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The First Lady Has a Challenge for You: #GimmeFive

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Five years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a nationwide initiative called Let’s Move!  to get kids moving to a healthier lifestyle.  As part of the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady is encouraging Americans across the country to give out high-fives when they see someone making healthy choices. And she’s challenging everyone to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life.Have you been making healthier choices over the past five years? #GimmeFive! Have you planted a garden, joined a dance class, eaten more fruits and vegetables? #GimmeFive! And, in the spirit of Let’s Move! – whether it’s pushups or recipes or hours spent on your health – can you #GimmeFive more?

To hear First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate the five year anniversary of Let’s Move go to : http://1.usa.gov/1Ho0dkZ

To read more about Let’s Move! : http://1.usa.gov/18yiIXr

Five Cheers for the fifth anniversary: http://1.usa.gov/1C2aqU7

 

Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Center for American Progress has published a new report, Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth. This report compiles existing research in order to provide an overview of the demographics of transgender homeless youth, their experiences while homeless, and the factors that contribute to homelessness and housing instability among this community.

Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: http://ampr.gs/1MeZCF4

Kid-friendly Recipes You Can Make with Your Kids

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Kids.gov – Join Millions of Parents for National Nutrition Month

Give a boost to nutrition and healthy eating by having a grocery list that includes variety. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of kid-friendly recipes that you can cook with your kids. Cooking together means quality time together.

You can provide the ideal setting to discuss good nutrition habits by making cooking fun.

So grab your aprons and get cooking!

Cool Treats: Veggies and Smoothies – http://1.usa.gov/1AMbTbt

Fast and Fun Recipes (PDF version) – http://bit.ly/1DQfp6I

Healthy Recipes for Kids – http://1.usa.gov/17W2WFM

Recipes for Special Diets (including diabetes, lactose intolerant and others) – http://bit.ly/1Kt4OHP

What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

In response to the increased number of cases of measles, including an outbreak at an amusement park in California, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a list of FAQ’s.

What You Need to Know: FAQ’s on the Measles: http://1.usa.gov/1DKUO6d

Educational Resources for Parents and Childcare Providers: http://1.usa.gov/18hlr7C

Youth Violence Prevention

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Ready to take action and prevent youth violence in your community? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interactive tool, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) offers training and resources required for practitioners and communities to devise a tailored approach to youth violence prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1AM9q44

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) has released a new resource: State Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Practice Guide. Substance Use Disorders present particular challenges for State agencies, and the complex needs of this populations are different than the adult population. See the guide for guidance on principles of care, service elements, and administrative considerations: http://bit.ly/1FXYaGg

Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals & Snack Foods an Issue with Salt and Sugar Content

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The March 2015 issue of Pediatrics includes a study on the amount of sodium and sugar in complementary infant and toddler foods. Researchers examined the sodium and sugar content of 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts.

Results: “Out of 79 infant mixed grains and fruits, 41 contained at least one added sugar, and 35 of these foods contained more than 35 percent calories from sugar. Seventy-two percent of toddler dinners were high in sodium, containing more than 210 mg consumed per meal. On average, dry fruit-based snacks contained 60 grams of sugar and 66 percent of calories from total sugars.”

They discovered the most commonly added sugars were:

Fruit juice concentrate (56 percent)

Sugar (33 percent)

Cane (20 percent)

Syrup (15 percent)

Malt (7 percent)

Sodium and Sugar in Complementary Infant and Toddler Foods Sold in the United States, to read more http://bit.ly/1vFBLF3

To learn more about your keeping your child healthy go to: http://bit.ly/1vFBX6Y

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Treating Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A new study “Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Management and Outcomes Among Children With Type 1 Diabetes,” in the March 2015 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 16), found racial disparities in insulin treatment methods and diabetes outcomes remained even after adjusting for socioeconomic status. To read more on this study go to http://bit.ly/1BlP9Fw

Braille Tales Print Braille Book Program

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

American Printing House (APH) for the Blind and the Dollywood Foundation have an exciting partnership that expands Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program http://bit.ly/1CIwP4O  by providing  young children who are blind and visually impaired with accessible books in print/braille and audio formats.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a part of the Dollywood Foundation, partners with local sponsors in 1,300 communities in 3 countries to provide a quality, age appropriate book each month to preschool children enrolled in the program.

Print, Braille Books, Audio
APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership with the support of Penguin Group USA, offers a growing collection of audio files of Imagination Library books available as free downloads.  See the selected Imagination Library audio books for the month of February. http://bit.ly/1yX4NQM

Books are available free-of-charge in print/braille format. APH selects the titles from the current year’s DPIL booklist—those most appropriate for a child with a visual impairment.

Print/braille versions are mailed directly to the child’s family. When you enroll in the Braille Tales Print/Braille Book Program, your family can receive six free print/braille books each year until the child reaches his/her 6th birthday. There are eligibility requirements for the program. You or your child must meet the definition of blindness.
To learn more about the program visit http://bit.ly/1CIwP4O

Webinar: Youth Justice, Youth of Color and Health Policy Implications

Monday, February 16th, 2015

From the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities:

“In this webinar, Burns Institute founder James Bell will discuss justice policy implementation trends with particular attention to their impact on the mental health and life outcomes for youth of color. The presentation will also include a review of national youth incarceration data and strategies that are used to assist jurisdictions in understanding disparities in their youth justice system.”

February 19, 2015 3-4pm EST

Register: http://bit.ly/1DxXK7g