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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

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

Shatter the Myths about Drugs and Alcohol

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 25-31) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) science to shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens may get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends. The online guide gives you everything you need to plan, promote, and host your National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week event. For more information, promotional resources and activity ideas, see: http://1.usa.gov/1NH3SzR

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