Karie Fisher, MCSD registered nurse, offers health advice as summer beckons
The school district's registered nurse notes safety, nutrition concerns
Karie Fisher clearly is rooting for students — including graduates — to enjoy their months of coveted summer activity. But, as the summer stretches out in front of those students, Fisher, the registered nurse for Moffat County School DistrictMoffat County School District, hopes they keep some health concerns in mind., hopes they keep some health concerns in mind.
Moffat County School District, hopes they keep some health concerns in mind.
“One of the big things for graduating seniors, especially if they’re going off to college, is to get that meningitis shot,” she said. “It’s the kind of thing that can be deadly quickly, and it’s preventable. In large groups of students, it tends to spread quickly.”
Fisher also outlined some safety tips she leaves with students, seniors or not, as the summer descends.
“Don’t float the river alone, and wear a helmet when you do your motor sports, your biking, your ATV,” she said. “We see so many concussions a year from sports, and head injuries that are almost 100 percent preventable if they had a helmet on.”
She mentioned other concerns, as well, such as sun block and the importance of staying hydrated.
And then she returned to the strong advice not to float the river alone, adding: “And don’t drink while you float the river.”
She noted, too, the importance refraining from drinking when driving and of wearing seatbelts.
Floating the river alone, drinking and driving and not wearing seatbelts can, and have, resulted in local fatalities, Fisher said.
She mentioned the dangers of texting and driving, as well.
Fisher also noted the problem of sports concussions among students.
“The best thing they can do is make sure they get care for it,” she said. “A lot of time we have kids that don’t report to coaches or to anybody that they’ve been hurt because they still want to play. I get that, but then they end up with sometimes concussion and re-concussion, which is where real medical problems start.”
She said subsequent “small concussions” can end up having “life-long effects.”
And for students who will soon be eating on their own, carbohydrates are important to watch.
“The (Recommended Daily Allowance) for carbs is about 300 (grams) a day,” she said. “A lot of people could eat that in one meal and not even realize it.”
She said soda, energy drinks and various sugar drinks can be especially high in carbohydrates.
She advised drinking water, and she mentioned other acceptable drinks, as well, such as G2 Gatorade, the low-sugar version of Gatorade.
She also advised eating such fruits as grapes, oranges and apples rather than the juice versions of each. The whole fruit, she said, is more filling and contains the benefits of fiber.
Other commonsense measures include picking a salad over French fries and eating sandwiches without a whole bun.
Part of Fisher’s job includes hearing back from students after they’ve graduated — sometimes through thoughtful letters. It’s a part of the work she relishes.
“That’s what makes it awesome working in small communities,” she said. “You see the full circle.”
A good website to help people manage their nutrition, Fisher said, is choosemyplate.govchoosemyplate.gov..
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