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Welcome to the “Healthy Hornet” !!
This section of our District website is devoted to health, nutrition, and wellness. Information related to these topics, including recipes, health tips, and illness prevention, will be shared here by your School Nurses  : )  Please check back frequently to view the most up to date information!
If you have any questions or information you would like to see posted here, please feel free to contact one of us at the numbers listed below.  Thanks for checking out the “Healthy Hornet” !!
Poplarville Lower Elementary Michelle Recatto, RN-BSN-NCSN 601-795-4736
Poplarville Upper Elementary Julie Tyner, RN 601-795-8303
Middle School of Poplarville Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN 601-795-1350

Get Ready to Run

Get Ready to Run
The Get Ready to Run program is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi.  The program is designed to introduce students to the benefits of running, physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices through lessons and activities.  At the end of the program, students are invited to attend a one mile fun run on April 8 at the USM campus in Long Beach.  This year students can travel to the fun run by bus thanks to a grant through the Blue Cross Blue Shield submitted by Dr. Tara Rouse Chair of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at PRCC.
Students celebrated the event with special guests from the Poplarville High School including PHS cheerleaders and PHS athletes.  The athletes shared with students how important running and being physically fit was to them in their sport.  Thank you to Coach Jonathan Ray, Mrs. Keri Smith, and the PHS students for encouraging our PLE students to Get Ready to Run!

Poplarville Upper Congratulates Biggest Loser!

Poplarville Upper Elementary staff members had the opportunity to participate in a weight losS contest beginning in September.  Staff members were encouraged to make healthy choices and come into the nurse’s office for weekly weigh-ins.  The contest ran for 16 weeks and the winner was awarded on December 9, 2016.  Evelyn Henry Rhodes, receptionist, won a cash prize for her hard work!  She changed her lifestyle by making smart choices regarding diet and portion size.  She also began an exercise program and increased her daily water intake.  Evelyn lost over 11% of her body weight.  We are so proud of her.  CONGRATULATIONS, EVELYN!

P. U. E. Students Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week

On Monday, October 24, 2016, Poplarville Upper Elementary kicked off its annual celebration of Red Ribbon Week.  Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to federal drug enforcement agent Enrique Camerena, who was killed by drug traffickers in Mexico in 1985.  In response to his death, angered parents across the country began wearing red ribbons to symbolize their commitment toward a drug free America.  In 1988, congress officially proclaimed the first Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31.  Over 100,000 schools and organizations nationwide celebrate this week.  

Ever Wonder How to Keep Your Emotions Healthy?

Everyone struggles with emotional wellbeing from time to time.  Usually we notice a problem when its to the point where we are so frustrated with life’s problems and  feel so overwhelmed that our entire thought process is consumed by it. There are many things we can do to prevent this issue.  We can promote a feeling of emotional wellness through such strategies as learning to express our feelings appropriately, thinking before we act, strive for balance in life, and above all, taking care of our physical health.  Physical health and mental health have a direct link and can be maintained simply by exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol.  

The article mentioned below describes in depth how we can achieve stress reduction and increase our problem solving skills.  

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Students should NOT be sent to school with the following health problems

Friendly Reminder
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours

  • Fever of 100.4 of greater in the past 24 hours

  • Pink eye - red, itchy or painful eyelids with yellow or green discharge

  • Impetigo - red, itchy, weeping rash

  • Head Lice - PSD has a bug free policy.  Check your child’s scalp often.

  • Any undiagnosed rash

How to Stay Healthy in Flu Season

Vaccination is not the only way to help prevent the flu. Here are steps you and your  family can take to stay healthy this winter.

Perhaps the simplest and most effective way is to wash your hands often-- with soap and warm water. Rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces. Wash for at least 20 seconds. (Tip: have your children sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing.) It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs. Use regular soap. Antibacterial soap is not necessary. These soaps may contribute to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using a gel, rub the gel in your hands until they are dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills germs that cause colds and the flu. However, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers do not remove dirt.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when people touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for 2 hours or more) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks and tables.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs cause illnesses like the flu (influenza). The flu usually spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and the droplets from the cough or sneeze move through the air and are deposited on the mouth or nose of people nearby. So, always cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw it away. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, wash your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

If you feel ill, stay home from work and keep sick kids home from school or daycare. And keep in mind; most people with flu will recover just fine.





Annual Flu Vaccine is Best Way to Protect

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

What’s new this flu season?

Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

There will be some new vaccines on the market this season.

The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.

What flu vaccines are recommended this season?

This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) should be used. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.

When and how often should I get vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later. Some children who have received flu vaccine previously and children, who have only received one dose in their lifetime, may need two doses of flu vaccine. A health care provider can advise on how many doses a child should get.

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Cholesterol Fact Sheet

About one in every six adult Americans has high cholesterol. Anyone, including children, can develop it. Hornet Health provides this useful fact sheet about controlling you Cholesterol. Your health is important.
Please review the attachment and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you and have a great day !
Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN
MSP Ext.  4008
PHS Ext.   5004

Attention: Parents of students covered under Medicaid of Mississippi

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Poplarville School District has opted not to participate in the Medicaid of Mississippi EPSDT program this year. Your child will still be able to receive EPSDT services, but they must be obtained through a Healthcare Provider or the Health Department. We apologize for any difficulties this may cause.

Please feel free to contact Melissa Darden at 601-795-8424 Ext. 5004 or 601-795-1350 Ext. 4008 with any questions.

Thank you.

Melissa Darden, RN-BSN-NCSN

School Nurse

Poplarville School District



Your Back to School Routine Should Include a Focus on Sleep!

Each year as a new school year begins, routines are set into place. Parents, students and teachers shift from a more laid back routine to a routine that is more regimented and includes things such as uniform and lunch preparation, homework, and extra-curricular activities. Hopefully, a strict bedtime is included in your back to school routine.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that children aged six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.
Sleep problems and disorders are prevalent at this age. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as ADHD and cognitive problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.
Follow these tips from the National Sleep Foundation to get your school year off to a great start!
Sleep Tips for School-aged Children
  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
  • Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  • Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
  • Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Avoid caffeine.