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Dental Sealants Effective Protection for Preventing Cavities

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

From CDC Vital Signs. Learn about dental sealants, thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) and how it  can prevent cavities for years. You will find  a detailed fact sheet to download as well as educational  infographics. On related pages you can find  information on school- based sealant programs and oral health data


Virtual Healthy School

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“The Virtual Healthy School is an online, interactive school that provides innovative learning experiences to help make schools healthier. While the Virtual Healthy School’s major themes are nutrition, physical education and physical activity, and the management of chronic health conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes) in schools—the tool includes examples of all 10 components of the [Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)] model incorporated into the entire school.”

Visitors to the Virtual Healthy School can navigate through different school rooms and find evidence-based strategies and action steps.

Virtual Healthy School:

FDA warns against the use of homeopathic teething tablets and gels

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From the Food and Drug Administration:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products and dispose of any in their possession.

Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others, and are sold in retail stores and online.

Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething tablets or gels.”

Looking for ways to help your baby through teething? MedlinePlus has resources:

Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The National Indian Health Board, in partnership with the Indian Health Service, offers a new resource. Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth. This toolkit introduces Native youth to concepts of the ACA, Medicaid, and health insurance coverage, and encourages Native youth to learn more from their local Patient Benefit Coordinator (PBC) or Enrollment Assistor Entities. Access the toolkit:

Insurance Gains among Young Adults

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Just released, according to AHRQ Stats as of mid-2015, young adults ages 18 to 29 were the most likely to gain health insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. The uninsured rate for this group declined from 31 percent to 15 percent. Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. For more details, see the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy here,


Dental Hygiene Resources

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

October is Dental Hygiene Month. The National Library of Medicine has resources to promote good oral health.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce has a Dental Public Health topic page that includes Health Promotion resources:

Multilingual Resources include:

Child Dental Health (MedlinePlus):

Dental Health (MedlinePlus):


Tips for Healthy School (and Work) Lunches

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Do you pack a lunch for you and/or your kids? Many prepackaged meals are full of salt, added sugar and extra calories. Here are tips for building healthier lunches and keeping food safe until lunchtime.

School Lunches (Nemours):

Back to School Fuel (The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health):

Color Me Healthy

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Coloring books for both children and adults have become very popular lately. A blog post from NLM’s Circulating Now: From the Historical Collections of the World’s Largest Biomedical Library highlights this trend with references to The Latest Greatest Coloring Book about Lice from the National Pediculosis Association, CDC’s Express Your Health and The Non-Color AIDS Color Me Deadly Coloring Book, and Skeeter Beaters about preventing Zika mosquitoes. Coloring books are popular health education tools for children used by organizations to teach everything from proper eating habits to what to expect during hospital stays.

NLM also has an adult coloring book featuring images from the History of Medicine. To read more, see

Epilepsy Resources for Schools

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Over 400,000 children in the U.S. have epilepsy. School personnel can use the Centers for Disease Control to get Seizure training, download first aid instructions and find other information to support students with epilepsy. For additional information about epilepsy, including resources for children and teens, check out MedlinePlus.

Epilepsy in Schools (CDC):

Epilepsy (MedlinePlus):

Open Use Playgrounds and Schoolyards

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Salud America provides a toolkit for communities to work towards open use of school fields, playgrounds and other recreational facilities outside of school hours. The toolkit outlines how to talk to school leaders to consider how to create an open use policy to increase and encourage physical activity which can improved health and lower the risk of disease. Download the toolkit here: