• Promoting Physical Activity

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 4/1/2021

    According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the “percentage of children aged 6-11 year in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.” Physical activity along with a well balanced diet should be a routine part of promoting and maintaining health.  Limit screen time and get active! As the weather is getting warmer…enjoy playing outdoors, biking, or even taking a walk around the block.  


    Benefits of Exercise…

    • Burns calories and builds muscle
    • Strengthens your bones and muscles
    • Improves coordination, balance, and endurance
    • Increases your energy level
    • Relieves tension and stress


    Get Physical!



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  • Personal Care!

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 3/1/2021


    Personal hygiene is a regular routine of personal care that keeps your whole body healthy and clean.  During our shelter in place...remember to continue to practice good personal hygiene to look and feel your best! Poor personal hygiene can lead to vulnerability to disease and illness, infections, tooth decay and loss, and problems with social acceptance.

    Personal Care Involves:

    • Washing and grooming
    • Caring for you teeth and gums
    • Eating a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables
    • Getting rest and exercise

     Let’s all make a healthy goal of personal care! 

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  • National Children's Dental Health Month

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 2/1/2021


    Promote dental health this month!

    Maintaining healthy teeth include...

    • Brush your teeth at least two minutes twice a day
    • Floss every day
    • Eat healthy foods
    • Avoid sugary foods
    • Visit the dentist every six months

    Regular dental checkups are necessary for oral health. Healthy teeth are essential not only for chewing; but, also for speech and a great smile!  For more information, check out KidsHealth HERE

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  • Winter Wonderland

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 1/1/2021


    Winter weather is here!

    Unless weather prohibiting, recess is held daily. It is important that all students dress properly outfitted with warm coats, hats and gloves or mittens. Boots and snow pants are required when playing in the snow. The American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website offers helpful tips for keeping warm and safe during the cold winter months and can be found on: Tips to Keep Kids Warm All Winter. The district goes by the Child Care Weather Watch for safe outdoor temperature guidelines.

    Drink hot chocolate, bake a pie, build a snowman, make a snow angel, and try catching snowflakes on your tongue…the possibilities are endless!

    Be safe and enjoy the winter!

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  • Healthy Sleep Habit

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 12/1/2020


    Sleep is needed for the body and brain development and growth.  Adequate sleep promotes attention, creativity, mood stability, and even builds the immune system to fight off illness. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides guidelines regarding how much sleep children need at different stages of childhood.  "Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health." It’s important to keep a daily routine. This means that the waking time, and sleep time is the  same every day.  Check out What Sleep Is and Why all Kids Need It on KidsHealth.  Make sleep a priority!



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  • Resilience

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 11/1/2020



    It’s an emotional strength.

    It enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences which could be overwhelming.

    The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.

    Knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, barriers, or limited resources.

    Measures of how much we are able to overcome obstacles.

    It helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods.


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  • Healthy Plate

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 10/1/2020


    Do you know what a healthy plate looks like?  At a glance, it's what a healthy and balanced diet looks like! According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health...

    • The more veggies and the greater the variety, the better
    • Eat plenty of fruits of all colors
    • Whole grains, brown rice, quinoa
    • Limit red meats (beef, pork, lamb)
    • Avoid processed meats (bacon, deli meats, hot dogs and sausages)
    • Use healthy oils from plants like extra virgin olive, canola, sunflower, and peanut oil
    • Choose unflavored milk, plain yogurt, and small amounts of cheese
    • Water is the best choice for quenching thirst; limit juice

    Remember along with a helathy diet, it's important to be active to stay healthy!

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  • Reminders from the Health Office

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 9/1/2020


    If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child's health issues with me, please me at (847) 745-3802.


    1) Please keep sick children home. When Should a Child Stay Home? If the child exhibits any of the following:

    • contagious disease (let the school office know)
    • fever (temperature of 100.0 degrees or above).
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • incessant or deep cough
    • red eye(s) with discharge and/or crusting on lashes and/or itching or pain
    • unexplained rash
    • obvious signs that your child cannot comfortably participate in class activities (even without a fever)

    Symptoms should be absent for twenty-four hours before the student returns to school (fever-free without medication) and a physician’s note may be required. The student must remain home for 24 hours after vomiting and/or able to eat two regular meals without nausea or vomiting. Diarrhea should also be absent for 24 hours before your child returns to school.


    2) Children need breakfast every morning. They go 10-12 hours without eating. It is important to get their bodies and brains going by feeding them a healthy breakfast. Children learn better and feel better with something in their tummies. Children who do not have breakfast have trouble learning and participating in class activities. Start the day right!


    3) Please call the Health Office every day your child is absent from school at (847) 745-3800 or 3802.


    If your child has a severe food allergy, asthma, diabetes, or a seizure disorder requiring medication, please fill out these forms as well with your child’s doctor. All medical forms can be downloaded from the Lincolnwood School District 74 website.


    5) Please check your child regularly for lice. If you need information about lice and how to check your child’s head, visit cdc.gov or www.youtube.com and search for “Head Lice to Dead Lice”. After summer and winter vacations are the times when head lice are more common.


    Thanks and have a great school year!

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  • Backpack Safety

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 9/1/2020

    Do you know your recommended backpack weight?                  classroomclipart

    Experts  recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.  If you weigh 100 pounds X 10-20% = 10-20 pounds is the maximum weight your backpack should be!


    Many children carry more than this recommended maximum weight leading to bad posture.  Heavy backpacks can lead to shoulder, neck and back pain.


    When choosing a backpack, KidsHealth recommends to look for the following:

    • a lightweight pack: get one that doesn't add a lot of weight to your load; for example, leather packs look cool, but they weigh more than canvas backpacks
    • two wide, padded shoulder straps: straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
    • a padded back: it not only provides increased comfort, but also protects from being poked by sharp objects or edges (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack
    • a waist belt: this helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
    • multiple compartments: to help distribute the weight throughout the pack


    Use backpacks wisely. Simply lighten your load. Make sure both straps are on your shoulders for equal distribution of the weight. Try backpack on wheels! For more tips, check out KidsHealth.


    Can you identify below which school bag is not recommended?




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  • Welcome Back to School 2020-2021

    Posted by Munhi Sohn on 8/17/2020


    I hope everyone had a great summer! I am looking forward to meeting the new third graders!  Welcome back to the Rutledge Hall returning students! I am looking forward to reconnecting with all of you!


    A few logistics...


    Parents, please remember to have all required medical forms submitted to the health office.  For new and transfer students: Certificate of Child Health Examination, Eye Examination Report and Proof of School Dental Examination forms must be submitted by October 15th deadline.


    If your child has any medical needs that may require medication, please remember to have the Order/Authorization for Administration of Medication at School, Food Allergy Action Plan, Student Asthma Action Card or Seizure Action Plan forms (as it applies to your child) filled out by the physician and parent.  If you choose not to have medications available at school, please fill out and submit the Medication Waiver form. 


    All forms can be found on our Rutledge Health Services website Medical Forms. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your questions and concerns.


    Have a great 2020-2021 School Year!




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