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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

New health website from PBS’ Arthur

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

PBS KIDS announced the launch of a new mobile-friendly website based on Arthur called “Arthur Family Health,”  and features topics such as asthma, peanut allergies, nutrition and fitness. The website offers games as well as videos to communicate health informaiton and also has special sections for parents and teachers.

To visit Arthur Family Health click here: http://to.pbs.org/MRURXP

In 2012, PBS releases an app called D.W.’s Unicorn Adventure that encourages kids ages 4-6 to help D.W. save a lost unicorn by powering up with nutritious foods.

To download the app for iOS click here: http://bit.ly/1dwVjW1

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed as a way to encourage sharing knowledge and taking action. Ways to get involved include learning about the Affordable Care Act, locating testing services, and promoting the webinar on March 10, “Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV/AIDS.” See AIDS.gov for more information:  http://1.usa.gov/P1OhQH

New SAMHSA Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

Friday, February 21st, 2014

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Blog:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a Resource Guide to help health care and social service practitioners provide guidance to families on how to support their children who are coming out or identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

To read the rest of the RWJF post visit the RWJF Public Health blog: http://bit.ly/1mysMWf

To see the SAMHSA resource guide page, visit the SAMHSA store: http://1.usa.gov/1fFKVIK

New webinar series: Girls Matter!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) is offering a webinar series dedicated to the behavioral health of girls.

From SAMHSA:

“This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.

SAMHSA has created this webinar series to: Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18) and Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls.”

Schedule:

  • Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)
  • The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (Thursday, March 13, 2014)
  • Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities (Tuesday, April 22, 2014)
  • Digital Girls: Confession, Connection, and Disconnection (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)
  • Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)
  • The Power of Youth Development and Recovery Supports (Thursday, July 24, 2014)

Learn more and register for webinars: http://bit.ly/1jwm6T7

February News in Health

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The February NIH News in Health is now available.  Articles include:

  • Stop the Spread of Superbugs
  • Gripped by Gout
  • Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
  • Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
  • Featured Website: NIDA for Teens

Read these articles and access past issues: http://1.usa.gov/1fab6a9