Nebraska Extension is a nationally respected educational leader. Extension delivers research-based knowledge to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities and publications. One of the program areas offered by Nebraska Extension is Food, Nutrition, and Health. My job as an Extension Educator of Food, Nutrition, and Health is to take research and evidence based curriculum and increase the nutritional and physical literacy of the children and families in Nebraska. Nebraska Extension’s Food, Nutrition, and Health Department identified a need to select a comprehensive and researched based curriculum to use as our direct education tool. Following the selection of our research and evidence based curriculum, we discovered a need for supplemental physical activity supplies. Continue reading →
It is so important to bring awareness to dementia related diseases because there is not yet a cure, but early diagnosis can help improve the life of people with dementia and their families. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, being the 6th leading cause of death in United States. Although it is true that memory loss can happen more frequently as we age, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, those with dementia show significant impairment of two of the below items.
Communication and language
Ability to focus and pay attention
Reasoning and judgment
Dementia related diseases like Alzheimer’s alter the communication between brain cells causing mental, emotional, physical and behavioral changes. This is much more than just forgetting things as we age. It is important to monitor aging loved ones for changes in their behavior and bring them to see a doctor early on, since most cases of dementia start slowly and progress. Continue reading →
North Park Elementary has been a part of the Let’s Move Active School program since 2013 and is proud to be awarded the Let’s Move Active School National Recognition Award! We have been working hard for many years to create a culture of health and wellness in our school. We have achieved this goal because we have taken advantage of many grants and opportunities along the way. Some of these programs include Healthy Highway and Fuel Up to Play 60. This award is truly the result of a team effort and a commitment made by teachers, students, families, and administrators to teach and model the value of healthy choices and a physically active lifestyle. Of course, this did not happen overnight or without a tremendous amount of effort, but it has all been worth it to see the transformation and be able to make an impact on student health and wellness. Continue reading →
Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand, which is why we have compliled PE Central’s top fitness themed lesson ideas, best practices, and bulletin boards in honor of March being National Nutrition Month. Here are some great lessons and activities for you to try in your classroom this month.
Aromatherapy, a complimentary therapy that uses essential oils from plants or flowers, has been used for centuries by those wanting to improve a person’s well-being. Because the effectiveness of aromatherapy is wide-ranging, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health only recognizes the therapy as a “complementary health approach.” Today, more and more nursing facilities are adding aromatherapy as a supplement to their traditional therapies of healing. Here are a few ideas from notjustbingo.com for implementing aromatherapy activities within your nursing facility. These can help your residents with pain, tiredness, lack of appetite, anxiety, and general well-being.
With pain being a top concern for seniors in nursing facilities, caretakers can use essential oil massages as a way to help alleviate their residents’ aches and discomfort. One way is to provide gentle massages by adding a few drops of essential oils to lotion before applying to the skin. Continue reading →