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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support. Each year in the United States approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer. Many childhood cancers have much higher survival rates when they are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. Unfortunately, childhood cancers are sometimes overlooked or misdiagnosed because early symptoms are mistakenly attributed to more common injuries or illnesses. It is recommended that children have regular medical check-ups, and that parents pay close attention to the development of unusual signs or chronic symptoms, such as:
Each month, members of the Wellness Committee compile resources that get shared district-wide. We call these our "Monthly Awareness Campaigns." Below are the resources we have sent out recently.

November 2017

Pancreatic Awareness

Caregivers Support Group

Healthy Skin

October 2017

National Depression & Mental Health Screening Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Across the world, thousands of schools, communities, organizations,& people will come together to campaign and raise awareness to STOP bullying!
Wednesday Oct. 21, it's called Unity Day and everyone is encouraged to wear orange! (Rachael challenge shirts)
October is a GREAT time that all of Wayne Highlands can just reinforce what we all already know & reiterate how important it is that we work together to help prevent bullying!!!!
Stop is a great site to gather info on cyber bullying, who is a risk, how to help prevent, & how to respond !!! is another site ~ it has days of the week and gives examples of what teachers could talk to students about ... check it out! Or
Lastly the more awareness that is created during the month of October-- and all year round, we are one step closer to putting and end to bullying!!!

Below are some helpful links on how to balance Work and Family Life:
These are strategies of finding balance between work and family.
Advice and support for families struggling to find balance.

June 2017

Live Well Work Well

May 2017

Lyme Disease Prevention Month

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks, and on the West Coast, black-legged ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Although people may think of Lyme as an East Coast disease, it is found throughout the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries.
For more information about Lyme Disease and prevention, check out

Arthritis Awareness Month

What is arthritis? It is an informal way of referring to more than 100 types of joint disease that affect 53 million adults!!! ( )

-Arthritis affects yes, 53 million adults - it affects 1 in every 5 adults in the U.S.
-that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030
-almost 300,000 babies, kids, & teens have arthritis
- arthritis is the Nations no.1 cause of disability!

Moving in May..... There is no better time than now, arthritis awareness month to get physically active! EXERCISE is so important for people with arthritis. It increases strength & flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Go to for more info on this

The 12 Best Foods for Arthritis ~

2-Soybeans, tofu or edamame
3-Extra virgin Olive Oil
4-Cherries.... Also red & purple fruit
5-Don't Ditch Dairy ~ low fat dairy is rich in calcium and Vit. D
6- Broccoli ... Green leafy vegetables best
7- Go Green- Green Tea
8-Sink into Citrus...oranges,lemons, limes
9-Go with Grain- whole grains
10-Beans- red, kidney, and pinto
11- Garlic
12-Nuts- walnuts,pine nuts,pistachios, & almonds

Go to .... To read more on these 12 foods
There is just so much information out there about understanding this condition, visit this website for ever more info and statistics

Healthy Vision Month

Blood Pressure Awareness

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April 2017

Stress Awareness

April is stress awareness month. Below, please find some simple tips to get stress in check and regain control of your life.
Stress Mangement Tips

National Infant Immunization Week

March 2017

National Colorectal Awareness MonthMarch is colorectal cancer awareness month and, if you’re over 50, March is a good time to get screened for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women and is also one of the most preventable. Regular screening starting at age 50 is important since most early colorectal cancers do not produce symptoms.
The good news is that colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, especially when detected early. Most colorectal cancers develop from noncancerous polyps and removing these polyps can markedly reduce your risk of getting colorectal cancer.
Precancerous polyps and colorectal cancer don’t always cause symptoms especially at first. You could have polyps or colorectal cancer and not know it. That is why having a screening test is so important. If you have symptoms, they may include—

  • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement)
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why

For more facts about colorectal screening and cancer please visit:

MS Awareness Week

March 5 – 11, 2017
What Is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.

You can help ensure that more people understand what life with MS can be like, and engage more people to do something about it. When we connect with one another, we become stronger than MS — we make breakthroughs that we could not do alone.

What is a breakthrough? It’s being able button your shirt in the morning. It’s walking to the supermarket, and all the way back home. It’s getting back up on that bike, that surfboard, that horse. It’s having the first dance at your daughter’s wedding. Feeling strong enough to fall in love. Continuing that job you were made for.

Together we are Stronger. Together we will Breakthrough MS.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

What are Developmental Disabilities?
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.
Click on the link below to find out some information.

Click below to find out different types of Developmental Disabilities:

For more information, click below:

February 2017

National Eating Disorders Awareness Month

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 26 - March 4 this year!

Did you know that 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their life! They often live in the shadows and most don't ever get the help they deserve. This week is to shine a spotlight on eating disorders and put life saving resources into the hands of those in need.

- has all the information on this .....
The NEDA helpline is often the initial step for those suffering...
~call 1-800-931-2237
~click to chat
~text NEDA to 741741

They offer ...parent tools, educator tools, coach and athlete tools. They show warning signs and symptoms and offer free screening. This 1 website has so much to help with this global problem. Go to
Facebook...#Nedawareness to see what else is happening this week to promote awareness!

Heart Health Month

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January 2017

Birth Defects Prevention Month

December 2016


November 2016

Diabetes Awareness

Alzheimer's Awareness

October 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. However, with early detection and treatment, you can greatly improve your chance of survival. By clicking on the link below and plugging in your email, you will receive a 23 page eBook from the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

The eBook includes information about

• What the different types of breast cancer screenings are

• When to perform and schedule screenings for breast cancer

• What resources are available if you are unable to afford these life-saving screenings

plus much, much more...

September 2016

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. The link below leads to a multitude of other links and information on how to make several types of emergency preparedness plan including, but not limited to, emergency communication and individual and community preparedness needs. Please take the time this month to visit the site and start to begin your emergency plans today.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support. Each year in the United States approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer. Many childhood cancers have much higher survival rates when they are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. Unfortunately, childhood cancers are sometimes overlooked or misdiagnosed because early symptoms are mistakenly attributed to more common injuries or illnesses. It is recommended that children have regular medical check-ups, and that parents pay close attention to the development of unusual signs or chronic symptoms, such as:

  • Persistent fever, nausea, or illness, often accompanied by vomiting
  • Tendency to bruise easily
  • Unusual lump or swelling (particularly around the neck, abdomen, chest, pelvis, or armpits)
  • Loss of energy and pale complexion
  • Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
  • Lingering pain in one area of the body
  • Abrupt vision changes
  • A whitish color behind the pupl
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Limping

Genetics may predispose some children to developing a specific type of cancer—if you are concerned that your family history puts your child at a heightened risk, discuss your worries with your child’s pediatrician. He or she may recommend imaging tests (i.e. MRI, x-ray), additional screening tests, and/or a biopsy if your child presents with an abnormal lump or tumor. The biopsy will involve removing some or all of the cells within the tumor for closer examination under a microscope.

Types of Childhood Cancers
Most childhood cancers fall into one of several specific types, as listed below. Common adult cancers (lung, breast, colon, and others) rarely occur in children or adolescents. Childhood cancers tend to be more aggressive than adult cancers.
Childhood cancers are rare, and only specially-trained doctors have the knowledge and experience to properly treat them. In fact, your child needs to be treated by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric oncology physicians and specialists. The team includes the primary care physician, pediatric surgical sub-specialists, radiation oncologists, pediatric medical oncologists/hematologists, rehabilitation specialists, pediatric nurse specialists, social workers, and others. This approach ensures that your child will receive the treatment, supportive care, and rehabilitation therapies that will give him or her, the best chance at not only survival, but a good quality of life.

Bone Cancers
Brain Cancers
Rhabdoid Tumors
Wilms Tumor

There is not one specific organization to donate to during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. There are many reputable organizations and which one to donate to is a personal preference. You may want to donate locally or to a specific person.

March 2016

National Sleep Awareness Month

American Sleep Apnea Association -Questionnaires. Do you have sleep apnea?
Mayo Clinic- Sleep Tips- 7 Steps to Better Sleep

February 2016

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

January 2016

TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury and it is something that we are seeing the effects of more and more. Students, athletes, and even adults are susceptible to these injuries when they participate in various winter activities as well as their chosen sport. Check out the below link below for more information about TBI Awareness!

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The body uses the thyroid glands to make thyroid hormones. The body uses these hormones to use energy, stay warm, and in other areas throughout the body.
Have you been feeling tired, gaining weight, or feeling depressed? It may be a sign to get your thyroid checked.

Here are some resources for more information:

Life can take you higher than drugs *2016 marks the 6th Annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a health observance created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body, and behavior. More than 1,500 educational events and activities were held in 2015 by high schools, community centers, juvenile justice systems, treatment centers, prevention programs, and other organizations across the country to shatter the myths about drugs and addiction.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month (CHAM) and it can make a difference!

We can use this month as an opportunity to spread the word about how women can protect themselves from cervical cancer and what they can do to stay healthy. The major cause of cervical cancer comes from a very common infection called, the Human Papilloma Virus. (HPV) It is spread thorough sexual activity.

There is good news and ways to prevent cervical cancer!!! Here are a few ideas that can make a difference.......
-Encourage women to get well visits this year (Pap tests) and also follow ups. Screenings can find changes in the cervix before the cancer develops. It can also find the cancer early, in its most curable stage.

-Encourage teens, & pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.

-Let woman know that the Health Care Reform Law covers well-woman visits and cervical cancer screenings depending on insurance, woman can get these services at no costs to them.

The American Cancer Society has programs and services available to women with cervical cancer. For help and referrals call the National Cancer Information Center 1-800-227-2343

  • go to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition on line to download facts and info on how to get involved and make a difference
  • Find free/low cost Pap tests in your area
Twitter Chat. #Cervicalhealthmonth Tues, Jan. 12, 2016 @ 2:00pm
Tweet questions to @stophpvcancer news/specialcoverage/cervical-health-awareness-month
Www.NCCC-ONLINE.ORG ( to also learn more)

December 2015

  1. CDC established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
    NIVW is scheduled for December 6-12, 2015.
    1. Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. CDC and its partners want to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine.
    2. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination can provide protection against the flu and should continue.
    3. Even if you haven’t yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with one flu virus, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).

  1. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease.
  2. Another goal of NIVW is to communicate the importance of flu vaccination for people who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
    1. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.
    2. For people at high risk, getting the flu can mean developing serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, or a worsening of existing health conditions, which can lead to hospitalization or death.
    3. A full list of “People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications” is available.

  1. The flu vaccine is the best tool available to protect against this potentially serious disease.
  2. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  3. Despite the unpredictable nature of the flu, you should know:
    1. You need the 2015-2016 flu vaccine for optimal protection against the flu this season.
    2. Yearly vaccination is needed because:
      1. Flu viruses are always changing, and the vaccine is updated each year to better match circulating influenza viruses, and
      2. Immune protection from vaccination declines over time so vaccination is recommended every season for the best protection against the flu.
    3. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to build the antibodies your body needs in order to provide protection against the flu.
    4. In the United States, flu activity is usually highest between December and February and can last as late as May. As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
    5. With flu activity starting to increase and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  1. We hope that NIVW will serve as a reminder to parents and caregivers of children about the importance of flu vaccination in general and the fact that some children may need two doses of flu vaccine this season to be fully protected.
    1. Children 6 months through 8 years old who are getting vaccinated for the first time will need two doses of flu vaccine.
    2. Some children in this age group who have received influenza vaccine previously also will need two doses of vaccine this season to be fully protected.
    3. Your child’s doctor or other health care professional can tell you if your child needs two doses.

  1. There are many choices available for flu vaccine, both in terms of where to get vaccinated and what vaccine to get.
    1. Flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) are available this season. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available.
    2. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores and pharmacies, and health centers, as well as by many employers and schools.
    3. Visit, if you need help finding flu vaccine near you.
    4. The most important thing is for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year, regardless of the vaccine option chosen. If you have questions about which vaccine is best for you, talk to your doctor or other health care professional.

  1. Millions of doses of influenza vaccine have been administered to people safely for decades.
  2. Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu.
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November 2015

November is National Family Health History month with a focus on Thanksgiving Day as part of the Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative that began in 2004.

There is no surprise that family health history plays a major role in how your primary care practitioner takes care of you. So, it is important for all of us this upcoming Thanksgiving Day as we gather with our loved ones, to share and document this information for our health and well-being.

The following website has a tool where you can create “My Family Health Portrait,” which allows you to save it to your own computer and print for your family and doctor visits.

October 2015 (Eye Injury Prevention)

Eye Injury Prevention

Eye injury facts and myths


Common places for eye injuries and prevention tips

Eye safety “toolbox talk”

-Guidance/discussion questions and highlights

Eye safety checklist

September 2015 (Fruits and Veggies, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Yoga)

Fruits & Veggies - More Matters: For information on incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet, visit for more information. This website also contains information on how to choose, store, and cook your fruits and veggies.

Ovarian Cancer:
American Cancer Society
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Upcoming runs or walks supporting awareness


May 2015 (Family Wellness Month, National Allergy Month, Sleep)

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April 2015 (Physical Wellness, Stress and Anxiety)