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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Friday, December 12th, 2014

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.

For more information on safe toys and gifts, including guidelines for selecting safe toys, visit the HealthTradition with Mayo Clinic Health Services website:

For a safe toys checklist, visit

Above the Influence Toolkit

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids,, provides resources and ideas for parents, families and communities. Their “Above the Influence” toolkit includes activities that can be used with youth 12-17 years old across a variety of community settings to boost confidence, and prevent risk-taking behaviors, including alcohol and drug-abuse. Learn more at:

Lead in Toys

Monday, December 8th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control has a fact page on lead for parents and others buying toys for children. The page includes a link to the Consumer Products Safety Commission list of recalled toys.

Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys (CDC):

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Child Welfare Information Gateway: Updated website. Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. The revised site features resources and materials for administrators and managers in child protective services, and new information on reporting, screening and assessment, case work practice, differential response, and trauma-informed practice.

Nutrition lesson plans for high schoolers

Monday, November 24th, 2014

From the United States Department of Agriculture:

“SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students are now available! This series of four lesson plans is designed to help students grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. Teachers can select from a variety of topics including selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.”

Resources for younger kids also available.

Health and Nutrition Information for Educators (USDA):

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Friday, November 7th, 2014

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Each year, as many as 1.6 million youth per year may experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines, many homeless youth are victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

Resources from National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
Resources from MedlinePlus:

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory equips professional health providers with an introduction to spice and bath salts in the context of treating people with substance use disorders and mental illness. Spice (synthetic cannabinoids) and bath salts (synthetic cathinones) refer to two groups of designer drugs that have increased in popularity in recent years. Discusses adverse effects of use, patient assessment, abstinence monitoring, among other issues.

SAMHSA Spice, Bath Salts, and Behavioral Health Advisory: (PDF)

DiversityDataKids website

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

State and county-level profiles and maps providing data on children, including population, race/ethnicity, types of households, teenage mother births, low birthweight, and more.

Webcast: Brain development and youth programs

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

From Child Trends:

“Join us for a webcast of the 2014 Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture! You’ll learn: how the brain grows and learns; how the brain responds to trauma, and how this response differs in children and adults; how the environment, experience, and genetics impact the brain’s response to challenges and learning; and how programs can apply this new research to help children and youth. Participants include: Moderator Kristin Anderson Moore, Ph.D., senior scholar at Child Trends; Presenter Jane Roskams, Ph.D., professor in the Brain Research Centre and director of the lab of neural regeneration and brain repair at the University of British Columbia; Respondent Daniel Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools; and Respondent Dianna Walters, associate at the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Join the conversation on Twitter using #braininsights.”

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 1-2PM ET

Watch the webcast:

Project SHARE Curriculum

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

University of Maryland/Health Sciences and Human Services Library: New resource.Project SHARE Curriculum. This program aims to empower high school students as community health advocates and promote improved health in communities. The curriculum includes downloadable lesson plans, assignments, handouts and experiential learning activities.