February 2023

February is American Heart Month!

February reminds us to take care of our hearts and consider our risk factors.

Review these signs for heart disease risk:

  1. High blood pressure. Millions of people in the United States have high blood pressure, and millions of them are as young as 40 or 50. If you are one of them, talk to your doctor about ways to control it.
  2. High cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity are all conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease. If you fall into this category, work on eating healthy and getting some physical activity a few times a week.
  3. Smoking cigarettes. Over 35 million adults in America are smokers, and thousands of young people pick up the habit daily. If you’re a smoker, do your best to quit or cut down. It’s what’s best for your health.

Source: Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest Symptoms

REMINDER: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th: Our district will Wear RED to raise awareness for the #1 and #5 killers- heart disease and stroke.

Staff members that ordered shirts will receive them by the end of next week!

National Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The theme for 2023 is "Black Resistance." Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history!

For more information, visit: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

Mental Health

7 Happiness Hacks to Add to Your Daily Routine in 2023

Your happiness is well within your reach. Making your mental well-being a priority is actually a lot simpler than it may sound. It's as easy as making yourself laugh and listening to your body. Nourishing your mental health will help you connect more deeply with others, reduce anxiety and boost your confidence. There are no downsides.

A couple of habit changes can yield big results. Try adding these seven happiness hacks to your life to give yourself that extra boost!

Source: CNET

Physical Health

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Camp Gladiator - Irving ISD Employee Spotlight!


3rd Grade Teacher at Townley Elementary School

Has attended 25 classes in the month of January!

CG: What is one health and fitness goal you have for 2023?

Montes: "I want to make sure I put myself first more often this year. My mental health is very important to me and I know that if I am good, then I can be good for my students and my peers."

CG: How has CampGladiator helped you with this goal?

Montes: "It gives me a break from the hustles of the teaching world. I pour so much into my students and my career that sometimes I just need to shut my mind off even for 30min. and let someone else pour into me."

CG: How have you been so consistent?

Montes: "I take advantage of CG's Online 30min Quick Hitters when I can't make it to an outdoor class. I do have my fellow teacher friends that also help me stay accountable and I do the same for them."

Nutritional Health

Celebrate seasonal produce like winter squash, citrus, broccoli, sweet potatoes and more with a new recipe for each day this month. You’ll find sweet & savory breakfasts, delicious lunches & dinners, and plenty of chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day. Let’s celebrate the month of February with 28 seasonal recipes to cook in February!

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

Financial Health

Sign up for Foundation 99 Today!

The financial world is your oyster when you login to Financial Health Tools! Get UNLIMITED access to over 30+ different tools and resources on a variety of topics. For more information and to sign up, visit: https://foundation99.org/irvingisd/

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This newsletter will provide you with information on emotional, mental, physical and nutritional health. We will focus on how to help you be proactive about your health and well-being. The EWS Newsletter will also provide support & guidance resources that we hope will assist you in dealing with stressors and challenges.

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