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Facts about backpacks

Used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry all the books, supplies and personal items needed for a typical school day. Backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. However, backpacks that are too heavy or carried incorrectly can injure muscles or joints and contribute to back pain and other problems.

The proper backpack is:                                                                                                                                                                                            

  • No wider than the user’s chest
  • Worn no higher than the base of the neck
  • Worn no lower than 2 to 4 inches below the waist
  • Supported by a waist or a chest strap
  • Made of lightweight material

A good backpack has:

  • A padded back
  • Several compartments
  • Side compression straps
  • A waist or chest strap
  • Reflectors
  • Two wide, padded shoulder straps

How to use a backpack

To wear it

  • Facing the backpack, bend your knees, hold the backpack with both hands, and straighten your knees to lift it to waist height.
  • Apply one shoulder strap at a time.
  • Be sure to always use both shoulder straps.
  • Snugly adjust it between your neck and the curve of your lower back using the shoulder straps (the closer the backpack is to your body, the less strain it will cause).

To load it

  • Keep it light – pack only what is needed for the day.
  • Place the heaviest objects so they will be closest to your back.
  • Use compartments to distribute the weight and keep things from sliding.
  • Hand-carry heavy books to avoid excessive weight in the backpack.
  • Clean it out daily.

Backpack weight

If a backpack forces the wearer to lean forward, it’s overloaded and some items should be removed. Carrying an overloaded backpack can cause discomfort and, over time, lead to back injuries and other problems.

If the backpack weighs more than 15 percent of the carrier’s weight, it’s too heavy. To determine the proper maximum weight for a backpack, multiply the user’s body weight by 0.15. If a heavier load is unavoidable, consider using a backpack with wheels.

Carrying too much weight or wearing a backpack the wrong way can lead to:

  • Muscle fatigue
  • Poor posture
  • Painful shoulders
  • Back and neck pain
  • Injuries from tripping and falling

What do I put in my student’s lunch box instead of peanut butter?

 

It may seem that there is nothing else that he/she will eat. Keep an open mind and be creative. Include your student in planning, purchasing and preparing a healthful lunch.  Kids are often more likely to try a new food if they help prepare it.  You can research new recipes together in books or on the computer.  Listed below are a few ideas.

 

Sandwiches:

  • Lean meat and/or cheese (try something “new”…turkey, cream cheese and cranberry sauce)
  • Cream cheese and jelly or jam
  • Refried beans (add corn, olives, cheese, etc.)
  • Additions:       lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers (maybe even sprouts!!)

 

Place fillings in whole wheat bread, bagels, pita or pocket breads, corn tortilla shells or flat wraps.

Kids can also be creative and cut sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters and then make designs with dried and fresh fruit (such as raisins and mandarin oranges).

 

Ants on a log: Celery sticks with cream cheese and raisins.

 

Apple Sandwich:  Core and slice an apple crosswise.  Make a sandwich with the apples, using cheddar or ricotta cheese in the middle.

 

Chilled pasta salad:  Make a chilled pasta salad with your choice of pasta shape and color, the dressing of your choice, and one of the following combinations:

  • Thinly sliced carrots, snow peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes
  • Broccoli and tuna or ham chunks
  • Zucchini, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and lima beans or frozen green peas
  • Chicken and snow peas
  • Corn and lima beans
  • Anything else you can think of…..be creative!

 

Veggies and dip:  Cut up vegetables, such as celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers and pack with a container of dressing or dip.

 

Chicken and apple salad:  Cut an apple into chunks; add chicken cubes, seedless grapes, and celery.

 

Thermos ideas:

  • Pasta and sauce
  • Chicken, bean or vegetable soup (again….be creative!)
  • Rice with beans/meat and veggies and add the sauce of your choice (cajun, teriyaki, etc.)
  • Thinly cooked potatoes with peas and carrots. Add meat slices or bacon pieces.

 

 

 

FREE Dental Care April 6th and April 20th, 2018

FRIDAY DENTAL DAYS
Throughout the school year, Friday clinics will be scheduled for our student needs. This opportunity is brought to us by
White Bird Dental Clinic and Oregon Community Foundation


All Bethel students are eligible regardless of ability to pay.

To take advantage of this convenient and great service, forms are available at each school Health Room and at Bethel Health Center.

Fill out an application and return it to your school office. You will receive a call to schedule the appointment.

If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card to the appointment.

If the hygienist noticed possible dental need at a school screening, you will also receive a phone call offering help to get care.

Questions?

Call White Bird Dental and mention the Bethel Friday clinics. 541-344-8302

Bethel Health Center is located inside Cascade Middle School. The entrance is on the north side of the building. Look for the awning.   1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A

 

Click on Link for Application: Dental Permission Form

Do you have a headache?

Before you take a pill for headache, try the following:

  • Eat something (eat regular meals)
  • Drink water (dehydration may cause headaches)
  • Get a good night’s sleep (get regular sleep)
  • Limit caffeine, alcohol and other drugs
  • Reduce stress

Here are some non-drug treatments for headaches:

  • Proper nutrition; eat regular meals, but if you missed a meal, eat a nutritious snack such as a piece of fruit, low fat cheese, or crackers.
  • Good hydration
  • Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing; deep slow breaths, hold your breath for several seconds, then exhale slowly and completely.
  • Stretching exercises; turn your head to one side, as if looking over your shoulder. Place your finger on the opposite chin and gently push your head, place the other hand on the other side and on top of your head and gently help your head rotate. hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.
  • Ice pack on your forehead, temples or the nape of your neck for 10 minutes.
  • Warm pack for 10 minutes. Same as above, or if you are home, take a nice warm shower.
  • Rest in a dark room for 10 minutes.
  • Take time out from stressful situations, try thinking about relaxing things such as lying on the beach and enjoying the warm sun.
  • Acupressure; apply gentle, steady, rotating pressure to pressure points on your skull or hand. Pressure points are located on your forehead, along the base of your skull and between your index finger and thumb.

If you have tried all of the above, and you still have a headache, it may be necessary to take an over the counter pill such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Make sure to follow package directions. If you have headaches more than once a week, or if your headaches really interfere with your daily life, make an appointment with your pediatrician to find out what is causing your headaches.

Also, see your doctor if your headache occurred after a head injury, if you have seizures or convulsions, the pain is extreme, wake you up at night, have visual problems, fever or vomiting with your headache.

 

 

Get some sleep

If you wish you could get more done in a day, you might start by focusing on how you spend your nights. Research shows that people who regularly sleep less than 7 hours a night perform as poorly as those who have not slept for one to three days.  Lack of sleep also leads to higher mortality rates and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  So, as you are making your to-do list, don’t forget to include plenty of sleep.  Source: Newsweek.com

Encourage your child to be active!

 

Physical activity is important to keep children healthy. Children should be getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Encourage them to turn off the TV, video games, and computer and get active!

 

  • Give them the opportunity to try new sports and activities
  • Walk: the dog, to and from school, laps at the mall, or a family walk to the park
  • Provide a dog walking service for friends and family that can’t walk their pets
  • Suggest that your child try something new like martial arts or dance
  • Go to your neighborhood pool for open swim, lessons, swim team, aqua aerobics
  • The opportunities are endless. Get moving and have fun!!!

On March 9th and March 23rd a dentist will be at the Bethel Health Center to provide

FREE Dental Care!

FRIDAY DENTAL DAYS
is brought to us by
White Bird Dental Clinic and Oregon Community Foundation


All Bethel students are eligible regardless of ability to pay.

To take advantage of this convenient and great service, forms are available at the schools and at Bethel Health Center.

Fill out the form, and return it to your Health Assistant in the front office and you will receive a call to schedule the appointment.

If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card to the appointment.

If the hygienist noticed possible dental need at a school screening, you will also receive a phone call offering help to get care.

Questions?

Call Evelyn Sagastume White Bird Dental 541-344-8302

Bethel Health Center is located inside Cascade Middle School. The entrance is on the north side of the building. Look for the plants.   1525 Echo Hollow Rd Suite A

 

Please click on link for application: Dental Permission Form and dental-permission-form

 

 

To help parents get their child’s immunizations up-to-date for this year’s Exclusion Day, Lane County Public Health’s Communicable Disease section will be hosting a 2-day immunization clinic, Tuesday February 20 and Wednesday, February 21.

The clinic will take place on the 3rd floor, in Room 310, at Lane County Health & Human Services Charnelton Building at 151 W. 7th Ave. from 8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Families who live in Springfield and neighboring communities can call Community Health Centers of Lane County Clinics at (541) 682-3550 to schedule an appointment at one of the other Community Health Centers of Lane County Clinics.

Immunization exclusion day is Wednesday the 21st of February for students lacking required immunizations. Immunizations are the best way to protect your child from serious disease and illness.

 

 

GET YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS!

 

THERE ARE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OREGON STUDENTS TO STAY IN SCHOOL.  BE SURE YOUR CHILD IS NOT EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st  FOR LACK OF IMMUNIZATIONS.

 

YOUR CHILD CAN RECEIVE THESE IMMUNIZATIONS

AT THE BETHEL HEALTH CENTER! PLEASE CALL FOR

AN APPOINTMENT, NO WALK-IN’S.

 

WHERE: BETHEL HEALTH CENTER

                   1525 ECHO HOLLOW RD, SUITE A

                               PHONE: 541-607-1430

 

WHO:       All BETHEL STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE NEEDED VACCINES INCLUDING THOSE WITH NO INSURANCE.  MOST INSURANCES ARE ACCEPTED.

 

COST:       PAYMENT BASED ON INCOME LEVEL AND INSURANCE STATUS. CHECKS, CASH AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

 

PLEASE BRING YOUR CHILD’S

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS WITH YOU

When they were little, you locked cabinets, covered outlets and taught them to use seat belts. They need a helping hand now more than ever.

For more information explore these links:

www.preventionlane.org/teen-proof

 www.preventionlane.org/contact