Employee Health and Wellness
Epinephrine Auto-injector Safety
We are seeing an increase in generic epinephrine auto-injectors prescribed for our students. Most of the generic auto-injectors do NOT have the safety feature of a built-in needle protection device (Such as the orange needle cover in an EpiPen®. This device automatically extends when the dose is administered and the EpiPen® Auto-Injector is removed from the injection site).
Be careful not to prick yourself after administration of a generic epinephrine auto-injector since the needle will be protruding from the end of the injector. Discuss with your School Nurse the exact type of epinephrine auto-injector that your student has and the safe disposal measures needed if used.
"Learn and Live"®
Go Red for Women
Go Red For Women is a national movement founded by the American Heart Association to help women to fight back against the No. 1 killer of American women, heart disease. Go Red For Women celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. http://www.goredforwomen.org/index.aspx
Visit our Interactive Cardiovascular Library for animations that help explain high blood pressure and many other cardiovascular diseases.
American Heart Association Healthy Lifestyles (Healthy Lifestyle Habits and links to health tools)
"The job of the body’s immune system is to identify and destroy germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that make you sick. A food allergy results when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein – an allergen – as a threat and attacks it. Studies indicate that 16-18% of school-age children who have food allergies have had a reaction in school. In addition, in approximately 25% of the reactions that occur at school, the student had not yet been diagnosed with food allergy" FARE
Visit the FARE web site at http://www.foodallergy.org/about-food-allergies
September - Head Lice Prevention Month
The CDC has an interactive web site filled with information, tips and interactive tools about head lice at https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/
High Blood Pressure Awareness
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined in an adult as a systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher and/or a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
Systolic (top number)
less than 120
140 or higher
Diastolic (bottom number)
less than 80
90 or higher
mm Hg = millimeters of mercury
- Healthy Meal Planning
- Meal Planning and Shopping
- Shopping for Fruits and Vegetables
- Grow Your Own: A Vegetable Garden How-To Guide
- What Fruits and Vegetables are in Season?
- Insider's Viewpoint:Expert Supermarket Advice
- Fruits and Vegetables on a Budget
- Top 10 Meal Planning and Shopping Tips
- Quick Guide to Getting More Fruits & Vegetables and more...
Southington Health Department
Look to this site for links to interesting Public Health information and reports regarding the town and residents of Southington. The telephone number for the Southington Health Department is 860-276-6275.
Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy;
- Promoting physical and mental health, and
- Preventing disease, injury, and disability.
CT DPH Shingles Fact Sheet: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=388376
"Protecting and Promoting Your Health"
The Food and Drug Administration is the government agency responsible for regulating food, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, biologics and blood products in the United States.
To go to the FDA Home Page click here.
To receive consumer health alerts from the FDA by email click on this link below and then click on the "Sign up for Consumer Updates by e-mail" link at the upper left of the page:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Your online source for credible health information."
One of the goals of the CDC is to help all people achieve their optimal lifespan with the best possible quality of health in every stage of life.
The CDC Healthy Living site provides information on a wide variety of health topics. Please click here to visit the site.
American Lung Association®
"Improving Life, One Breath at a Time"
The ALA 's mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. This site includes information on asthma, allergies, smoking cessation and air quality.
American Cancer Society®
The ACS is a national organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer and saving lives.
Any information found here is not meant to take the place of your doctor’s recommendations and treatments. If you have any concerns about your health, please contact your physician immediately for further advice.
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