When you’re not well, it becomes very difficult to do your job well; and sometimes you can’t do your job at all. While everyone tries to avoid getting sick, the fact remains that disease affects everyone. This can be especially true in a school environment, where educators, students, support staff, administrative staff and others are so close together, making it easier for illness to spread through the population.
Whether it is the flu, something else infectious, or something more long-term, like chronic diseases, it is important to take care of yourself, to aim for prevention when possible, and to try and stay healthy by focusing on your overall wellness.
We’ve divided our information on disease and prevention into the following topic areas for you:
Infectious Disease: Whenever you are in close contact with other people, like in a school, your risk for disease is heightened. That is why it is important not only for your wellness, but also for the wellness of your colleagues, students and family members, to take precautions in preventing infectious diseases. Learn more about the different kinds of infectious diseases that may be of concern.
Infectious Disease Prevention: Infectious diseases account for millions of school days lost each year for public school students in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – and those statistics don’t include school employees! Hand washing, immunizations and cleaning are the main ways to help prevent infectious diseases in schools (and at home!).
Chronic Disease: Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, according to the CDC. These include heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and more. Taking steps to minimize your risk factors for these diseases is an important part of your overall health and wellness. Learn more about chronic diseases, prevention and what can be done.
Diabetes: A form of chronic disease, almost 10 percent of people in the United States had diabetes in 2012. And, that number is on the rise. Learn more about the different types of diabetes, as well as how to live a healthy life with diabetes, prevent or minimize other health complications, and manage the disease.