft drinks are not a healthy choice for hydration and will actually make you dehydrate faster so they can be detrimental if you are playing sports. Sports drinks are good if you have been playing sports or exercising for more than 40 minutes. Milk and juice are healthy as part of your diet, but they also contain calories, which should be considered to maintain a healthy weight.
For more information on proper hydration of your school age child, visit www.kendrickfincher.org.