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Health Impacts of Climate Change

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences offers a free webinar sponsored by its Partnerships for Environmental Health on April 25, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, “Assessing Population Vulnerability to Health Impacts of Climate Change”:  http://1.usa.gov/1l8W1tT

Certain populations are particularly at risk to the health effects of climate change, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, and those living in urban or coastal areas. This webinar will describe ongoing research focused on assessing factors that may mediate increased risks among select vulnerable populations.

 

Free Tools to Track Your Child’s Developmental Health

Friday, April 11th, 2014

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

“We often think of height and weight, but from birth to age 5, your child should reach specific milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Not reaching a milestone in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it’s recognized the more you can do to help your child reach his or her full potential.”

For a list of tools and more information, visit the CDC page: http://1.usa.gov/1i8s2TK

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Campaign

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.

The campaign’s mission is to:

  • Promote universal screening.
  • Identify possible delays and behavioral issues in any child setting.
  • Enhance developmental supports for children.
  • Offer resources for professionals working with children.

These resources include screening tools, user guides for different audiences (including behavioral health providers), and an array of online resources for providers and parents.

http://1.usa.gov/1kOvwKc

Youth Violence Prevention Week: Resources

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Youth violence is a large health concern. Youth can be the victims, the perpetrators and/or the witnesses to violence. According to the CDC, homicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Americans age 10-24, but youth violence can also including bullying, assault and other aggressive behaviors.

The CDC has a number of resources on understanding and preventing youth violence: http://1.usa.gov/1jLakGg

It’s Public Health Week

Monday, April 7th, 2014

April 7-13, 2014 is National Public Health Week.  Each day this week has a theme with information and tips for improving the health of your community.

Monday, April 7: Be Healthy From the Start (maternal and child health) http://bit.ly/1hd49v7

Tuesday, April 8: Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness) http://bit.ly/1i89XS2

Wednesday, April 9: Get Out Ahead (prevention) http://bit.ly/1gumQok

Thursday, April 10: Eat Well (food safety and nutrition) http://bit.ly/1lG5c8P

Friday, April 11: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public health policy) http://bit.ly/1efH1Gv

 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for a resource guide, publications, videos and social media widgets.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: http://1.usa.gov/1ho63Ds

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Legislative and Regulatory Action

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. On the SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action website, keep updated on the latest school nutrition related bills and legislation introduced in Congress, as well as federal, state, and local policies and regulations about school nutrition programs.

SNA Legislative and Regulatory Action: http://bit.ly/1i7BXFg

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

HHS and National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) recognize April as Alcohol Awareness Month with the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. For a toolkit, resources, and ideas on how you or your organization can raise awareness about alcoholism, please visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at http://bit.ly/1iknxCZ and HealthFinder at http://1.usa.gov/1kvXqua

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Parents and educators can use the resources below to education kids on alcohol abuse.

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot http://1.usa.gov/1mNE73M

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking http://1.usa.gov/1grxwUJ

Too Smart to Start http://1.usa.gov/Pow67w

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)  http://1.usa.gov/PowkLS

 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Resources

Monday, March 10th, 2014

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

To learn more about developmental disabilities, go to MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1loIlLH

For resources on creating a safe environment for youth with disabilities, go to StopBullying.gov: http://1.usa.gov/1gkJ1gU

 

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.”

To read more visit: http://reut.rs/1ovhQo5