CDC Healthy Schools: Missouri School Health Successes

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

– [Announcer] We all
know that eating healthy and exercising is important, but it’s especially important for kids when it comes to their
academic achievement. Why? Because research shows
that students perform and behave better in school
when they eat nutritious meals filled with fruits and vegetables, participate in P.E. class,
spend time in recess, are given brief classroom activity breaks, and participate in extracurricular
physical activities. Students can also perform better when school health services are in place to help them manage chronic conditions, like asthma and diabetes. CDC Healthy Schools supports
state level programs that focus on increasing
the health of youth so they can reach their full potential. – In Missouri, we have
nearly 3,000 students in school with either
Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. When the National Diabetes
Education Program updated their guidelines, Helping the
Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, we recognized that our busy school nurses would need a way to efficiently
learn about the updates. The updates included
information about meal planning, carbohydrate counting, using smartphone for
blood glucose tracking, and the first mention of Type 2 diabetes, as well as a section
on psychosocial issues. These are really important
updates for nurses. We collaborated with Carol
Cox at Truman University and Katharine Park, a school nurse in the Parkway School District to develop a rapid e-learning module. Our school nurses love the
rapid e-learning approach, which we call Just in Time Learning. More than half of our 1500
school nurses reviewed the learning module within
the first few months and the evaluations showed a significant increase in knowledge. – [Announcer] CDC Healthy
Schools congratulates the Missouri Department of
Health and Senior Services for their efforts to improve the well-being of their students. To learn more about initiates
happening in your state, be sure to visit the CDC
Healthy Schools website.

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