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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

U.S. Expands Healthy Food Assistance to Women, Infants and Children

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

“Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government’s so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday [February 28, 2014.]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.

The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited to such basics as milk, infant formula, cheese, eggs, cereals, bread and tuna fish.

But many of the changes finalized by the USDA on Friday were instituted on an interim basis in 2007, including the introduction of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to the list of WIC-covered foods.

In its final form, the overhaul will boost by 30 percent, or $2 per month, the allowance for each child’s fruit and vegetable purchases, and permit fresh produce in lieu of jarred infant food for babies, if their parents prefer.

The update also expands whole grain options available to recipients and allows yogurt as a partial milk substitute, adding to the soy-based beverages and tofu that were previously included.”

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New health website from PBS’ Arthur

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

PBS KIDS announced the launch of a new mobile-friendly website based on Arthur called “Arthur Family Health,”  and features topics such as asthma, peanut allergies, nutrition and fitness. The website offers games as well as videos to communicate health informaiton and also has special sections for parents and teachers.

To visit Arthur Family Health click here:

In 2012, PBS releases an app called D.W.’s Unicorn Adventure that encourages kids ages 4-6 to help D.W. save a lost unicorn by powering up with nutritious foods.

To download the app for iOS click here:

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed as a way to encourage sharing knowledge and taking action. Ways to get involved include learning about the Affordable Care Act, locating testing services, and promoting the webinar on March 10, “Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV/AIDS.” See for more information:

New SAMHSA Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

Friday, February 21st, 2014

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Blog:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a Resource Guide to help health care and social service practitioners provide guidance to families on how to support their children who are coming out or identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

To read the rest of the RWJF post visit the RWJF Public Health blog:

To see the SAMHSA resource guide page, visit the SAMHSA store:

New webinar series: Girls Matter!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar series dedicated to the behavioral health of girls.


“This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.

SAMHSA has created this webinar series to: Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18) and Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls.”


  • Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
  • The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
  • Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
  • Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
  • Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
  • The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)

Learn more and register for webinars:

February News in Health

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The February NIH News in Health is now available.  Articles include:

  • Stop the Spread of Superbugs
  • Gripped by Gout
  • Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
  • Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
  • Featured Website: NIDA for Teens

Read these articles and access past issues:

Dating Matters: online training for educators

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Dating Matters, a 60-minute, interactive online course from the Centers for Disease Control, helps educators and youth leaders recognize the warning signs of teen dating violence.

Dating Matters™ takes place in a virtual school setting, complete with navigation through school hallways and classrooms. A teacher’s whiteboard presents information in a user-friendly way and provide navigation, help, and interactive resources for use throughout the course.” (CDC)

Access the training and read how the training has been implemented in four cities:

Partnership for Male Youth: Health Provider Toolkit

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Adolescent boys and young-adult males do not see doctors or access the healthcare system nearly as much as teen girls and young women — and that gap has significant health consequences for guys throughout their lives, says a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. To help healthcare providers better serve young men and teens, The Partnership for Male Youth is launching a free, Web-based clinical toolkit:

Drugs and Your Body

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

A new interactive teen website from Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse lets teens see how drug use affects their bodies. The site encourages critical thinking and offers tools for teachers, administators, parents and librarians:

Talking with Teens

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Adolescent Health is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents. Research confirms that what adults say matters — it plays a role in helping teens make healthy choices. Talking With Teens is a website offering tools and ideas for parents and other adults to get started talking to their teens.