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Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The pressure is on to keep blood pressure down in children. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a majority of school-aged children eat more sodium than recommended, which can lead to high blood pressure. In addition, 1 in 6 children already has raised blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.

Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight. The taste for salt is established through diet at a young age. Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared, and served.

Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets: http://1.usa.gov/YYFjZs

Mercury and Our Health

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added “Mercury and Our Health,” an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health.

The animation introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading.

“Mercury and Our Health,” NLMNIH YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1r4OH6M

“Mercury and Our Health,” Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/1pkLYlM

Environmental Health Student Portal: http://1.usa.gov/Zsh8CC

Latest Child and Family Trauma Resources

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) added a new section to its website that focuses on trauma. Children and families involved in child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems often have significant, prolonged, and generational exposure to traumatic environments and experiences. This new section offers links to resources that focus on trauma within the substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and court systems and its impact on the children and families who enter those systems.  http://1.usa.gov/1qhIxws

What is Enterovirus D68?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a total of 82 people in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) as of September 11, 2014. Hospitals across the Midwest are seeing high rates of children admitted with EV-D68-like symptoms, although not all have been confirmed.

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses with symptoms including fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches with some infections causing severe respiratory illness. To read more information on symptoms, treatments, and prevention, visit the CDC EV-D68 page: http://1.usa.gov/1pd0Tyr

September Issue of CDC Vital Signs

Friday, September 12th, 2014

This month’s issue of Vital Signs, a monthly report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), focuses on reducing sodium in children’s diets.

According to the report:

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight.

For the full report, including the infographic and research, visit the CDC’s Vital Signs page: http://1.usa.gov/1qNRaUz

 

September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

OMH recognizes September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Find events, media toolkits, statistics and other resources at

Office of Minority Health – http://1.usa.gov/X2vZCg

National Healthy Start Association – http://bit.ly/YB1pkF

Center for Disease Control – http://1.usa.gov/1lXD1Uv

March of Dimes – http://bit.ly/WPeBAl

 

OMH and NHSA: Community event. Baby Buggy Walk in the Park. While enjoying a fun-filled day in the park, families will learn about eating right, exercise, health-related resources in their own communities and how these elements work together to give their babies a better start in life. September 13, 2014 in various locations. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1qyRBjU

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Monday, September 8th, 2014

From the Annie E. Casey Foundation:

“The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2014, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa; the three lowest-ranked were Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi. The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics.”

Read the report, which includes trends in child well-being since 1990: http://bit.ly/1we4guD

Special needs factsheets for educators

Monday, September 8th, 2014

KidsHealth.org has fact sheets on health conditions that can affect learning. Designed for K-12 educators, each fact sheet provides an overview of the condition and how it can affect a child or adolescent’s time at school. The fact sheets also provide tips for teachers and other school personnel can be supportive of students dealing with conditions such as ADHD, asthma, diabetes, cutting, visual impairments and inflammatory bowel disease.

Access fact sheets: http://bit.ly/1CJdZ0v

Funding Opportunity: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Maternal and Child Health – Grants to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by increasing their access to health services.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: October 14, 2014

More information and to apply: http://bit.ly/Yfls7Q

Upcoming Webinar: The Way Forward—Integrating the Voice of Suicide Attempt Survivors Into the Suicide Prevention Discussion

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 2 p.m.–3 p.m. Eastern Time

Aimed at the broader suicide prevention community, this webinar will provide a brief overview of the Action Alliance’s Suicide Attempt Survivor Task Force document, “The Way Forward, Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness With Insights from Lived Expertise.”

The overview will highlight the paper’s core values for supporting suicide attempt survivors with an emphasis on how these values can be supported in broader settings (policies, programs, practices). The presentation will note how “The Way Forward” provides explicit recommendations, based on evidence-based practices, incorporating personal lived experience of recovery and resilience.

Learn more about and register at: http://bit.ly/1uClPU0