>> The looming toll of strokes
>> Some schools miss a key health resource
>> School programs cultivate healthier foods
The Med & Mic™ 10.10.23
MED NEWS blog post from Dr. Maria ON Speaking, LLC
Stroke Deaths Expected to Rise
Stroke deaths worldwide are expected to rise by 50% by 2050, mostly affecting middle- and low-income countries. Stroke will cause more disability worldwide, also. The economic impact from health expenses to lost income is forecasted to more than double to $2 trillion per year, according to Lancet Neurology. The WHO says that high blood pressure, a key risk factor, is inadequately treated around the world. (Source: STAT News, E. Chen, 10.9.23)
One in Three Schools Have No Nurse
More than a third of schools nationwide do not have an on-site, full-time nurse, according to a 2021 survey from the National Association of School Nurses. The CDC recommends one full-time nurse per 750 students enrolled, however there are no federal requirements. Schools struggle to retain nurses. They can’t compete with the salaries and benefits offered by hospitals. In some states, school nurses require additional certification. School nurses perform routine screenings, public health tracking, and health messaging. They also serve on the front lines of addressing the needs of children with diabetes and asthma and mental health crises. (Source: CBS News, C. Deguzman, 10.9.23)
Cooking and Gardening at School
Participation in gardening and cooking programs in school is associated with a preference for fresh fruits and vegetables. The programs integrate cooking and nutrition education. The CDC says nutrition education may help students maintain a healthy weight and recognize the connection between food and emotional wellbeing. The programs can be expensive and time consuming. The wide availability of unhealthy food can be obstacles to the efforts. (Source: NPR, A. Aubrey, 10.9.23)
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