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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2015 Results

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors contributing to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and STDs, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors,  and inadequate physical activity. For 2015 results, you can

  • read and share CDC YRBSS Results and Trend Fact Sheets,
  • watch Healthcare Triage: Kids Today… Are Pretty Great by Aaron Caroll comparing results from 1991 to those from 2015,
  • use the YRBSS Youth Online to create your own comparison, such as results from 1995 and 2015,

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grant

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Healthy Tomorrows projects must represent a new initiative within the community or an innovative component that builds on existing community resources. Projects usually target low-income populations and address four key areas:

  1. Access to health care services,
  2. Community-based health care,
  3. Preventive health care, and
  4. Service coordination

The program requires direct clinical or public health services, pediatrician/pediatric primary care provider involvement, 2 to 1 non-federal matching funds in years 2 – 5, a realistic evaluation component, and an advisory board.

For more information, visit Deadline is August 2, 2016.

The People’s Garden Initiative

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The People’s Garden Initiative works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities. This work is accomplished through collaboration and volunteerism. It is named in honor of President Lincoln’s description of USDA as “The People’s Department.” Learn more at

Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The National Council on Disability has created a new resource for parents with disabilities: Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit. The toolkit covers issues parents and prospective parents with disabilities face every day, including adoption and foster care, reproductive health, child welfare, family law, and what is required by law from government services. Download the toolkit at:

Handout: Exercising with your kids creates long-lasting health

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The American Public Health Association has created a new tipsheet entitled “Exercising with your kids creates long-lasting health.” The handout is shareable and printable and available in English, Spanish and Easy-to-Read versions.

Healthy You:

MedlinePlus has additional resources for family-friendly fitness.

Exercise for Children:

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

This year, during Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, the CDC is encouraging swimmers to protect themselves and their loved ones from getting sick or hurt while enjoying the pool, hot tub/spa, or water playground . Learn more about how to stay healthy while swimming or playing in the water, visit CDC’s Healthy Swimming Websites  or and/or the Drowning Prevention Website

Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

A new consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of bullying as well as the context, scope, and impact of the problem. The report also outlines next steps in prevention for policymakers, parents, educators, healthcare providers, and others concerned with the care of children.

Report Brief:

Full report:

New National Preconception Health Campaign Webinar May 27

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is launching a new initiative:Advancing Preconception Health in Communities: Launching the First National Consumer Preconception Health Resource & Campaign. Attend a webinar,, on Friday, May 27 to learn more about the program, called Show your Love.

Show Your Love,, encourages young adults and their support systems to show love to themselves, their loved ones, and future families by educating themselves about optimal preconception health practices and taking an active role in their health and wellness.

Pediatric palliative care materials

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has created materials for families of children with serious illnesses. The materials were developed with input from families and include fact sheets, personal stories and resources.

Palliative Care: Conversations Matter®:

Materials in Spanish:

Asthma Awareness

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

May is Asthma Awareness Month, but these tools and resources can be used all year ’round.  For toolkits, events, social media messages, and other resources, please see the Asthma Community Network,; the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,; the Centers for Disease Control,; and the National Asthma Control Initiative,