Content tagged with: allergies

7 Habits of a Healthy Educator

Healthy Educator Helping Students

With each school year comes the chance to be proactive about your health. You can fight off chronic low energy, constant sniffles and stress headaches before they pull you under. In fact, not having a plan for maintaining your health while pouring passion into your profession will leave you fried by spring, says Mike Anderson,… Read more »

Managing Asthma in the School Environment

This online course was developed by NEA Healthy Futures (as NEA HIN) and the Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN) as part of NEA’s Online Academy. This free, 1.5 hour course will educate NEA members about asthma so that they can help students better manage their asthma while at school. The course addresses the causes, signs… Read more »

Managing Severe Allergies

Keeping students safe is always a top priority, and for students with severe allergies, that requires all of us to be educated, up-to-date and prepared. All school employees, including teachers and education support professionals (ESPs), need to know about allergic reactions, how to identify them, how to respond in an emergency, and how they can… Read more »


It’s tough being a kid in school these days – especially if you have severe allergies. A severe allergic reaction, or what’s called anaphylaxis, can be really serious and even life-threatening. It can happen at anytime and anywhere – in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, on the bus or during a field trip. So it’s critical… Read more »

Indoor Environmental Quality

All students and school employees have the right to a great public school that fosters a safe and healthy learning and work environment – and that includes indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Poor IEQ is caused by a variety of harmful factors, including: mold, poor ventilation, chemicals, extreme temperatures, asbestos, and other pollutants that negatively impact… Read more »

Clean Schools

Help Keep Your Students, Staff, and Building Healthy! A clean school is important to every member of the school community —including you! A clean school helps improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ), reduces the spread of infectious illness, as well as the triggers for asthma and allergies. All of these issues impact absenteeism for both students… Read more »


Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and youth in the U.S. and one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. Approximately 6.8 million children and youth in the U.S. (9.3%) have asthma. In addition, teachers and custodians have been identified as having higher rates of occupational asthma. The key elements needed for asthma… Read more »

Food Allergies

Approximately six million children in the U.S. have one or more food allergies, and among children with food allergies, 16 to 18 percent have experienced a reaction at school. At any time, school staff may need to respond to a food allergy emergency — whether in the classroom or cafeteria, or on the playground, athletic… Read more »