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American School Health Association announces 2014 award winners
The American School Health Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 ASHA Awards. Each year, ASHA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in a range of capacities in the field of school health. The recipients of the 2014 ASHA Awards will be recognized Saturday, Oct. 11, during the 88th Annual School Health Conference Awards Luncheon. "The ASHA Awards Luncheon is one of the conference’s most special events," said Linda L. Morse, RN, MA, CHES, FASHA, ASHA President. “ASHA’s awards program recognizes professional excellence and thought leaders who make a difference in our school communities for the health and success of the nation’s students.”
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Help ASHA determine our advocacy priorities for 2015 and beyond
Last week all ASHA members received an email requesting input on a survey that was developed by the Advocacy Committee to identify advocacy priorities that ASHA can focus on in 2015. As a reminder, our Advocacy efforts include partnerships with like-minded organizations and alliances that focus on a number of issues impacting schools, children and youth. Also, the priority areas must align with ASHA’s Core Beliefs and some of the questions are related to the expanded coordinated school health model, “Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child.” If you haven’t already completed the survey please do so! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need us to re-send the link to you.
Support Attendance Awareness Month
Sept. 1, marks the second annual celebration of Attendance Awareness Month. America’s Promise Alliance is asking for your support of this important campaign for kids. Here's what you can do:
1) Use the Count Us In! Toolkit to start planning what activities you want to pursue in September
2) Promote Attendance Awareness Month through your networks. Check out the Attendance Awareness Month website for a host of promotional materials such as badges, decals, banners, posters, infographics and more
3) Post your activities (and encourage others to do the same) on the Attendance Awareness Month Action Map.
Study confirms many teen girls face sexual harassment or violence
A study carried out by the Police University College indicates that one in three Finnish girls aged 15-16 has experienced some kind of sexual harassment or violence. The same goes for 22 percent of boys of the same age.
The results are based on a survey of ninth graders last year, which received just over 5,000 responses. According to the results, teenagers are most often harassed and taken advantage of in dating relationships, online and through their hobbies.
Weight associated with bullying behavior in younger children
2 Minute Medicine
Bullying is a pervasive phenomenon that has a significant impact on a child’s self-worth and school success. Past research has identified overweight and obese teens as a particularly vulnerable group for bullying, specifically finding that these teens are at an increased risk of being subject to verbal and relational victimization. This study investigated first graders to see if an elevated body mass index was associated with an increased risk of bullying behavior and victimization using teacher and child reports.
Teens missing out on sleep are 20 percent more likely to be obese by 21
Any teens not getting their recommended nine-and-a-quarter hours of sleep each night, which one study found is a whopping 85 percent, are in danger of growing up obese, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Obesity is one of the many growing health concerns associated with insufficient sleep. And with specific regard to teens, researchers from Colombia University and the University of North Carolina found teens that don’t get sufficient sleep at age 16 are 20 percent more likely to be obese by age 21.
New research sheds light on how children's brains memorize facts
As children learn basic arithmetic, they gradually switch from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory. The shift comes more easily for some kids than for others, but no one knows why.
Now, new brain-imaging research gives the first evidence drawn from a longitudinal study to explain how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn math facts.
Teens' risky behavior may result from imbalances in brains' emotional networks, scans show
Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among teenagers. A new study published in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging found that any injuries sustained from risky behavior may be a result of how the different parts of people's brains are connected.
"Our brains have an emotional-regulation network that exists to govern emotions and influence decision-making," said Sam Dewitt, lead study author, in a statement. "Antisocial or risk-seeking behavior may be associated with an imbalance in this network."
Schoolchildren who add hand sanitizer to washing still get sick
Schools can be a great breeding ground for colds, stomach viruses, the flu and other bugs kids would rather not get.
Researchers wanted to know whether the transmission of those illnesses could be reduced by telling elementary school children to use hand sanitizer in addition to the usual hand washing. But their study, conducted in 68 primary schools in New Zealand, found putting sanitizer in classrooms might not be worth the money and effort in higher-income countries, where soap and clean water are readily available.
Study: Researchers discover surprising differences in how teen athletes experience concussion
With multiple concussions between the two of them, Dan Han and Lisa Koehl's latest research interest isn't surprising. Drawing from a large U.K. database of patients with brain injury, Koehl and Han used a subset of 37 athletes aged 12 to 17 to explore post-concussion changes in physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms over time. According to Koehl, 22 of the 37 study participants demonstrated post-concussive emotional symptoms.
Contraception, abstinence push US teen birthrates to historic lows
Los Angeles Times
The birthrate for American teens hit an all-time low in 2013, and government statisticians attribute the decline to a reduction in teenage sexual activity and more widespread use of birth control among those who are having sex.
Preliminary birth certificate data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 277,749 babies were born in 2013 to mothers who were under the age of 20.
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