Is your glass half-full or half-empty? How you answer this question may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and your health. Some studies show that positive thinking is a key part of effective stress management. We can’t avoid all of the stresses in our life, but we can handle them in a positive healthy way. Stress has been linked to headaches, trouble sleeping, a weak immune system, and back pain. When you start to feel stress here are some things you can do:
- Write: Studies show that writing can reduce stress
- Talk: Talking to others and self-talking can help you discover the things that make you feel stressed
- Take a Minute for Yourself: Relax. Try yoga, deep breathing, or taking a quick nap
- Exercise: This can reduce stress and the stress response
- Do Something you Enjoy: Read a book, start gardening, or paint a picture. A meaningful activity helps relieve tension.
Involving the Community
It is important to have support from the parents and the community within your school. Through the Gold Medal Schools™ program your school may be writing new policies, holding a fundraiser, or planning events that require community involvement. Research shows that when parents and the community are involved children are better behaved and more likely to do well in school.
Here are some ideas to involve parents and the community at your school:
- Involve the PTA/PTO: Ask them to help plan your school Olympic Field Day or Health Walk
- Create a School Health Council or add health to your School Community Council meetings
- Ask other organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club or your city recreation department to help with activities
- Involve health professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, or health educators) when writing policies or invite them to give a presentation to your school
- Ask local businesses to donate to your school
- Invite local high school athletes to walk the Gold Medal Mile with the students
Asthma Telehealth Series
The Utah Asthma Program is offering a free quarterly continuing asthma education series. Participation is available via teleconference and web streaming. These trainings will be given the first Tuesday of February, May, August, and November from 12-1PM. To register for this training series visit the Asthma Telehealth Series Website. Please check the website regularly for upcoming programs.
New Year’s Resolutions
This year encourage your students to make New Year’s resolutions. This may be a good time to start on resolutions which can encourage healthy habits at a young age and will last a lifetime. Remember to set age-appropriate ideas and discuss them with your students.
- I will clean up my toys
- I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating
- I will share with others
Kids 5-12 years old
- I will drink milk and water, and limit soda and fruit drinks
- I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing, or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week
- I will always wear a helmet when bicycling
- I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school