Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category
It can be challenging to know how to react when you notice a friend exhibiting signs of a mental health condition. It’s important first to be able to recognize those warning signs and to then be able to talk with your friend about their situation in a way that is comfortable for them. NAMI has created this infographic to highlight a few steps you should follow in order to help a friend that is going through problems with their mental health. To download the graphic http://bit.ly/1qk7LBZ
It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:
HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Asthma Control Program, has developed a new health education program, Wee Breathers. This interactive program is for health professionals who teach parents of young children about managing asthma. It can be used during home visits, one-on-one or in group classes for parents in child care centers. Materials for families are in English and Spanish, and are at a sixth grade reading level or lower.
Wee Breathers: http://bit.ly/1q9EKcN
A Snapshot of Behavioral Health Issues for Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Boys and MenWednesday, March 16th, 2016
From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this meeting summary highlights issues specific to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) males. This report will provide clinicians with data on the prevalence of depression, suicide, and substance use disorder within the population. Pub id: SMA16-4959 http://1.usa.gov/1S4hq9c
The First Lady is once again teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation.
The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. Don’t forget to submit by April 4! Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1QyHF7a
Though cigarette use has declined among middle and high school students, use of electronic cigarettes increased among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2014, according to the CDC.
- Nearly 4 of every 100 middle school students (3.9%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 0.6% in 2011.
- More than 13 of every 100 high school students (13.4%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 1.5% in 2011.
Adolescence is a critical time for brain development and exposure to nicotine can have lasting harmful effects. The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers an infographic illustrating the statistics of e-cigarettes and youth http://1.usa.gov/1LN6c9F
MedlinePlus includes teen information for teens about e-cigarettes at MedlinePlus http://1.usa.gov/21TRXXZ as well as how they are being advertised to youth from a recent CDC Vital Signs report http://1.usa.gov/1R1uCZ2
Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)
Research shows that students, who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fidget in the classroom, may learn better. Until more is known, it is recommended that students should not have total control in the classroom and thus parents and teachers should focus less whether a child is sitting still and more on whether their work is completed. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218caDH
To learn more about ADHD, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage: 1.usa.gov/1pnQyrm
Making Meetings More Active
Go4Life suggests some simple ways to be active during meetings and breaks: http://1.usa.gov/1oKshf3
Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores (and Spelling Grades)
Excerpt from HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News
“Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given “physically active” lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way.
Experts not involved with the study called the findings “encouraging.” But they also said it’s too soon to push for physically active classrooms everywhere.”
To read the full article, visit http://1.usa.gov/1VHjQez
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20% of school-aged children have untreated tooth decay.
MedlinePlus has resources for preventing tooth decay and other dental health issues, from birth through adulthood.
Child Dental Health: http://1.usa.gov/1QtrW6d
Dental Health: http://1.usa.gov/1TAdTCj