August 2011

Vol. 1, Edition 7

You Are What You Eat

food plate graphicIn June the federal government unveiled it's new food icon, MyPlate. The new image replaces the food pyramid and is designed to help consumers make healthier food choices at meal times. The image is also part of a greater marketing campaign designed by the USDA to encourage Americans to make healthier lead healthier lifestyles.


 The campaign's messages include:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Compare sodium (salt) in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals, and choose foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

The campaign also launched a website that provides practical information on how to incorporate these guidelines into your every day life.


Click on the plate icon at the top to learn more tips about healthy eating and lifestyle changes.


Oh the joy to behold at Cotten Boll Farms. Colonel Bedford Cotten is taking a new bride, Miss Yancy Jane Alston, and you, along with all the family and friends, are invited to attend his engagement extravaganza.

Join Colonel Cotten, Yancy Jane, and many more colorful characters for the party of the year. This murder mystery dinner will have you laughing and scratching your head as you try to discover who's up to no good, or better yet, who's NOT up to something. Everyone seems to have a motive, but who has the gumption to follow through with it?

For Whom the Belle Tolls, A Simply Southern Murder Mystery 

This event is presented by First South Bank and benefits Ayers Children's Medical Center.

Tickets are $50 per person and seating is limited.

To watch a personal invitation from Colonel Cotten, click on the video to your right. To learn more about the cast of players, click here.

Easing the Homework Headache

Homework is easily one of the biggest sources of frustration between parents and children during the school year. However, good homework habits are key to a successful student. Below are some guidelines to help establish a healthy homework atmosphere. 

  • Designate a place that is quiet and free from distractions (TV, phones, other siblings).
  • Establish a time frame for homework. This could be a specific time such as beginning at 4 p.m. each day or it might be no other activities until homework is complete.
  • Keep necessary supplies (pencils, rulers, extra paper) in the designated area. This prevents stopping multiple times to get something.
  • While it is okay to review your child's homework, do not be tempted to do his homework.
  • Be aware of your child's assignment and project due dates. Many teachers send home a list of assignments each week.
  • Have open communication with your child's teacher to stay informed of her progress, areas of concern or skills that need additional attention.
  • Encourage children to read. For younger children, reading aloud together can reinforce skills learned and help build confidence to read aloud in class. For older children, a time set aside each evening to read can offer a relaxing break to his hectic schedule.
  • Remember to praise your child for the accomplishments she makes whether large or small.

School Health Clinics 


West Tennessee Healthcare offers two clinics located inside schools that are dedicated to providing pediatric and family medical care to students and faculty. The School Health Clinics are located inside the Jackson Careers and Technology Elementary School on 668 Lexington Street in Jackson and Milan Elementary School on 110 Middle School Road in Milan.

  • Does your child need to have a kindergarten physical, sports physical, or yearly well child exam?
  • Does your child meet the new immunization requirements for school?
  • Is your child experiencing an acute illness?

If so, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner can take care of your child. To receive services at the School Health Clinic, your child must attend a school that is a part of the Jackson Madison County School System or Milan Special School District. The clinic is open Monday- Friday from 7:30-4:00 for the new school year. We accept all insurance policies. Please call for an appointment or same day work-in if possible at 731-423-8545 in Jackson or 686-3201 in Milan.

In This Issue
You Are What You Eat
For Whom the Belle Tolls
Easing the Homework Headache
School Health Clinics
Infant Eye Exams
Wake Up, Sleepyhead!

Clinic Offers Infant Eye Exams


East Jackson Family Medical Center is now providing Enfant VEP Vision Screening. It is recommended that the pediatric patients have the initial eye exam at six months of age and once yearly up to eight years of age at the well check-up to catch any potential problems.


More than 200,000 children are born each year with vision problems. Many of these problems go undetected until it is too late to easily correct the problem. 


For an appointment, please call 731-425-7900.


August 20 


Health Fair

September 10


For Whom the Belle Tolls...a simply southern murder

September 22


Strikes for Tikes
October 29


Charity Gala
November 12

Is Your Child a Sleepyhead?


Staying awake during math class isn't the only reason your child needs a good night's sleep. Proper sleep is essential for kids' health and well-being and plays a role in mood stability, learning ability and disease and injury prevention. But according to a study of nearly 200 fifth-graders, many aren't getting the 10 to 11 hours they need each night. Most feel drowsy during the day two to four times a week and almost half admit having trouble waking in the morning on school days. The Journal of School Health reported that nearly half the kids argued about their bedtimes and almost one-third stayed up late without permission. The report suggests that a first step toward better sleep for your kids may be to remove computers and TVs from their bedrooms.

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Ayers Children's Medical Center
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 541-6448


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