Glenkirk Clinic

Nurse: Venetia Johnson
   

Welcome Golden Knights, both old and new.   My name is Venetia Johnson and I am your School Nurse.  I am excited to start my second year at Glenkirk and look forward to seeing each and everyone of you.   

 

This is my fourth year as a school nurse and I spent the majority of my nursing career in neurosurgery, ENT and major plastic surgery.   I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call the clinic.  My number is 703-753-1702 or stop by the clinic between 8 am and 4 pm.   




Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Benefits of Breakfast for children
Breakfast is especially important for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to:
  • Meet daily nutrient requirements
  • Concentrate better
  • Have better problem-solving skills
  • Have better hand-eye coordination
  • Be more alert
  • Be more creative
  • Miss fewer days of school
  • Be more physically active

Here's what forms the core of a healthy breakfast:

  • Whole grains. Examples include whole-grain rolls, bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, low-fat bran muffins, crackers, or Melba toast.
  • Low-fat protein. Examples include peanut butter, lean meat, poultry or fish, or hard-boiled eggs.
  • Low-fat dairy. Examples include skim milk, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage and natural cheeses.
  • Fruits and vegetables. Examples include fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, 100 percent juice beverages without added sugar, or fruit and vegetable smoothies. Choose low-sodium versions of beverages, though.

Together, these core groups provide complex carbohydrates, fiber,protein and a small amount of fat — a combination that packs big health benefits and that also can leave you feeling full for hours. Find options from these core groups that suit your tastes and interests. And try to choose one or two options from each category to round out a healthy breakfast.




A good night's rest

Most of us spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Sleep restores the nervous, muscular, skeletal, hormonal, and immune systems and allows us to consolidate memories. The amount of sleep a child need varies for each individual. It is recommended that children ages 3-6 sleep 10-12 hours a night, and children ages 7-10 sleep 10-11 hours a night. Getting more than 7 hours of sleep a night is associated with healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in adults. In order to promote healthy sleep habits, establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine, and maintain this routine on weekends. Monitor your intake of stimulants like caffeine and chocolate. Avoid stimulating activities like exercise and screen time just before bedtime. Create asleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, and a comfortable temperature.