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Fall 2009

Start of School Launches Flu Watch

Prevention is the watchword now that classes have begun in Central Texas. School leaders, parents and local public health officials will be keeping a closer than usual watch on incidents of influenza-like illness.


New Law Gives Texas Kids a Boost!

Texas has a new child passenger safety law.


Packing Healthy Snacks for School

Now that school has begun, now is the time to plan more healthy nutrition for students.

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Free Program Teaches Diabetes Prevention

The exciting “Healthy Kids” program offers free diabetes-prevention classes for children ages 5-18 who are overweight or who have other risk factors for developing diabetes. Families who attend will receive information about healthy food choices, benefits of exercise and the importance of choosing a healthier lifestyle to prevent diabetes. Snacks and amazing prizes are also provided!

The program is FREE, but registration is required. Classes are available in English and Spanish, and are held at various locations around Austin including the
East Communities YMCA, Rosewood-Zaragosa Clinic,
Seton Kozmetsky Clinic,
Seton McCarthy Clinic and Seton Topfer Clinic.

Please call
(512) 324-4911
for more information
or to register.

Back-to-School Asthma Tips
How Parents Can Be Prepared

Summer is a great time of the year with lots of fun things to do - swimming, biking and spending time with their families. For asthmatics, the summer months can mean fewer symptoms. Their asthma may not bother them quite as much, which adds to the fun they are having.

Now that summer has ended and a new school year has begun, kids are experiencing new adventures – new teachers, new classes and new friends. However, for some families, this time of year may bring worry for them and their asthmatic children. That’s because a lot of asthmatics will notice an increase of asthma symptoms in the fall due to things such as cooler weather, germs and allergies.

While it is important for asthmatics to be aware of the symptoms of asthma and the triggers around them, it is even more important for them to have fun at school. Here are a few helpful and important tips for asthmatics and their families to remember this fall:

  • Make sure all of your child’s asthma medications are filled.
  • Make sure your child has easy access to their asthma medications at school, especially rescue/quick relief medications.
  • Have a completed Asthma/Allergy Action Plan on file at your child's school.
  • Partner and communicate with your child's school nurse, teachers and coaches.
  • Know your child's asthma triggers and avoid them.
  • Know the early warning signs/symptoms of asthma.
  • Perform and track your child’s peak flows daily.

For more information about asthma, please contact the Seton Asthma Center at (512) 324-3320.

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