Recess Relay for Life




What a team effort this event is turning out to be!  Our Bobby’s Run students will be participating in a Relay Recess / Relay for Life program in conjunction with the American Cancer Society on Thursday, May 21st.  Just look at what this event will benefit!


  • Students will learn four important components during their Health class – Nutrition, Fitness, Sun Protection and Tobacco Prevention.
  • The Health and Fitness Club and Community Service Club students have joined together to make posters for the event and also have been making items to sell to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Items will be on sale in the cafeteria during the lunch periods and students can buy duct tape flower pencils or paper feet for $1.00; stress balls or duct tape strips to tape Mrs. Hofstrom to the wall for $3.00; and Luminaira bags to decorate and place out at the walk for $10.00.  We hope you will support your child and help in their fundraising efforts.
  • During the actual physical part of this program, 4th grade students will relay during 7th period and 5th grade during 8th period.  And it’s more than just walking!  Students will receive an index card and for every Bobby’s Run School lap they accomplish, they get a hole punch in their card.  When they complete their lap they will earn a water bottle, a slice of orange and a toe token – cool!


This is an ideal lesson in promoting cancer prevention awareness with a fun physical fitness activity while unifying our school with our community for a common cause.  Thank you to all!


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Poison Prevention Week

NJ Health Commissioner Issues Child Poison Warning on Liquid Nicotine March 15-21 is National Poison Prevention Week

By Mary E. O’Dowd, M.P.H.

NJ Health Commissioner

As part of National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is working to raise awareness of the serious health risk, particularly to young children, of liquid nicotine commonly used in e-cigarettes. With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, accidental exposure to liquid nicotine by children has become a serious public health concern.

The Department’s efforts call attention to the potentially deadly toxic properties of nicotine, an active ingredient used at varying levels in e-cigarette liquids, which are unregulated products sold over the counter in convenience stores.

Poison centers have seen a dramatic rise in e-cigarette related calls, from one call a month in September 2010 to 215 calls a month in February 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). More than half of the calls involved children age five and under. E-cigarette and liquid nicotine-related calls to the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) rose from nine in 2011 to 45 in 2014.

An 18-month old toddler died in New York State last December after drinking from a container of liquid nicotine.

E-cigarettes or electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that contain a combination of nicotine, flavor, and chemicals in various liquid combinations that are turned into vapor inhaled by the user.

The liquids used to refill these devices are sold in cartridges, vials and small bottles that are not required to be childproof. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) maintains that at the lethal dose range of nicotine some small (15mL) bottles of e-liquid contain sufficient liquid nicotine to kill four small children. One swallow can be fatal.

Children may be drawn to the colorful liquid available in hundreds of tantalizing candy and fruit flavors with names such as “vivid vanilla,” “cherry crush,” and “cola.”

According to the CDC, there are three routes of exposure that are toxic to children. Even without swallowing, when taken into the mouth, liquid nicotine will be absorbed into the child’s mucous membranes, just like nicotine gum. If swallowed, it will be absorbed in the intestinal tract.

If it comes into contact with a child’s skin – through a spill, for example – the liquid nicotine is absorbed through the skin just like a nicotine patch.

Symptoms of liquid nicotine poisoning include vomiting, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, and a jittery and unsteady appearance.

The goal of NJDOH’s liquid nicotine poison prevention effort is to protect the lives of children and prevent tragic and avoidable harm through public awareness and consumer protection. This initiative builds on New Jersey’s leadership in addressing the health risks posed by e-cigarettes.

In 2010, New Jersey was the first state to include e-cigarettes as part of a comprehensive Smoke Free Air Act. This law stated that the use of e-cigarettes may pose a health risk to persons exposed to their smoke or vapor because of substances that may be potentially toxic to inhale. That’s why use of e-cigarettes was banned in public places and workplaces and the sale of e-cigarettes was banned to people 19 years and younger.

The Department is reaching out to partners across the state to join in alerting healthcare professionals and the public to the dangers of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. We are calling on local health departments to help distribute a warning advisory online and in the course of their routine inspections.

Parents, caregivers, other family members and friends who “vape,” the popular term for e-cigarette smoking, need to be aware of the potential dangers and keep the e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine refills stored safely out-of-reach of small children.

Anyone who suspects that a child has been exposed to liquid nicotine should call the NJ Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

According to the CDC, the nicotine poisoning problem may be underestimated because their research only reports calls to poison control centers and doesn’t include those whose symptoms were so severe they called 911 or went directly to the emergency room.

To learn more about e-cigarettes and the harmful effects of liquid nicotine, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website at or go to the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health at

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Six Reasons for Headaches in School-Age Children and How Parents Can Help Relieve the Pain

Monday, July 28, 2014

As the school year approaches and begins, many parents may start to hear their children complain about headaches.

According to Nick DeBlasio, MD, a pediatrician in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, about 10% of school-aged children and 15-27% of teens experience them from time to time.

Headaches can be triggered by a number of different things. Here are the most common causes of occasional headaches in children:

Inadequate hydration. Not drinking enough fluids is one of the biggest causes of headaches. This is especially true when the weather gets warmer and kids become more active outside and lose fluid through sweating. If this is the case, the cure might be as simple as having your child drink more water.

Diet. Does your child eat regular meals? Skipping one meal, like breakfast, can trigger a headache. It’s also important to make sure that your child is eating a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Too much caffeine and certain foods can cause a headache as well.

Sleep. Kids in middle and high school typically need at least 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Not sleeping enough at night can cause a headache. And getting less than 10 hours isn’t enough to feel well-rested.

Stress. We all experience stress from time to time, and children and teens are no exception. If your child is under a lot of pressure from school, or experiencing big changes at home like a divorce or a big move, a headache can result.

Vision problems. If your child is unable to see what’s happening at the front of the classroom, he might be straining his eyes to see far away, which can result in a headache. A vision test can give you a better understanding of whether or not your child’s headaches are being caused by vision problems.

Family history. Your child is more likely to have headaches if a parent gets them as well.

If your child has a headache, try giving her water and over-the-counter ibuprofen. Follow the instructions on the package for the appropriate dosage and do not give it to your child more than three times in a week. If it persists for a few days or worsens, call your child’s pediatrician.

Fortunately the majority of headaches in children are not a cause for alarm. However, there are a few instances which require a little more investigation. If your child’s headaches have become more frequent or severe, if he wakes up in the morning of the middle of the night from it, or if the headache causes vomiting, it’s best to have your child evaluated by your pediatrician.

He or she will perform a physical exam and decide if any tests need to be done. Brain MRIs and CT scans are rarely needed. If your pediatrician suspects a migraine, she might refer your child to a neurologist who is familiar with medications to help prevent and treat them.

And if your child or teen is suffering from chronic headaches and migraines, recent research by Cincinnati Children’s found that adding cognitive behavioral therapy to treatment of pediatric migraines improves relief of symptoms. The study was authored by Scott Powers, PhD, and published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

*This information can also be found on Cincinnati Children’s Change the Outcome blog. For the specific post about headaches, click here.

About Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S.News & World Report’s2014 Best Children’s Hospitals. It is also ranked in the top 10 for all 10 pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit organization, is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at Connect on the Cincinnati Children’s blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.

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Talk to your children about the dangers of the “Cinnamon Challenge”.

The “Cinnamon Challenge”, which involves trying to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon without water within sixty seconds, has led to many calls to poison centers, emergency departments visits and hospitalizations of teenagers who require ventilator support for collapsed lungs.

Swallowing a teaspoon of Cinnamon within sixty seconds is a nearly impossible challenge. Even on the online dare, there is a warning: “It’s going to burn, you are going to cough, and regret you tried.”

The Cinnamon Challenge is a dare that has spread throughout the Internet. While most children know about it, very few parents and teachers do, researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine wrote in the journalPediatrics.

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., the George Batchelor Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute, said:

“Given the allure of social media, peer pressure and a trendy new fad, pediatricians and parents have a ‘challenge’ of their own in counseling tweens and teens regarding the sensibilities of the choices they make and the potential health risks of this dare. Ingesting and Aspirating Dry Cinnamon by Children and Adolescents: The ‘Cinnamon Challenge.”

The authors said that parents need to be told about the Cinnamon Challenge, and they need to advise their children about the dangers. Parental advice really matters to kids, they added. “Schools and pediatricians should be encouraged to discuss with children the ‘Cinnamon Challenge’ and its possible harmful effects.”

Co-author Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Pediatrics, was surprised to find out during a recent dinner with a dozen pediatricians that none of them had ever heard of the Cinnamon Challenge.

Even though most teenagers who choose to do the challenge endure only temporary effects, the researchers wrote that poison centers are receiving an increasing number of calls related to the Cinnamon Challenge, and more kids are ending up in emergency departments and being hospitalized.

Cinnamon is a caustic powder consisting of cellulose fibers which do not dissolve and are not biodegradable in the lungs. Animal studies have shown that cinnamon can cause inflammation of the airways and lungs (if it is inhaled), and it can also cause lesions and scarring in the lungs and airways. People with asthma, pulmonary cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease or a hypersensitivity to spice need to be especially careful.

The authors wrote:

“Although we cannot make a strong statement on documented pulmonary sequelae in humans, it is prudent to warn that the ‘Cinnamon Challenge’ has a high likelihood to be damaging to the lungs. These discussions can also help children learn to weigh the risks and rewards of yielding to peer pressure when considering senseless and risky behaviors.”

Since August 2012, millions of people have watched at least 50,000 YouTube videos of adolescents and young adults coughing, gagging and chocking as they accept the Cinnamon Challenge. Most of the participants are aged from 13 to 24 years. This age has the “greatest need for conformity” (susceptible to peer pressure).

The authors are in no doubt that the growing Internet presence of the Cinnamon Challenge has led to a significant rise in calls to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. From January through June 2012, 178 calls related to this fad were made, compared to just 51 during the whole of 2011. Of those calls, 69% (122) were because of intentional misuse or abuse. 17% of callers required medical attention.

Serious or life-threatening consequences from the Cinnamon Challenge are extremely rare, the authors emphasized. However, “they are unnecessary and avoidable.”

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Healthy students learn better!

Please remember to keep your child home if they are sick. They must be fever free, and vomit free for 24 hours to return to school. If they have more than 3 episodes of diarrhea, please keep them home as well.                                                                                                               Please remember to call and leave a message or email me by 9am as to why your student is absent.

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Give Kids a Smile!

2015 GKAS Flyer (BCC)

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Welcome Back!

I hope you had a Happy and Healthy break. Just a reminder encourage your children to wash their hands and cover their coughs to prevent spread of germs.

Students need to be fever free and vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.

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Health Fair

We had a great Health Fair on Wednesday November 5th. The students rotated through 8 stations Concussion/helmet safety, Yoga, Anti-bullying, First aid and EMS, Jump rope, Karate, Dental Hygiene and aerobics. Big thank you to all of our volunteers who made the day such a success. Mrs. Kim Brown,RN, Mrs. Jeffrey, Mrs. Deshpande, Mr. DiGiacomo, Mr. Kevin McGowan from Lumberton EMS, Mr. Gigger, Mr. Mike from Amerikicks in Medford, Mrs. Kim Windl, RDH, and Ms. Stinson. Also a big thank you to Dr. Nudelman for the generous donation of toothbrushes for every student and Dr. Phucas for the donation of dental floss, toothpaste and pencils.

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Dental care

Here is an opportunity for dental care from BCC. You can call for an appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Linda Hecker
Director of Dental Hygiene

Here is my contact information. Parents can call 609-894-9311<tel:609-894-9311> extension 1074 for an appointment during the fall semester. We have clinic sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. This would be for cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. We charge $5 per visit, and will see adults and children for these services.

On February 6, 2015 we will host Give Kids A Smile Day where all treatment is free for children 12 and under. The same number can be used to make appointments for that. If the child has been seen for cleaning and x-rays in the fall semester it will shorten the appointment time needed on Give Kids A Smile Day because they can be sent right to the dental treatment area.

Thanks for passing along the information. There is no restriction on residency and because there are not many sites in Mercer County, some of the schools that border Burlington may also access treatment at our site.

Linda Hecker
Director of Dental Hygiene

Burlington County College
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Phone: 609-894-9311 <tel:609-894-9311%20extension%201419>
Fax: 609-894-2163<tel:609-894-2163>

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Nutrition Nuggets

Check out the Nutrition Nuggets tab, lots of great info and ideas.

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