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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

Disaster Resilience Cartoons and Worksheets for Youth/Students

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve is an animated series featuring a young fox (Hunter) and owl (Eve) who together learn how to be resilient and cope with disasters and emergencies. Each episode of this series focuses on one important skill (for example staying safe, keeping calm, solving problems) and provides clear steps toward achieving the skill.Child and youth worksheets are available for each episode in the series. The worksheets include activities that reinforce the steps presented in each video. Discussion starters are also provided, which provide questions for children and youth to think and talk about before and after watching each episode. Discussion starters can be used with individual children or with groups. The first two episodes and accompanying worksheets are available here: http://bit.ly/1TwZNy9

Know The Facts First: Sexual Health Information for Teen Girls

Monday, December 7th, 2015

According to the Office of Women’s Health, about 1 in 4 teens has a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Today, the Office of Women’s Health released a new public health awareness campaign called Know The Facts First to help provide teen girls with accurate information about STIs.

Read the blog post announcing the new resource: http://1.usa.gov/1IA4w1z

Know The Facts First: http://knowthefactsfirst.gov/

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Most everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. They may also have an impact on people who have seen the event either firsthand or on television. [CDC]

Resources for Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
NLM: Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events – http://1.usa.gov/1Nwmm1n
MedlinePlus: Coping with Disasters – http://1.usa.gov/1N13LgR
SAMHSA: Disaster Distress Helpline – http://1.usa.gov/1Tpwgq9

Autism and Exercise: Launch of New Video Series

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launched a new video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise.   The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students.  The series can be found on NCHPAD’s YouTube Channel. http://bit.ly/1MV5XTV

Act To Change

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders sponsors a new website and social media campaign: Act To Change. This campaign aims to increase awareness of bullying and empower communities with information and tools to help prevent and end bullying. Kids and teens are bullied in schools all across the country. Unfortunately, many AAPI youth who are bullied face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. The campaign website includes video and music empowerment playlists and an organizing toolkit, and encourages visitors to “Take the Pledge” to join the  #ActToChange movement and stand up against bullying.  See more information here: http://bit.ly/1P5WXjJ

 

Vaccination: Who Should Do It, Who Should Not and Who Should Take Precautions

Monday, October 26th, 2015

This information from the CDC can help you answer your questions about flu vaccines. This page lists all the people recommended to get the flu vaccine, who can and can’t get the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine and who should take precautions or talk to their doctor or other health care professional before vaccination. http://1.usa.gov/1jRPzwx

Use this information to talk to start a conversation with your doctor or nurse about any questions you may have about which flu vaccines are best for you and your family.

 

 

 

 

 

New updated publication from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth

This report from SAMHSA presents research, clinical expertise, and expert consensus on therapeutic practices related to children’s and adolescent’s sexual orientation and gender identify, and makes the case for eliminating the use of conversion therapy among this population. Pub id: SMA15-4928

Audience: Professional Care Providers, Family & Advocates

http://1.usa.gov/1Rm9UVt

Are You Smarter Than a Public Health Nerd? New game from the CDC

Monday, October 19th, 2015

To test your “Health IQ”, check out a new trivia game from the Centers for Disease Control. The game is available from the Apple App store and Google Play.

More information: http://1.usa.gov/1kjAVP7

Prevention of birth defects: Resources

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 3% of babies born in the United States have an identifiable structural birth defect.

Prevention of birth defects is the subject of an article in this week’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report: http://1.usa.gov/1VHGWk8

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1jeaNnK

New Issue of The Nation’s Health

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The October 2015 of The Nation’s Health from the American Public Health Association has several articles of interest to BHIC readers, including:

  • Public health messaging helps public understand environmental health
    A new toolkit is available to make environmental health accessible for nonprofessionals.
  • Study: Not enough gay, bisexual teen boys get tested for HIV
    At-risk kids do not have the knowledge, access they need.
  • Exiting military for misconduct linked to homelessness risk
    A study shows homelessness is more likely for veterans with marks on their record.
  • Healthy You: Yoga: A complementary health approach

Access full issue: http://bit.ly/1FUQUwp