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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The U.S. Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families has published a new fact sheet: Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners. A review of current research linking protective factors to well-being for children exposed to domestic violence is covered.  Topics include individual skills and capacities that can improve the well-being of children exposed to violence; how parents, guardians, and others can contribute to the well-being of these children; creating supportive communities; and strategies for practitioners. For more information, see: http://1.usa.gov/1RNifE2

Connecting Kids to Coverage

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

February 11 at 3:00 pm EST (2:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm MT, Noon PT)

Register for the free webinar http://bit.ly/1P7sspV

Children and teenagers in your congregation or community may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many parents may be eligible for Medicaid as well. Learn about the nationwide effort to identify children and youth eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and get them enrolled http://1.usa.gov/1OoM2hS

 

Teen Nutrition: Making Healthy Choices Easier

Monday, January 11th, 2016

This month’s Healthy You tipsheet from the American Public Health Association features advice on how to make healthy eating easier for teens. The tipsheet is available in English, Spanish, easy-to-read and audio versions.

Healthy You (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

Get kids vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer

Monday, January 11th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 4,000 women die in the United States every year from cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical and other cancers. The vaccine is very safe and has cut human papillomavirus infections among teen girls by half since 2006. Both boys and girls should get the HPV vaccine by age 13.

Protect Your Daughters from Cervical Cancer (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1RwFaFg

MedlinePlus has information on HPV in English and eleven other languages: http://1.usa.gov/1SdgWzQ

E-cigarette Ads are Reaching Middle and High School Students

Friday, January 8th, 2016

About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes – independence, rebellion and sex – used to sell cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause youth to start using those products. The unrestricted marketing of e-cigarettes and dramatic increases in their use by youth could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth. Efforts by states, communities, and others could reduce this exposure.

CDC E-cigarette Ads and Youth: http://1.usa.gov/1S8qJXT

The Relationship of Nearsightedness found in U.S. Children and Electronic Devices

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Adapted from article in Health Day (MedlinePlus):

In the article, More Computer Time May Be Causing Nearsightedness in U.S. Kids, the time allotted to electronic devices may be causing nearsightedness in children across the United States. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, has doubled in the last 50 years according to ophthalmologists. Dr. David Hunter, chief of ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital explains, “Nearsightedness is when your eyes are capable of focusing up close but not far away. It generally happens when the eye grows too long, and the best focus point no longer aligns well with the area at the back of the eye called the retina.” Experts suspect the increase in Myopia rates found in children is because of the ongoing trend of many focusing on something near their eyes in artificial light and the lack of time spent outdoors in natural light. For more information, the article can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1PKzbJi

 

Reminder: Toy Safety for Children

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Adapted from article in Health Day (MedlinePlus):

In the article, Make Toy Safety a Top Concern by Robert Preidt, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 252,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for toy-related injuries last year. The commission reported that seventy percent of those children were 12 or younger. In an effort to reduce those numbers, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend parents to choose toy with caution and pay close attention to safety guidelines. For more information, the article can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/1PINpME

 

Teenage Pregnancy Down 61% Since 1991

Monday, January 4th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, teenage pregnancy in the United States is at its lowest rate ever. However, racial and ethnic disparities still exist.

For more information, check out QuickStats: Birth Rates Among Females Aged 15–19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1991 and 2014http://1.usa.gov/1VBJsKg

MedlinePlus has resources on prevention of teenage pregnancy and for pregnant girls and their partners: http://1.usa.gov/1RlRR3R

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Start the New Year off with a commitment to form better habits. Here are some ideas for talking to your kids about how to stay healthy and safe in the New Year. They are organized by age groups.

http://bit.ly/1QqqOFZ

HPV Vaccine: new handout from American Public Health Association

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The American Public Health Association has downloadable and shareable consumer health fact sheets in English and Spanish. The November/December 2015 topic is “HPV vaccine: A shot that can help protect your child from cancer”.

Read this and other fact sheets: http://bit.ly/UD9hur