California Educator

October / November 2018

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Get Well N E A R L Y H A L F O F K-12 educators report high daily stress, accord- ing to a 2013 Gallup-Healthways report. This can manifest itself as headaches, muscle tension, upset stomach, chronic fatigue or other problems. Taking care of yourself and balancing work and personal life are critical. A few tips: • Be physically active – just 30 minutes per day of walking can help boost mood and reduce stress • Eat healthy foods to give your body needed nutrition • Take breaks when possible • Avoid overusing alcohol or other drugs • Practice relaxation exercises, deep breathing, or meditation • Take time for yourself – you deserve it! For more tips, see Stay Well E D U C A T O R S A R E E X P O S E D more than most to germs and illness, and getting immunized several weeks prior to a flu exposure is the best way to be protected. Get your annual flu shot as soon as you can to keep healthy and continue teach- ing at a high level. E V E R Y S T U D E N T D E S E R V E S a safe, welcoming learning environment. But in our current climate, many young people are scared, anxious and feeling threatened. Hate speech and images have been directed toward students in schools and online. Multiple incidents of a hostile, hateful nature have been taking place in schools and communities, such as fake deportation notices being handed out and swastikas drawn in bathrooms. In October, National Bullying Prevention Month, take the opportunity to learn how to identify bullying, intervene effectively and advocate for bullied students. NEA has a toolkit at Pacer 's National Bul- lying Prevention Center ( offers anti-bullying curricula for all grade levels. And Stop Bullying ( can guide stu- dents in standing up for themselves safely. Generous Contribution Helps Members Unfortunately, wildfires in our state have become all too common, but CTA's Disaster Relief Fund can help. Funded by voluntary member contributions, it provides members who have been impacted with financial assistance to help cover significant losses. See ctamember- for details. CTA partner California Casu- alty contributed to the fund in September. At right, Senior Field Marketing Manager Norma Alfaro delivers a $5,000 check to CTA Member Benefits' Vicki Rodgers. 12 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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