Most of us have either friends or relatives that have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, or even have had our own personal experience with this. Screening is crucial to early diagnosis and effective treatment. This is a good time to remind most moms to calendar their mammogram. But what about our students? For many different reasons, it is less common for teenage girls to be learning and practicing BSE (Breast Self Exam). BSE is an essential skill young women need to learn and integrate into their regular self-care routine. Daisy Wheel is an app that’s easy to use and very instructive on how to regularly perform this important self-care function. I encourage you to use this tool or others you may find useful to review this important self-screening with your daughters. For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website. Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.
This week I attended an excellent nutrition conference for healthcare providers on plant-based nutrition. Including more (or any!) fruits and vegetables in our students’ day (and ours!) is healthy for everyone. DailyDozen is an app that helps keep track of healthy foods to eat during the day, and also includes resourceful videos with nutrition information.
I want to share a valuable resource from the American Lung Association that parents can use to begin a dialogue about vaping. The website is very informative and you can download The Conversation Guide HERE.
I am also including more resources on my Google School Nurse Website.
Please call me to discuss concerns you have if you think or know your student is vaping.
Dvora Citron, RN, MS
Acalanes School Nurse
I wanted to share a few resources on upcoming programs online that I think are pertinent for many students and families:
Sept 17, 5-6:30pm Mindfulness and ADHD
Sept 25, 7pm Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety
If you go to these programs, please let me know what you think!
Teens need NINE hours of sleep each night. Read this excellent resource from UCLA.
Parents, help your student protect their sleep schedule. Sit down with them and help them look at their daily schedule to make choices about their most important activities.
Try using this Daily Time Management Grid.