Health Office

A Note From Your School Nurse

Hello, Chesterfield families,

healthyHappy 2017! Did you know that nearly 45% of Americans typically make a New Year’s Resolution? And the majority of resolutions target some sort of self-improvement or weight related goal? Curiously, only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their resolution. It seems many of us have optimistic intentions at the start of a new year and for most, our best change efforts just don’t stand up over time. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success will take care of itself.” Social support enhances intrinsic motivation. Won’t you join Mr. Greg Hammett and me as we rally our school community in rising to Healthy Monadnock’s vision of becoming the healthiest community in the nation? As a Healthy Monadnock School Champion, we work together to make healthy choices easier choices for our school community. In the upcoming weeks you can look forward to receiving a health tracker to help you stay on track with your healthy goals. Join us in our mission to increase healthy eating and active living! For more information about the Healthy Monadnock vision, visit or consider joining our Wellness Advisory Committee.

            Did you or your child receive that long-awaited digital device for Christmas? Take heed. Research has renewed attention to the impact of these devices and the “blue light” they emit, going so far as to suggest the increased use of mobile devices at bedtime has become a public-health concern for children and teenagers. While this isn’t terribly surprising, the impact of blue-light emissions does raise health concerns regarding student sleep. Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics revisions to guidelines on children and screen time, the AAP still endorses setting reasonable limits, creating tech-free zones and recharging devices overnight outside the bedroom.

            Christmas candles are wonderful gifts to receive. Be careful to make sure yours is safe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Yankee Candle is recalling their Luminous Collection Fragrance Candles because the glass can shatter when the candle is lit. The candles in question are 4” wide by 5” high and have 3 wicks, and were sold between September and November 2016. For more information, visit


Lastly, hearing & vision screenings for students will continue this month. If you wish to exclude your child from these screenings, please contact me directly.

In sickness and health,

Traci Fairbanks, RN

If you or someone you know need a little help, please be proactive. Our school may be able to help you find the resources you need. Often families are uncomfortable about seeking help. But not doing may result in a negative impact on the family as a whole. Our staff want to see children happy and healthy for optimal learning and comfort. Please call the school nurse for support at 363-8301.


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