The National Health Start Association has a toolkit to help raise awareness of infant mortality and other resources to help reduce the number of babies who do not live to their 1st birthday. The Celebrate Day 366 Campaign Resources include the toolkit, web badge and resource card for distribution. Available here: http://bit.ly/17SdYdp
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September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matter Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes healthier eating through this awareness campaign. Look for fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables like grapes, pomegranates, squash and Swiss chard. The CDC recommends filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Find healthy recipe ideas, tips and facts about fruits and vegetables on the Fruits & Veggies – More Matters web site: http://bit.ly/19fIsmY. There’s even a Food Champs game and information center meant just for kids.
Make the most of the focus on childhood obesity in September and use these resources to create healthy changes among the children in your community.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The rate of childhood obesity has risen dramatically over the past four decades. However, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drops in obesity rates for preschool-aged children in many states. These decreases show that the epidemic of childhood obesity can be reversed. The obesity rate among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children is currently 31%, compared to 16% of white children. Obesity puts children at greater risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a nationwide movement to increase awareness of the epidemic of childhood obesity. Visit the Childhood Obesity Awareness Month website - http://bit.ly/18petrt - to learn more about activities and outreach and to download a toolkit with ideas for your community. Other ideas for helping kids eat right, get active and reduce screen time are available through We Can! site from the National Institutes of Health: http://1.usa.gov/1cCWu3S
As students go back to school, many of them will be caring lunch boxes with them. The United States Department of Agriculture has tips, including an instructional video on packing lunches with food safety in mind: http://1.usa.gov/14y8bXY
Mental Health America just announced new resources on student mental health.
“A student’s mental health is just as important as their general health,” said Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “We know the start of a new school year can be a stressful time for students all ages. These resources are designed to help everyone—students, parents and administrators—promote good mental health and ensure resources are available.”
The Back to Campus Toolkit includes fact sheets for students and information for colleges and universities about what types of services should be in place to address the mental health needs of the student body
A Back to School List of Tips provides important steps parents can take to support their child as he or she heads back to school.
Check out MedlinePlus’s topic on School Health <http://1.usa.gov/OiJZP6 > for the latest news and information. One new resource from the CDC is Helping Your Child Manage Diabetes at School. See related topics on bullying, child safety and college health.
The Journal of Adolescent Health has published a supplement on The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide. Included in the issue is an editorial entitled Bullying and Suicide: a Public Health Approach by staff at the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The full Supplement is online and available at no-cost: http://bit.ly/16h5Gbz
A new online training course will help health care professionals conduct fast, evidence-based alcohol screening and brief intervention with youth. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, produced the course jointly with Medscape, a leading provider of online continuing medical education.
“Just in time for back-to-school physicals, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses can learn how to use a simple youth alcohol screening tool and earn up to 2.5 continuing education credits or contact hours,” said Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., acting director of NIAAA. “This new course joins NIAAA’s family of evidence-based, user-friendly products to help clinicians identify patients of all ages who are at risk for alcohol-related problems, and to intervene early, when we have the best chance to prevent problems.”
For the full release, visit: http://1.usa.gov/15NYIar
For children who have been HIV-infected since birth, current anti-HIV drug regimens may protect against the delays in puberty that had been seen in HIV-infected children taking older regimens, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
HIV appears to delay puberty. Among children born before 1990, more than 10 percent of HIV-positive girls and boys had not entered puberty by 12 and 13 years of age, respectively. However, a study published in the journal AIDS has found that puberty was delayed for less than 1 percent of children born since 1997, when more effective anti-HIV drug therapies became widely available. Combination antiretroviral treatments — three or more drugs from two or more different anti-HIV drug classes — are now the standard therapy.
For the full brief, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1ePhJPl