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Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshop materials

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Six 1-hour workshops were developed, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Each workshop includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. Workshop titles include:

Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great,

Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks,

Eating Healthy on a Budget,

Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off,

Making Healthy Eating Part of Your Total Lifestyle,

Physical Activity is the Key to Living Well.

All workshops are available in Spanish and are free to order.  For more information:

CDC launches new Healthy Youth website

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health is excited to announce that the Healthy Youth website has a new look! The new Healthy Youth website is in a responsive web design, which means that the content can be easily accessed via multiple devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
In addition, the website has been reorganized to make it easier to find information. Make sure to check out the site for the unveiling!”

Healthy Youth (CDC):

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.

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month: Toolkit

Monday, August 24th, 2015

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month. 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.


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.


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 and “My Friends is Talking About Suicide. What Should I Do?”  (both available in Spanish)

National Institute of Mental Health – Suicide Prevention

Guide: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide

Toolkit: Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools

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;  (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.

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:

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:

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