September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.
During this month, National Suicide Awareness Week is held September 5-11, 2016 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention asks that you help to “raise our voices to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.”
Malnutrition Awareness Week is held September 26-30, 2016.
Please see the links below for more information about these important health concerns.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – A site to educate and raise awareness about cancers affecting children. http://www.childrenscancer.org/main/latest/september_is_childhood_cancer_awareness_month/
Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month – A site to help encourage American’s to eat more fruits and vegetables for their better health. www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/
National Suicide Awareness Week – A site to educate, save lives and help those affected by suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10-24. This is an alarming statistic that requires everyone to take action. Learn about the risk factors, resources available and how you can make a difference. https://afsp.org/ and http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/youth_suicide.html
Malnutrition Awareness Week – Malnutrition and obesity often occur simultaneously in the United States. Choosing high calorie but nutritionally poor foods can lead to this incongruity. The resulting micronutrient deficiency creates an environment that affects a student’s physical and mental state. School nurses are well positioned to investigate when our frequent visitors, or our obese students, could be suffering from malnutrition. Assisting families with food insecurity enables all of our students to succeed academically. A hungry child cannot easily learn, and a student with malnutrition needs our help to be successful in school.