School Nurse Week: Pennye Rhodes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/4/02

School Nurse Week: Pennye Rhodes

Meet Preston Smith Elementary's school nurse, Pennye Rhodes. All week, we've been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the school nurse by letting them report on health issues from their school.

We wrap up this week-long birthday party with some good advice from Pennye Rhodes, our guest reporter from Preston Smith Elementary.

"If your mom said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, she was right. We have studies showing children that do not eat breakfast have more emotional, behavioral, and academic problems in the school. Those same students are seen in our clinic with stomach aches, headaches, and fatigue. Studies show that one out of five teenagers don't have breakfast. When a student comes to my clinic and they have not eaten breakfast and they're having some symptoms, I explain to them, how does mom and dad get you to school in a car that they don't put any fuel in? Well, how are we suppose to get our bodies to work for us if we don't get any fuel? And fuel is breakfast," says Pennye.

She also says there are lot of breakfast menus that are better than sugar cereals in the morning. Try a slice of cheese rolled up in a tortilla and melted. Or why not make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some fruit for breakfast, or kids might like a cup of yogurt and some nuts, and she says, don't forget a glass of milk to send kids off with a healthy boost for school.

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