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2019-2020 Talking Health

Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) Resources


Importance of Handwashing

General Preventative Measures
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
What we are doing at Parkland School District
  • Disinfecting desks, door knobs, school bus seats, phones and all public areas each evening
  • Increasing the availability of hand sanitizer (all high use areas already have wall-mounted stations)
  • Posting flyers throughout public areas and restrooms about how to (Stop the Prevention of Germs)
  • Rotating whole room disinfection machines through school nurse suites and athletic areas
Parkland Resources
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On average, Americans working full-time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace. For this reason, it’s important to improve the quality of life at work. Are you off your feet for more than an hour at a time? Consider these healthy habits to help tackle a sedentary workstation and to overcome a mid-afternoon slump. Looking for ways to stop sabotaging your diet during the workday? These tips will help curb temptation and master willpower with the breakroom’s endless supply of snacks.



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The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food. And, contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without putting on the extra pounds!

On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn’t dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy the foods of holiday festivities without letting calories—or guilt—weigh you down, and without being mad at yourself in January. Avoid extra pounds through mindful eating in moderation and simple strategies for dining without depriving yourself. 


 Reference: Penn State PRO Wellness <>

What Parents Should Know According to the American Lung Association

There is no FDA oversight of the manufacturing of these products – which means there is no oversight regarding potentially harmful ingredients.

Are e-cigarettes less harmful than cigarettes?

Is there a difference between e-cigarettes and JUULing?

There is no FDA oversight of the manufacturing of these products – which means there is no oversight regarding potentially harmful ingredients.

  • E-cigarettes almost always contain harmful ingredients including nicotine.
  •  Acrolein, a known ingredient of many e-cigarettes, causes irreversible lung damage. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and can harm the developing brain.
  • The most popular e-cigarette among teens is JUUL
    • All JUUL pods contain some nicotine – something many youth don’t realize.
    • According to the manufacturer, one JUUL pod may contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
  • No e-cigarette has been found to be safe and effective by FDA in helping smokers quit.
  • No. JUULs may look different, but they’re actually a type of e-cigarette.
  • E-cigarettes are battery powered and deliver nicotine through a liquid which turns into an aerosol.
  • The e-liquids come in fruit flavors that appeal to youth. JUUL is more discrete and looks like a USB drive. Other e-cigarettes may look like phones.
  • Cartridge-based e-cigarettes like JUUL contain nicotine salts that do not produce vapor or visible emissions when the device is used and may make the product even more addictive.
  • JUUL claims that some of its pods have roughly as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.


2018-2019 Talking Health

Does the very mention of potty training fill you with dread? Parents and caregivers play a key role in this training with direction, motivation and reinforcement. It can be stressful for parents and children alike, but don’t fret. Prepare for the potty training process with these practical tips and suggestions that will reassure you during any setbacks or obstacles. 

Infographic: What your pee color means  


Health & Wellness Council

Contact Information

Sheri Fredrick-Deeb
Supervisor of Health Services & Wellness

Lori Seier
Director Food Services

Health & Wellness Triennial Assessment

First page of the PDF file: HWTriennialAssessment