Lufkin, TX: "Today's children face more chronic health illnesses"; schools nurses are important

May 11, 2018, Lufkin (TX) News: HYDE: Role of school nurses in improving health and learning The theme this year for National School Nurse’s Day was “School Nurses: Advocates for 21st Century Student Health.”… …Given that today’s children face more chronic health illnesses, such as asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc., than ever before, we take our role as licensed, professional school nurses very seriously. … As school nurses at Hudson ISD, we take on a variety of roles every day. For many children, we are the only health professional they may have access to, except in emergencies. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional and other health problems keep increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the U.S. On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about three are likely to have asthma. Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect as estimated 4-6 percent of children in the United States….