The month of February is National Children's Dental Health Month. IAK offers dental health education year round, but February gets especially busy!
This year's National Children's Dental Health Month campaign slogan is "Brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile". Dental cavities are one of the most common chronic diseases in children and teens; dental sealants are an effective way to prevent these cavities. Cavities are caused by a breakdown of the tooth enamel by acids produced by bacteria located in a film that collects on teeth. Left untreated, cavities can cause pain, infection, and problems eating, speaking, and learning. Although cavities are largely preventable, 21% percent of children aged 6-11 years had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth in 2011-2012 (CDC.gov).
If your school is interested in scheduling a dental health presentation, please contact your health educator.
IAK IN ACTION
American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
IAK offers an assembly-style presentation called, Drugs and Your Heart. No matter how many times we tell kids NOT to do drugs, the reality is, they are going to make their own decisions. This class is designed to teach the students how their heart works and how important it is for continued life and health and what effect drugs can have on their heart. Throughout the lesson, the students are reminded that they don’t need drugs to survive and they need to think about what could happen to their hearts if they use drugs. A real cow’s heart is used in the discussion. This presentation is 45-55 minutes long.
Our current School Challenge, ”Create a Dance Incorporating Core Curriculum” began on January 3rd, 2019. The winner of this challenge will get a prize pack valued at $250 with kinesthetic equipment! Use your creativity and shine a light on Tulsa County teachers! For more information visit our website. The challenge is over March 1st 2019.
DON'T BUG ME
IAK offers a fun and interactive presentation for younger students, our "Don't Bug Me" presentation.
It is important that younger students know how to protect themselves from disease. This lesson focuses on protecting themselves and others from germs. It includes proper handwashing, proper way to cover a cough or sneeze, what to do with a used Kleenex and the importance of throwing things IN the trash, not AT the trash. It is very interactive and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
One of the most important goals of schools is to support social-emotional learning. SEL provides the skills necessary for managing emotions, achieving life goals, being empathetic, making effective decisions and building positive relationships. Research shows that SEL helps create safe, supportive learning environments and emotionally enriching contexts—places where students flourish and thrive. In fact, an effective SEL program can deliver a multitude of benefits, including improvements in students’ academic achievement, behavior, and attitudes toward themselves, others, and school.
This article explains more about the benefits of SEL in our schools and community.