School Health Action
Apr. 22, 2014

Register now for ASHA's webinar — April 29
Join the hundreds already registered for our “Training Tools for Healthy Schools” webinar that is scheduled on Tuesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. ET. Presented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) speaker, Bridget Borgogna, M Ed, this session will provide an overview of CDC’s tools and resources available to schools and districts for administrators, curriculum specialists and health and physical education teachers to help improve school health policies, programs and curricula. For a listing of dates, times and speakers for future ASHA webinars, please visit our ASHA webinars page.More

Entry deadline extended for a few ASHA Awards
The call for nominations for some of the 2014 ASHA Awards has been extended to Wednesday, April 30. To nominate a colleague for any of the following ASHA awards, please click on Award descriptions and criteria:

Award recipients will be honored at the 88th Annual School Health Conference in Portland, Ore.More

All work, no play: Why high school students should have fun
Education Weekly
Even in the age of high-stakes testing, the world of early and elementary education still celebrates play. The education section at Barnes & Nobles is full of volumes that counsel teachers of young children in how to craft play scenarios that promote development and learning. Pedagogical traditions such as the Montessori Method put open-ended exploration at the center of instruction. And in response to an ever-increasing emphasis on basic skill-building and seat time, advocacy associations have sprung up around the shared belief in children's "right to play."More

Study: Teen dating abuse is common and complex
More than a third of teen guys and girls say they've been physically, emotionally or sexually abused in their dating relationships, according to new, unpublished data from a nationwide survey. Similar numbers of both sexes say they've been abusers. Additional new research shows teens who abuse their girlfriends and boyfriends often share a past as middle school bulliesMore

Is your teen getting enough sleep?
Not getting enough sleep can have serious effects on physical and mental health. This is particularly true for teens, whose bodies and minds are still developing. Not getting enough sleep can interfere with teens' emotional well-being and how frequently they choose to take risks. Yet a recent study found that teens are not getting enough sleep, especially black teens and males.More

Study: Childhood bullying still has effects 40 years later
Reuters via The Huffington Post
The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is "persistent and pervasive," with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50.More

Study: Television viewing tied to less sleep in children
Headlines & Global News
A new study states children get less sleep after spending more time in front of the screen. The study conducted on over 1,800 children aged between 6 months to 8 years showed that children are getting reduced sleep. The researchers said it was a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration. The researchers stated that mere presence of a television in the room where a child sleeps affects their sleep. More

Study: Flu vaccine effective for kids
No vaccine is completely effective, so it's helpful to understand how effective different vaccines are when people decide whether to get vaccinated. Until now, there has been little information about the flu vaccine's effectiveness for children. A new study found that the flu vaccine is effective in children under 5 years old and particularly for children under 2 years old.More

Study: What happens when schools ban chocolate milk?
The Blaze
Schools might want to think twice before banning chocolate and other flavored milk from their cafeterias, according to a new study. “Students take 10 percent less milk, waste 29 percent more and may even stop eating school meals,” if chocolate milk is not offered as an option, said Andrew Hanks, who conducted the pilot study with colleagues at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.More

Study: Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities
FOX News
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. More

Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows
Al Jazeera
The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released recently. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities.More

Language problems common for kids with ADHD, study finds
HealthDay News via Health
Children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are nearly three times more likely to have language problems than kids without ADHD, according to new research. And those language difficulties can have far-reaching academic consequences, the study found. The study, published online April 21, in Pediatrics, looked at 6- to 8-year-olds with and without ADHD in Australia. More

CDC study reveals sex education offered too late for teen girls
Food World News
"Timing is everything" is a true statement — especially when it comes to educating teens about sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control, sex education is being offered too late for teenage girls. In a recent study among the girls who were sexually experienced, 83 percent admitted that they did not get formal sex education until after losing their virginity and becoming sexually active. More