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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

The KnowBullying App from SAMHSA

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

With a new school year starting, this is a good time to review the free KnowBullying App from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This mobile application helps to empower parents, caregivers, child care providers and educators with a tool that can be used to recognize warning signs and has strategies to prevent bullying. This app received the Bronze Award in the mobile category from the Web Health Awards in 2014. http://1.usa.gov/1MQnJeO

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month: Toolkit

Monday, August 24th, 2015

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month. healthfinder.gov has a toolkit for encouraging healthy eating at home, school and work. The toolkit includes e-cards and social networking messages, as well as links to resources.

Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1U2fUbG

FDA Guide on Vaccines

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a handy guide for parents and caregivers as we head into a new school year including the vaccine schedule and requirements. Download the guide and find a link to the FDA’s online resource: Vaccines for Children, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.

http://1.usa.gov/1h0osxI

 

September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Here are some resources you can use for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th:

KidsHealth – Suicide http://bit.ly/1TZPmT1 and “My Friends is Talking About Suicide. What Should I Do?”   http://bit.ly/1Jt7AfZ  (both available in Spanish)

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention  http://1.usa.gov/1EF9J0S

Guide: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide  http://1.usa.gov/1E7gyxE

Toolkit: Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools  http://1.usa.gov/1NxMBbU

Know What the Benefits of Breastfeeding Are

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Choosing to breastfeed is one of the first decisions that parents make about their newborn’s health. But no matter how long a mother does it for, breastfeeding has health benefits for her, the baby, and can help save money.

Find more information about:

Breastfeeding and the reasons why it is the best source of nutrition for the first 6 months of a child’s life;  http://1.usa.gov/1MFZp0A  (also available in Spanish)

More about how the health care law (“Obamacare”) requires most health insurance plans to cover the costs of breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding.  http://1.usa.gov/1WH7ViZ

Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness (Public Health Grand Rounds)

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Join the Centers for Disease Control for Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness, a Public Health Grand Rounds webcast.

From the CDC:

“In this session of Grand Rounds, we explore adolescent health, specifically how families, community organizations, schools, and government agencies can work together to encourage adolescents to avoid risk and adopt health-promoting behaviors.”

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1-2 PM ET

More information and links to view the webcast: http://1.usa.gov/1No97nm

Back to school immunization toolkit

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The National Public Health Information Coalition has published a toolkit for childcare providers, schools and colleges to promote vaccination to parents and students. The kit includes talking points and social media messages.

Ready for School: http://bit.ly/1HC9gfJ

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more. Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. To learn more and access the toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1LceDYM

National Immunization Awareness Month: Toolkit

Monday, July 13th, 2015

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. healthfinder.gov has a toolkit for spreading the word about immunizations in your community through social media, email, newsletters and other media.

Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1CB7Kih

Webinar on Bullying Prevention with StopBullying.gov

Friday, July 10th, 2015

In 2011, 22% of students ages 12-18 were bullied at school. Learn how you can make a difference at the Bullying Prevention with StopBullying.gov webinar. StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. The StopBullying.gov Training Module and Community Action Toolkit will be showcased, along with an overview of the vision behind this train-the-trainer resource for community members of all different backgrounds.

Webinar: Bullying Prevention with StopBullying.gov
Date and Time: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm (ET)
Register: http://bit.ly/1L2DOgp