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February is American Heart Month. It is time for a heart-to-heart talk about treating your heart right. Every day, you have the power to make better choices to improve your overall physical and mental wellness. Take care of your heart by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Additionally, try to dance to your heart’s content, listen to relaxing music, or do any other activity that will relieve your stress and make you feel happy.

According to the latest scientific statement released by the American Heart Association, mental health is an important constituent to heart health and plays a significant role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Positive psychological factors enhance cardiovascular health. So, it is important to find time to relax and be happy.

Consider the following tips to keep your heart healthy.

  • Keep your stress under control
  • Relax and be happy
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Be physically active every day
  • Keep your weight down
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Set smart goals to change one unhealthy behavior at a time
  • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed

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CHILD NUTRITION

USDA Free Farmers to Families Food Boxes

USDA is sponsoring the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to distribute their surplus food products to families in need nationwide at no charge. These boxes are available along with our Breakfast and Lunch Meals at FREE Grab And Go Serving Locations (PDF) every Monday from 10:30am-1:30pm beginning February 22nd, 2021, and continuing through the end of March. The Child Nutrition Department does not determine the contents of the food boxes. Please check this webpage for updates.

Food Box Locations

The Free For All Meals program has been extended through June 30, 2021. What does this mean for our SRVUSD Families? Any parent with children 18 years and under can pick up a breakfast and lunch meal at one of our designated meal locations for free. Vegetarian options are available. No food is wasted, and this is open to all SRVUSD families. Parents unable to pick up student meals should contact Child Nutrition (srvusdeats@ srvusd.net) for accommodations. This is a wonderful service for our kids and community. Visit the Child Nutrition website for the most up to date information including pick up locations, menus, heating instructions, and FAQs.

Stomp out bullying

Join STOMP Out Bullying™ and #BlueUp on Monday October 7 - Wear Blue and help Stomp Out Bullying!

In the wake of the 13-year-old boy who died last week in Riverside County, California from bullying, Health & Wellness and Inclusion & Diversity Committees are joining forces to highlight October as National Bullying Prevention Month. As parents and peers looking out for our community as a whole, please read the below signs of youth being bullied - as well as those doing the bullying. Remember: bullying can be verbal, physical and cyber-related. Be vigilant about protecting and guiding our youth!  

If you witness or suspect bullying, please reach out to DVHS staff using the Anonymous Information Form.

Resources from stopbullying.gov of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services below: 

Signs A Child is Being Bullied

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others 

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity
  • Posting comments or rumors about someone online that are mean, hurtful, or embarrassing.
  • Threatening to hurt someone or telling them to kill themselves
  • Posting a mean or hurtful picture or video
  • Pretending to be someone else online in order to solicit or post personal or false information about someone else
  • Posting mean or hateful names, comments, or content about any race, religion, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics online

What to Do If You’re Bullied

There are things you can do if you are being bullied:

  • Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
  • If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

There are things you can do to stay safe in the future, too.

  • Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
  • Stay away from places where bullying happens.
  • Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.

 

 

 

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