Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness


The Flu: One Bad Bug

The state of Kansas currently has widespread cases of influenza like the rest of the United States.  Flu season typically lasts until March, so we still have about 8 weeks left of flu season. The CDC has an excellent parent’s guide to the flu at this link  Yearly vaccination against flu is recommended for all Americans ages 6months and up.  Other ways to prevent the spread of influenza are to use good handwashing, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and stay home when you have signs of illness. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.










Safe Kids

Prescription Medicine Precautions


With three times as many prescriptions filled in the U.S. than in 1980 and five times as many dollars spent on over-the-counter medicine, there are more medicines in the home today than ever before. Medicines play a vital role in treating diseases, relieving symptoms and extending lives, but they can cause serious harm to kids who accidentally ingest them, take a medication prescribed for someone else, or do not follow dosing guidelines by drug manufacturers. Learn how to keep your children and teens safe from medication poisoning:



¡Hola mis amigos! Did you know that Fuel Up to Play 60 is now offered in Spanish? 

Fuel Up to Play 60 is excited to announce the launch of FUTP60 en espanol, during Hispanic Heritage Month! You can access the digital Spanish-language pages through the “en espanol” button that appears at the top of the homepage.

If you’d like to bookmark the page or share in communications, the direct URL is

Spanish-speaking adult audiences will have access to culturally relevant content, including a FUTP60 Overview, two guides – the first contains information on how parents can get involved in school and the other contains information on how parents can get involved at home, and a take-home letter template about the program to give to students for their parents. 
Spanish-speaking students who join FUTP60 via the en espanol page will have access to the student Dashboard, including messages, challenges, polls, points status and reporting functions. 
Both adults and students have access to the Spanish-language Playbook.

Encourage Spanish-speaking friends to visit and click on the “en espanol” button to learn how they can active the program in Spanish!



Smart Snacks

On July 1, 2014, the Smart Snacks guidelines - which originated from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 - went into effect. All schools enrolled in the National School Lunch Program must comply with the nutrition guidelines for what is considered "competitive foods" - more commonly referred to as "Smart Snacks". Kansas PTA and National PTA are providing all families information to what this means for our students in Kansas schools. 

A PTA's guide to Smart Snacks in Schools

Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students in school during the school day, including foods sold through school fundraisers.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools — beyond the federally-supported meals programs. This new rule carefully balances science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. The rule draws on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, existing voluntary standards already implemented by thousands of schools around the country, and healthy food and beverage offerings already available in the marketplace.

Smart Snacks in School lays out targeted, science-based nutrition standards for beverages that reflect current nutrition science and progress being made in States and local communities across the country, as well as through existing voluntary efforts. The new standards allow variation by age group for factors such as portion size and caffeine content. While water is available on an unlimited basis, USDA has established reasonable, age-appropriate portion size standards for all other beverages in order to reinforce the important concepts of moderation and balance in student diets.

Nutrition Tips For Parents