Monthly Archives: February 2018

An Elementary School in North Carolina Rethinks Student Rules

No gum. No food. No candy. No drinks. It’s easy to understand why elementary school students are asked to follow classroom rules. Teachers are too busy to spend time scraping gum off the floors and the underside of desks and mopping up spills made by their students. Perhaps it is far easier to simply forbid all food and drinks from the classroom. However the teachers and parents at the school where I serve as principal recently decided to rethink some of their rules nor the benefit of the students.

Why? Think about it this way. Let’s say a child eats dinner at home at 6:00pm on most evenings. The child goes to bed around 8:30pm and awakens early enough to get on the school bus at 6:30am. At this early hour there may not be time for breakfast. School lunch is served at 12 noon during the school day. That is a whopping 18 hours without food, an unreasonable amount of time for a tiny growing body.

Similarly, students may never have the opportunity to drink fresh water. Dehydration can cause students to become sluggish and tired. Drinking water helps curb the appetite and flush out toxins in the body.

What did our school do about this conundrum? For starters, our district approved free breakfast for all students. Already about 75% of our students were receiving free or reduced meals from a federal government program, so allowing the remainder of the students to have breakfast at no charge wasn’t a huge burden for the district.

We take upon ourselves at the school to encourage students to eat breakfast at the school. Our cafeteria staff works to make sure the morning line moves fast and the food is tasty. Often the kids eat a fortified cereal bar, a fruit, and a milk. Our bus drivers and teacher assistants make sure the students move from the school bus to the cafeteria first thing in the mornings. Our teachers allow car students to bring their cafeteria meal into the classroom if they don’t have time to finish their meals prior to the sound of the tardy bell. I occasionally check our numbers with the cafeteria manager to see how many students are getting breakfast, and I send out reminders to parents that it is important for students to have a nutritious breakfast each morning.

Furthermore, we encourage students to keep water bottles with them in class. We ask that the bottles be clear so that we can ensure that they are indeed drinking water and that the container have a lid. Teachers often prefer that the water bottles are made with a sports top, in which a stopper can be opened or closed easily.

The results so far appear to be very positive. It seems to me that student behavior is better and that teachers are able to get a lot of work out of their students. Students able to focus on their studies instead of their stomachs. Students continue to bring their water bottles. At least one student reportedly asks for water at home instead of sodas.

Just is week I got a call from the local fire department. They had heard about our new initiative and offered to provide all of the students with fire-safety themed water bottles. It is great to know that the community is getting on board with what we at the school feel is an important way to educate our students from head to toe.

Foods and Drinks That Increase the Need To Go

If you suffer from incontinence, chances are you are looking for every possible option to help minimize episodes and improve management and control. The following is a look at some of the foods and drinks that can increase your need to go, and how to avoid these bladder triggers to reduce accidents and leaking.

Too much fluid is not the problem. Too little may be. If you are cutting down on your fluids then your urine might become really concentrated and irritate the bladder, making you feel the urge to go more frequently. Be careful about when your fluid intake takes place, for example, don’t drink a lot just before bed, but stay hydrated.

Alcohol. Alcohol is a bladder trigger. It is a dehydrating agent that increases the amount of urine. This is going to lead to more frequent trips to the restroom. In addition, alcohol might make it harder for the brain to signal to the bladder that you need to go, leading to more accidents and leaks.

Sour Cream. Aged cheese and other creamy dairy can lead to worsened symptoms in those with an overactive bladder. Imitation, non-aged, and lower fat is better.

Condiments. Many condiments have ingredients that are bladder irritants. Avoid mustard, soy, vinegar, hot sauce, ketchup, and mayo can all aggravate the bladder.

Caffeine. Caffeine, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola, and other beverages with caffeine will stimulate the bladder, and act as a diuretic. Chocolate does the same. Eating or drinking caffeine means you will produce more urine, and feel the need to go more frequently. Ease off, avoid it, or wean yourself from it, as it is also addicting in nature and your body can build up a tolerance to it, requiring you to take in more caffeine to get the desired effecs.

Acidic foods. Citrus, tomatoes, pineapple. The acids found in citrus, pineapple, tomatoes, and citrus juices can irritate the bladder, and increase the urge to go.

Many fruits. Citrus yes, but other fruits like bananas, grapes and apples can also irritate the bladder.

Cranberries. While cranberries can prevent urinary tract infections, they are acidic and can increase the risk of accidents with someone with an overactive bladder. Again, acidic foods increase the urge to go.

Carbonation. Carbonation can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive bladder problems. Sparkling alcoholic beverages are like the double whammy, with both carbonation and alcohol triggering the bladder.

Spicy foods. Spicy foods can irritate your bladder, this doesn’t mean you have to eat bland foods, but you should figure out how much spice you can tolerate before your bladder is irritated.

Sugar. Artificial sweeteners can trigger bladder symptoms.

Uncooked onions. If you love onions, cook them as uncooked unions can trigger or irritate the bladder.

Artificial flavors and preservatives. Basically avoid processed foods as MSG, additives, and the like can irritate the bladder.

Be careful what you eat, and shoot for a balanced approach. Just because something is a trigger does not mean it has to be avoided completely, just be careful how many bladder irritant foods and triggers you consume in a given day.

Remember the Foods and Drinks

Talking with a friend from the South, brought back memories for this pre-boomer about the local products I enjoyed as a kid. He thought a great after school snack was an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. My favorite, as a Philadelphian, was a Hires Root Beer and a Tastykake. It wasn’t until we were older and started traveling that either one of us got to taste what the other liked as a kid because these were regional brands that were not best sellers, or in many instances not available, except in specific areas of the country.

Loving the foods from my hometown, I fondly remembered my favorites: Philly Cheese Steaks, soft pretzels, scrapple, tomato pie (the early local name for pizza) as well as a host of others. It was great fun recalling these gastronomical memories and my mouth watered as I yearned for just one taste, which would hardly be enough.

This got me thinking about food and drink from coast to coast. So I contacted a few friends who grew up in different parts of the country and did a bit of online research to come up with some of the snacks and drinks New Seniors enjoyed when we didn’t have to worry about our waste lines or our cholesterol.

New Englanders’ had a drink called Moxie which was popular until Coke (first formulated in Atlanta) and Pepsi (the alternative to Coke that moved from its North Carolina roots to New York City) began to make inroads against the stronger tasting Moxie. Even the endorsement of Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams’ could not stop the slide of this once famous drink. That section of the country, as with other regions, had lots of flavored drinks produced by local bottlers.

In New York, besides Pepsi, there were lots of bottlers. Among them was Dr. Brown’s a soda which appealed to the areas large Jewish population and spread nationwide because of it. In the Midwest, where carbonated soft drinks (“sodas”) are called “pop,” Vernor’s Ginger Ale was popular as was Faygo, with all its flavors. Dr. Pepper was a big in the Southwest and there was Shasta on the West Coast. There were no diet drinks back then.

Any of these drinks was perfect for washing down our favorite sub sandwiches. But that’s not what they were called everywhere. Grinder was the name for this Italian specialty in the Northeast. A Hero is what New Yorkers ordered. In Philly it was a Hoagie. New Orleans spawned the name Po’ Boy, which was Poor Boy in St. Louis. Chicago had the Italian Beef sandwich. Blimpie, Torpedo, Rocket, Bomber and Zeppelin are all names used for this hearty sandwich that may change its ingredients, but not its shape, depending on the part of the country where it is made.

The differences by geographic areas are sometimes striking. By the same token you may surprised by the similarities of some items, except for the name the locals call it. Whatever the case, our memories tell us how much we enjoyed the tastes of our favorite foods and drinks from long ago.

The Food and Drink Combination

People have been haggling over the price for health and what it will cost them to get a healthier body. It doesn’t have to be much, as you will soon find out, because of this simple combination of food and drink that has been giving health buffs all over the world a lean, good-looking and a healthy physique. Here is the food and drink you should start partaking to bring out the best in you.

Fruits and vegetables are with no doubt a very good combination of food to help you with giving your body the nutrients that it need, not to mention that it helps with the intestines with the digestion of food. Properly digested foodstuff also means the proper derivation of nutrients and minerals to be distributed throughout the body.

Since fruits and vegetables have low calorie and high protein contents, you don’t really have to worry about getting those extra pounds. Eat as much of these food groups as you can. But you don’t have to make your diet exclusive to these foods.

There are certain meat products that you can take without you worrying over how much calories they can give your body. Lean meat from pork, and beef products, poultry bred meat and fish and aquatic meat are examples of meat products that are very healthy. Though healthy as they are, you should remember to take them in moderation.

As the world’s universal solvent water has a lot of benefits to the body. For one, it effectively hydrates your body to add energy to your body as you go about your day. It helps with the food digestion. And it also help you burn calories. A lot of studies has concluded that taking at least 8 glasses of water, as per the advice of doctors and mothers around the world, can burn 50 calories.

Fruit and vegetable juices should be the choice beverage over anything else. As oppose to popular fruit and vegetable drinks, fruit juices deliver more punch to the package, which gives you more vitamins and minerals, more than enough to sustain your energy throughout the day. It would be wonderful if you can have it directly out of an efficient processor or juicer, in that way you get more juice, while keeping the nutrients intact.

To get a healthier you, you only need to start with your food and drink consumption. So make sure that you eat right, with moderate intake of choice meat products and loads of fruits and vegetables. Wash them down with water and fresh fruit juices. Now that is the good life.