Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month

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September is “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month”

Produce for Better Health Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to eat more fruits and veggies this month.

Three Goals:

  1. Eat one more fruit or vegetable every day

  2. Fill ½ of your plate with fruits or vegetables

  3. Encourage fruits and vegetables during lunchtime at school (whether that’s in the cafeteria or in your lunch box)

Always make sure you know what foods you are not supposed to eat.

Fruit options:

  • Fresh fruit: apples, bananas, grapes, berries, peaches, plums, pears, oranges, tangerines, clementines, grapefruit, melon, kiwi, pineapple, mango.

  • Dried fruit

  • Freeze-dried fruits

  • Canned fruit packed in water or light syrup

  • Frozen fruit

  • 100% fruit juice or frozen juice pops

Vegetable Options

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Sugar snap peas

  • String beans

  • Cucumbers

  • Bell peppers

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Grape or cherry tomatoes

  • Avocados

September is “Head Lice Prevention Month”

Head lice are small insects that live on the scalp and neck hairs of people. They are parasites and need human blood and warmth to survive. They are about the size of a sesame seed. They do not fly or hop, but crawl quickly and spread quickly.

Head lice bit the scalp and cause itching. The infected person may feel movement or tickling in their hair and will scratch the itchy scalp. One louse can lay 100 nits (eggs) that hatch in 7-10 days. It takes a baby louse 7-10 days to grow into an adult and the cycle can repeat.

You may have lice if:

  • You’re scratching your head a lot

  • You have red and crusty scrabs on your scalp

  • You see small white/yellow dots attached to your hair

  • You see bugs crawling in your hair

What do you do if you have lice?

  • Stop sharing brushes, hats, sports helmets, headbands, hair bands and bows immediately and notify any close friends or contacts of the infestation. You want everyone to eliminate the spread.

  • Check your animals

  • Wash your bedding, clothes, bows, hats and any items/linens that you’ve had close contact with in hot water and detergent. Vacuum your mattress, carpets, rugs and couches and spray with a disinfecting spray designed for this parasite or bed bugs.

  • Soak your brushes in Clorox water and wash your hair brushes in the dishwasher with detergent

  • Wash your hair with a chemical shampoo as RID and repeat shampoo in one week

  • Use a special fine-tooth comb (included with the lice chemical shampoos) after the chemical wash to pick out nits and dead bugs

  • Coat the hair with a moisturizer or oily substance as Cetaphil face cream or coconut oil and let it soak into the hair for 8 hours (overnight). Rinse and shampoo the hair out the next day and repeat combing. You may repeat this step every few days, as needed.

  • Tea-tree oil drops can be found at some grocery stores and nutrition shops. You can place a few drops in your daily shampoo and use to help eliminate adult lice. There are also non-toxic shampoos designed for daily use for those that have lice infestation.

  • You may need a prescription shampoo if you are still dealing with lice for more than a week. It’s important evaluate the hair every 1-2 days and comb with the fine-tooth comb. The nits can survive treatments and hatch into bugs that continue spreading.

  • Remember, never use toxic substances as gasoline or paint thinner, because these can be flammable and toxic to your system

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