School Health Action
Mar. 25, 2014

ASCD and CDC announce 'Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child' model
American School Health Association
ASHA president Linda Morse has expressed support for the new model which was released the week of March 17, at SOPHE’s annual conference: “ASCD’s Whole Child approach and the coordinated school health (CSH) model have finally become synergistic! The merged model more clearly represents the physical and social-emotional needs of students as well as more specifically delineating the critical roles of both families and communities. In addition, we finally have a better way to articulate the outcomes we wish to see: students who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Clearly, this is the next step in ensuring that all students are healthy and ready to learn!” Click here to view the full press release.More

ASHA's 88th Annual School Health Conference
American School Health Association
ASHA’s 88th Annual School Health Conference — Building Bridges from Vision to Action: Supporting School Health, will be held at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Oct. 9-11, in Portland, Ore. The Call for Abstracts is now open — don’t miss your chance to submit before the March 28, deadline! Details about the new submission process and criteria can be found on our website. More

Call for nominations open for 2014 ASHA awards
American School Health Association
Nominate a colleague for an ASHA award! ASHA is proud to recognize those dedicated to the field of school health. Award descriptions and criteria, along with deadlines can be found on our website. All nominations shall be submitted to ASHA Headquarters by the respective deadline. Award recipients will be honored at the 88th Annual School Health Conference in Portland, Ore.More

Teens eating high amounts of salt speed aging
United Press International
Overweight or obese teenagers who eat lots of salty foods may show signs of faster cell aging, researchers in the U.S. say. Lead author Dr. Haidong Zhu, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga., and colleagues said previous research found the protective ends on chromosomes — telomeres — naturally shorten with age, but the process is accelerated by smoking, lack of physical activity and high body fat. This study was the first to examine the impact of sodium intake on telomere length, Zhu said.More

A new study has the potential to kill the e-cigarette market
The Motley Fool
Anyone who has been watching the electronic-cigarette, or e-cig, debate knows that a key argument used to support possible regulation is the belief that e-cigs normalize, or encourage, the action of smoking. As of yet, this has been nothing but hot air from health campaigners and government agencies. But a new study has released groundbreaking data showing that there is in fact a link between the use of e-cigs and traditional cigarettes among U.S. adolescents.More

Rutgers study find link between teen girls, depression and obesity
The Star-Ledger via
Adolescent girls diagnosed with major depression are likely to gain an unhealthy amount of weight as they mature, according to a study co-written by a Rutgers-Camden professor and released March 20. Conversely, obese teenager girls are prone to develop depression as they reach adulthood, according to the study, which was published March 19, in the International Journal of Obesity. More

Lifting recess rules reduces bullying, New Zealand study finds
By reducing recess rules and expanding students’ playtime, Swanson School in Auckland, New Zealand has not only seen less bullying, but also more classroom concentration. The school joined an Auckland University study originally meant to see whether better playground equipment reduced obesity and bullying by causing an increase in physical exertion. The study drastically changed course after revamping the equipment proved too expensive, said Grant Schofield, a study coauthor and professor at the university. More

Study: Better sleep linked with higher omega-3 levels
Medical News Today
Omega-3 fatty acids are most commonly derived from fish oils, including tuna and salmon, and they have been linked to numerous health benefits. But now, a new study suggests that having higher levels of omega-3 DHA is associated with better sleep. The researchers, from the University of Oxford in the U.K., have published results of their study in the Journal of Sleep Research. More

Teen gang membership can harm adult years
Medical News Today
A new study suggests that having been a member of a teen gang means years later an adult is not only at higher risk of crime conviction and receiving illegal income, but also is less likely to have completed high school and more likely to be in poor health, receiving welfare and struggling with drug abuse. Writing in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle, describe how they used 23 risk factors to identify children likely to join street gangs, then compared some who did and some who did not and linked this to outcomes in adult years. More

Study: More mature, confident teen girls less likely to risk sex
Medical Xpress
Girls and young women ages 14-19 who are focused on their futures have higher levels of maturity and more confidence in their beliefs and are less likely to be sexually active, a study by a University of Alabama in Huntsville senior psychology student indicates. The research, "Attitudes and Confidence Regarding Sexual Activity in Teenaged Girls Assessed from Language in Social Media," was presented at the Mid South Psychology Conference and to the Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity.More

Study: Habits that feed child obesity are widespread
Los Angeles Times
At the tender age of 2 months old, many American babies appear to be taking their first steps on the road to obesity, helped along by parents who may be preoccupied, pushy or uninformed about the care and feeding of babies for optimal health, a new study says. The latest research found that in a population of predominantly low-income mothers and infants, 2-month-old babies routinely spent long hours either in front of a television or being fed or cared for by a parent watching TV, were frequently put to bed or left to feed themselves with a propped bottle, and rarely got the recommended amount of daily "tummy time" that challenges a baby's physical development. More

ADHD diagnosis, drug treatment may lead to greater teen weight gain
Detroit Free Press
Children diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to gain more weight than their peers as they enter their teen years, a new study finds. The weight differences seem to be most pronounced for kids who had taken stimulant medications to control their symptoms, suggesting that there might be something about the drugs themselves that aggravate the problem, the researchers said. More

Study: Teens often copycat others who drink and drive
HealthDay News
Want to make sure your teen doesn't drive while intoxicated? You might want to start by making sure he or she doesn't go riding with peers who have been drinking or using drugs. That's the message of a new study that found that older high school students are much more likely to drive under the influence if they've ridden with intoxicated friends.More

Study: Active mothers have active children
Headlines and Global News
A latest research shows mothers' physical activity levels are tied to their children's activity levels. Researchers at the University of Cambridge analyzed the data of 554 women and their 4-year-old children. Most of the participants were working mothers and comparatively higher number of children attended day-care facilities. This was taken as one of the factors that influenced activity levels of both mothers and children. More

New school meal standards increase fruit, vegetable consumption
Changes to school meal standards implemented in the 2012 to 2013 school year were shown to encourage increased intake of fruits and vegetables and improved overall dietary choices by children in urban, low-income schools, according to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Project Bread. The ongoing Project Modifying Eating and Lifestyles at School study of school meals and menu choices made by students was underway when new federal school meal standards were implemented at the beginning of the 2012 to 2013 school year, providing an environment to compare pre- and post-implementation cafeteria dietary habits.More

Low levels of 'love hormone,' oxytocin, in kids linked to substance abuse later on
Medical Daily
Scientists are now saying levels of the “love hormone” — oxytocin — in early childhood might influence later health as an adult. In a study from the University of Adelaide in Australia, children with lower levels of the hormone were later more likely to develop problems with alcohol and drug abuse, among other addictive behaviors. Past research has established quite a variance in oxytocin among people, though scientists do not yet understand how the hormone affects health, says Dr. Femke Buisman-Pijlman, who led the research.More

Cyberbullying survey finds lines blur between bullies, victims
CBC News
The relationship between online bullies and victims in school is not always clear cut, making zero-tolerance policies on cyberbullying potentially more harmful than helpful, according to one of the authors of a new national survey of more than 5,400 students. Close to 40 percent of students who admitted to saying or doing something mean or cruel online say they themselves were the target of cyberbullying, according to a study published by media literacy advocacy group MediaSmarts. More