How To Maintain a Healthier ‘Selfie’


Deerfield Health Center staff members take a selfie. Front L to R: Dr. Tom Hagamen and Kate Rolland, RN. Back L to R: Caryn Garnder, RN and Jodi Ripka, PNP

Did you know that the word selfie was named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2013? We all know that selfie is defined as taking a photograph of oneself, and often uploading it to a social media website. Jane Pearsall, Editorial Director for Oxford Dictionaries, explains that the word has evolved from an “essentially narcissistic enterprise into something rather more endearing.” It is with endearment then, that we ask how well are our teens taking care of themselves (their selfies)?

After reaching out to the amazing DA Health Care team, they provided our teens with easy tips on how to stay healthy during the winter season:

  1. If you have not done so yet, get your flu shot! The shot is available at the health office but should not be administered before sports. Please visit the CDC web site for more information.
  2. Get plenty of sleep and learn to power down for a full 8 (or 9) hours of sleep. Please see the Harvard Healthy Sleep Study to find out more.
  3. Wash your hands regularly. Sing the Happy Birthday song while washing your hands. That’s about 2 1/2 minutes of clean hands.
  4. Your support systems (parents and teachers) mean well, we do, but we may need to take the stress thermometer down.
  5. Unscheduled–YES, unscheduled–walks, hikes and exercise just for the FUN of it will help to reduce grade anxiety.
  6. “Fake it till you make it!” Finding joy, quality time, laughing, optimism and empathy–along with well-nourished bodies–will help to keep those colds away.
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