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The 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is Here!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The First Lady is once again teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation.
The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. Don’t forget to submit by April 4! Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1QyHF7a

Youth and E-Cigarettes

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Though cigarette use has declined among middle and high school students, use of electronic cigarettes increased among middle and high school students from 2011 to 2014, according to the  CDC.

  • Nearly 4 of every 100 middle school students (3.9%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 0.6% in 2011.
  • More than 13 of every 100 high school students (13.4%) reported in 2014 that they used electronic cigarettes in the past 30 days—an increase from 1.5% in 2011.

Adolescence is a critical time for brain development and exposure to nicotine can have lasting harmful effects.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers an infographic illustrating the statistics of e-cigarettes and youth http://1.usa.gov/1LN6c9F 
MedlinePlus includes teen information for teens about e-cigarettes at MedlinePlus http://1.usa.gov/21TRXXZ as well as how they are being advertised to youth from a recent CDC Vital Signs report http://1.usa.gov/1R1uCZ2

 

 

Study Shows Fidgeting Could Possibly Help ADHD Students Learn Better

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)

Research shows that students, who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fidget in the classroom, may learn better. Until more is known, it is recommended that students should not have total control in the classroom and thus parents and teachers should focus less whether a child is sitting still and more on whether their work is completed. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218caDH

To learn more about ADHD, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage: 1.usa.gov/1pnQyrm

Active Meetings and Classrooms

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Making Meetings More Active

Go4Life suggests some simple ways to be active during meetings and breaks: http://1.usa.gov/1oKshf3

Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores (and Spelling Grades)

Excerpt from HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News

“Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given “physically active” lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way.

Experts not involved with the study called the findings “encouraging.” But they also said it’s too soon to push for physically active classrooms everywhere.”

To read the full article, visit http://1.usa.gov/1VHjQez

Keeping your kid’s teeth healthy

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20% of school-aged children have untreated tooth decay.

MedlinePlus has resources for preventing tooth decay and other dental health issues, from birth through adulthood.

Child Dental Health: http://1.usa.gov/1QtrW6d

Dental Health: http://1.usa.gov/1TAdTCj

Norovirus in Schools and other Institutional Settings

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed.

Norovirus outbreaks occur in a range of institutional settings, for example, schools, child care centers, colleges, prisons, and military encampments. Norovirus outbreaks on university campuses have led to campus closures. This happened recently at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA where about 200 students were affected. Dining halls and some classes were canceled or closed.

To learn more about this virus visit the CDC’s page at http://1.usa.gov/1QmsqLn or view this video Have You Ever Heard of Norovirus? (On YouTube) This short video explains what norovirus is, how it spreads, and how you can protect yourself and loved ones from getting it. Running Time: 2:37 minutes Date Released: 12/10/2015 Transcript[2 pages]

CDC: Help Protect Babies from Whooping Cough

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious illness that can be especially serious for babies. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following steps to protect babies from whooping cough:

  • If you are pregnant, get vaccinated with the whooping cough vaccine in your third trimester.
  • Surround your baby with family members and caregivers who are up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccine.
  • Make sure your baby gets all his doses of the whooping cough vaccine.

More information about protecting babies from whooping cough: http://1.usa.gov/1SPOi8T

Protect Babies from Whooping Cough Infographic: http://1.usa.gov/1R4rezs

Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Webinar from the National Institute of Mental Health:

Webinar: Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 12pm – 1pm EST

Presenter: Erin Berman, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)

There is no cost to participate in this webinar.

Please note that participants will need access to a computer and the ability to download or temporarily run the software WebEx. Directions on how to access the software will be included in a registration email.

Contact Kalene DeHaut, LCSW at kalene.dehaut@nih.gov to register.”

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21-27

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. Millions of people across the country suffer from eating disorders, but by increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, so early intervention can mean saving lives. Learn more at http://bit.ly/20LXMTk

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The 11th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on March 10, 2016. The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), http://1.usa.gov/1SxODwx , at the end of 2010, women accounted for one in four people living with HIV infection in the United States. Compared with women of other racial/ethnic groups, African-American women and Hispanic/Latino women are disproportionately affected by HIV. These facts underscore the importance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed on March 10. The annual observance joins together organizations and communities in a nationwide effort to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to protect women and girls from HIV.  Go to http://1.usa.gov/1TJ7EeL and for useful education materials as well as http://1.usa.gov/1mikP8G