Health and Wellness
Helping our students when injury or illness strikes, Ms. Reesa Pascual, our Health Room Aide, is on duty and ready for action. If you have health-related concerns, please call Ms. Reesa at 305-5522 or come in to see her.
Kapalama Elementary School will implement the Board of Education’s Health, Wellness, and Safety Policy to support a safe and healthy work and learning environment.
The goal of the wellness policy is to promote wellness practices, health-enhancing behaviors, good nutrition, and physical activities.
What’s a snack, anyway? Merriam-Webster says it is “food eaten between regular meals”; maybe they should add “when you’re hungry.” Sometimes we’re actually thirsty, or bored, or in just in the habit of snacking.
If your child really needs to have a snack at school, we ask that parents pack a healthy snack. All snack items should meet the following criteria based on Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards per portion:
- Calories ≤ 200
- Total Fat ≤ 8 grams
- With the exceptions of nuts and seeds
- Saturated Fat ≤ 2 grams
- Trans Fat ZERO
- Sodium ≤ 200 mg
- Sugar ≤ 8 grams
- With the exception of yogurt, having no more than 30 g of total sugars per 8-oz portion
Healthy students are better able to study and learn in school. We encourage students to eat a healthy lunch daily. Students who bring home lunch should pack a nutritious lunch. The building blocks of a healthy lunch should consist of a fruit, vegetable, whole grain, lean protein, and a calcium-rich food.
Got Your Water Bottle Today?
Many parents pack water bottles daily for their children so they will be able to keep hydrated all day. Teachers encourage their students to bring their water bottles to keep hydrated. There are many reasons why your child should bring their water bottle and keep drinking throughout the day.
Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and provide a means for nutrients to travel to the organs in your body. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. Water helps with memory, focus, and concentration. Sometimes feeling tired, headaches or back pain are symptoms of not drinking enough water.
Water is such a “miracle” drink and is so much healthier than soda and juice drinks. So, be sure pack a water bottle for you and your child today! Some experts believe you can estimate the amount of water you need by taking your weight in pounds and dividing that number in half. That will give you the number of ounces you may want to drink each day. If you are active and exercise, you may need more. So, join the many people who are packing their water bottles every day for a healthier body and mind!