It Takes a Village Health Newsletter


NURSING - Vicki Goss RN, Sage Parent
With cases of head lice still creeping up at Sage, it’s a good idea to check your child’s hair often. 
 Remember, good grooming and hygiene will not keep your child from getting lice if he or she comes in direct contact with it.  Please remind your child not to share hats, scarves, coats, combs, brushes or hair accessories with anyone.   


Inspect your child’s hair with close attention to behind the ears and along the back of the neckline.  Look for lice that are clear or brownish color, or nits that cling to the scalp. If you find your child has head lice, there are several over-the-counter remedies available.  You will want to check other family members and treat at the same time if needed. Linens and recently worn clothes should also be washed.  The school should be notified immediately, and your child can return to school once treatment has been started.  It is important to recheck for lice after approximately 14 days later to make sure treatment was effective (NASN, 2014). 


National Association of School Nurses (2014). Headfirst Lice Lessons.   


to our first Health Newsletter at S
age International School. This newsletter is a project from Vicki Goss, a Sage parent of an 8th grader and Kindergartner. It is an on-line newsletter to reach the student and parent population at Sage International School with the idea that healthier students lead to less intervention, less absenteeism and less distraction from learning.  Vicky build partnerships with healthcare providers in our community to educate us by providing health information to keeping us families healthy. Our hope is that you will use the health information and refer back to it when needed. Please let us know what you like to see here and tell us what you think. 


Petra Schwarthoff 

(Sage Community Network)

DENTISTRYPam Collins, RDH, Idaho Family Dental 


Desserts abound this time of year.  Treats, in moderation, are satisfying but, in the absence of good daily oral care, today’s sweets can turn into a poor check up in the spring. Prepare your kids for strong teeth through the winter season: 


Everyone who has teeth should floss between every tooth, every night.  Even the most thorough tooth brushing will leave food remnants in between the teeth and those remnants are a significant cause of cavities in children.  Children lack the hand coordination to brush thoroughly until age 8 or 9, so parents, please assist children and supervise older kids to ensure proper brushing. A good rule for children is to brush for three minutes.  After bedtime flossing and brushing make sure that no food or beverages (except water) is consumed, as this lingers in the mouth at night and is a perfect recipe for tooth decay.  


Start the day with a three-minute, thorough tooth brushing and enjoy those holiday treats (in moderation). 

MENTAL HEALTH- Teresa Goicoechea, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, Sage Counselor 


Have fun this Holiday Season—it’s good for your mental health!           So often this “wonderful” time of the year can also be filled with           stress, anxiety, and even depression. Here are a few practical ideas for making them fun and memorable: 

  • Get out of the house with the kids. Go hiking, biking, walking, play soccer, basketball, go to the zoo, discovery center, the park… Exercise, fresh air and sunshine are proven mood boosters. 
  • Focus your energy on spending time with your family and friends.  
  • Don’t over schedule-it’s too stressful--kids feel our stress. 
  • Eat healthy while still enjoying the holiday goodies. 
  • Try to get enough sleep—then you can better deal with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. 
  • Listen to uplifting or calming music—it’s soothing for the soul. 
  • Think positive—negative thinking can trigger your body’s stress response. 
  • Laugh a lot--it reduces stress hormones and helps immune cells function better. 
  • Play and have fun with your kids. Find the things they like to do, that they're good at-- and do it with them. Board games, cards, etc. are fun for indoor time. 
  • Enjoy your children while you can--you'll never get this time back. You are building memories that will last forever, so make them good ones! 
Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

OPTOMETRYDr. Ryan Nielson OD, Dr. Ana Nielson, OD, The Eye Site, Sage Parents 


Eye problems occur frequently among children. The American Optometry Association states that 1 in 4 children has a vision related problem. If a child’s vision is not functioning properly, it can affect their learning, athletic performance, development, and overall health.  


Eye muscles not working together as a team can cause poor depth perception and eye-hand coordination. Children can have developmental issues with eye coordination. When “lazy” or crossed eyes go undetected, a vision loss called amblyopia can occur.  Amblyopia is where the brain suppresses one eye to avoid seeing double or blurry. This can usually be corrected if found early. Amblyopia can also occur if one eye’s prescription is very different than the other eye, or if there is physical defect like a cataract.  


Vision problems can often develop without you or your child noticing them. The earlier a vision problem is identified and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. When needed, the eye doctor can prescribe medications, eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision therapy to correct most eye problems. 

NUTRITION – Maureen Sykes, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed Dietitian  


Many school age children have difficulty getting adequate protein.  Foods of choice are often quick, easy carbohydrates (think bagels, granola bars, etc.) which can be filling initially but not suitable for an entire day of school and the mental focus required to pay attention in class. 


Protein is an important part of nutrition and should be consumed throughout the day.  Not only can protein help curb hunger and therefore assist with mental focus, it is also vital for growing bodies and developing muscles.  Many experts suggest consuming 15-30 grams of protein per meal. While this may seem difficult, below are some ideas for getting adequate protein in at each meal. 


A couple of simple rules of thumb are: 

  • 1 ounce (oz) of meat or cheese, 1/4 c tofu or tuna, 1 egg, 8 oz milk, or 1 oz nuts/seeds  = 7-8 grams of protein 
  • The size of a deck of cards is generally a good sized amount of meat/protein for a meal and provides 21-28 grams of protein 



1-2 Eggs - 7-14 grams 

1 c Oatmeal - 5 grams 

1/2 c Greek Yogurt - 15 grams 

Additional foods (to meet other requirements) such as fruit/juice, whole grain toast 


Peanut Butter Sandwich (2 T PB) - 12 grams 

1/2 - 1 c Veggie Sticks in 1/3 c Hummus - 8-10 grams  

1 c Skim Milk - 8 grams 

Additional foods (to meet other requirements) such as fruit, milk, veggies 


12 oz Fruit Smoothie made with milk, yogurt or ice cream (or soy equiv) - 10 grams 


3-4 oz Salmon -  21-28 grams 

1 c Whole Grain Pasta - 4 grams 

3/4 c Steamed Broccoli with 2 T Cheese Sauce - 10 grams 


In conclusion, eating adequate protein throughout the day can help curb hunger and keep students focused in class.  Be sure you are fueling your brain and muscles at each meal!  Additional information can be found at

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