Health Observances

February 2016

February is Heart Month.  Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure.  People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure.  High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important. It's easy to get your blood pressure checked. You can get screened at your doctor's office and drugstores or even check it yourself at home, using a home blood pressure monitor.  To read more about the dangers of high blood pressure visit

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October 2015
October is Eat Better,  Eat Together Month!
The Eat Better, Eat Together observance can really help with meal times at home as well.
According to Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, family meals provide nutrients that 
kids need to grow strong and healthy, such as calcium, fiber and iron. Other benefits of eating 
together include:

  • Encourages family togetherness
  • Positive mealtimes help family members know each other and feel that they belong.
  • Children set roots for a lifetime as they experience their family’s values and traditions.
  • Fosters happy, well-adjusted kids
  • Teenagers are less likely to smoke cigarettes, use marijuana, use illegal drugs and drink alcohol.
  • Teens are less likely to be depressed and generally have better self-esteem.
  • Kids can feel accepted by their family and may not need to seek approval from the wrong crowd.
  • Helps kids do better in school
  • Table talk gives youth a safe place to express their ideas and increases their confidence. 
  • Parents are more likely to know about deadlines for homework, upcoming test days and ways they can be involved with how their children are doing in school.
  • Provides better nutrition
  • Dinners at home are more likely to include nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups: vegetable, fruit, milk, grain and meat/beans. They are less likely to have too much fat and sugar.
  • Cooking together teaches children how to plan meals, prepare food and clean up.
  • Helps prevent weight problems
  • Children and teens are less likely to be overweight since they learn to eat healthy meals.
  • Teens are more likely to make unwise food choices when they are eating away from home.
  • Saves time and money
  • Save money by making larger family “batches” than buying individual or fast food meals.
 To read more about Eat Better, Eat Together visit october-is-eat-better-eat-together-month.

August 2015                                   

These health and safety tips address issues of backpack safety, transportation, bullying prevention, nutrition, before- and after-school childcare, study habits, and more. For additional health considerations, you may want to review Back to School Family Checklist provided by the National Association of School Nurses.

May 2015

Relay For Life
        Moore County School System Celebrates Another
Year with Relay for Life! 
                              Thank you to all who helped make this year special!