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T1 school promotes wellness

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Central School District teachers started the academic year hearing from health professionals.

"Over the past few years we have been mandated by the state to create policies and procedures regarding health related issues," explained John McDonald, Ti school superintendent.

With assistance from the Dan Padula Memorial Fund, the school hosted Dr. Elizabeth Jaffe and Dr. Matthew Gammons.

"We have a Health and Wellness Policy which aims at nutrition and a healthy lifestyle," McDonald said. "Last year we started measuring students BMI (body mass index) to create procedures for Child Obesity. This year we created a Life Threatening Allergy policy related to students with severe allergies which can result in anaphylaxis.

"We thought it would be a good idea to begin the year with a health and wellness theme - even our facilities are getting healthier - and to have guest speakers to discuss these topics with our staff and how they relate to schools and students," McDonald said.

Jaffe is an allergy, asthma, immunology specialist, who has been a physician at Timberlane Allergy and Asthma Associates in Burlington since 1997.

She has a doctorate degree in genetics and was a laboratory biologist in the field of genetics for 13 years before becoming interested in medical practice.

"Our first speaker, Dr. Betsy Jaffe, discussed anaphylaxis commenting on facts, misconceptions and how to handle students with severe allergic reactions," McDonald said. "She was outstanding and very well received."

Gammons is a sports medicine physician with the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic and Killington Medical Clinic, Killington, Vt.

Gammons is board-certified in family practice and sports medicine. He specializes in sports medicine and non-operative musculoskeletal care.

He enjoys several sports team affiliations, including serving as team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams.

"Our second speaker, Dr. Matt Gammons, discussed obesity, how our culture contributes to this problem and how it has impacted our children," McDonald said. "Once again, he was very good and well received."

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