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Indoor Health and Productivity in Workplaces and Schools

Posted by John on August 31st, 2008

The Indoor Health and Productivity report, a National Science and Technology Council Project, shows that indoor environments affect productivity in schools and workplaces.

Improving the indoor environment will not only decrease energy costs and healthcare costs, but also improve health, performance, and attendance.

Here are some key findings from the report:

  • Research suggests that low ventilation rates and less daylight can adversely affect student performance.
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Back to School Asthma Checklist

Posted by John on August 25th, 2008

Asthma affects 11% of school-age children, and it will cause them to miss some 13 million days of school this year!

The American Lung Association has released the following back to school asthma checklist to help parents ensure that their child’s asthma doesn’t interfere with academics:

  • Schedule an asthma check-up: Even if your child’s condition is well controlled, meeting with your pediatrician is also an opportunity to evaluate medications and physical activity restrictions.
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Top Five Reasons for Missing School

Posted by John on August 18th, 2008

Class is back in session! It’s time for homework, report cards, and (hopefully not too many) sick days.

The Mayo Clinic recently released the top five reasons why children miss school:

1. Common Cold – The airborne common cold virus spreads easily from child to child in classroom settings. Symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, and fever. Cough medicines are not recommended for young children, and there’s no cure for the cold, but here’s how you can help your child feel better:

humidifiers

Offer plenty of fluids, such as water, juice and chicken soup.
Encourage your child to rest as much as possible.
Run a humidifier in your child’s bedroom, or have your child sit in a steamy bathroom.
Try over-the-counter saline nose drops.
For an older child, soothe a sore throat with hard candy, cough drops or gargled salt water. 

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