School Health Action
May. 20, 2014

Register now for ASHA's webinar — May 28
Registration is now open for Teaching Sexuality Education: Preparing your Students with the Content and Skills They Need. This session will delve into the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education that have been published in the upcoming June 2014, issue of ASHA’s Journal of School Health (JOSH). Presented by Danene Sorace, MPP, Consultant to the Future of Sex Education Initiative, and Kelly Wilson, Ph.D., Contributing Author, the goals of this webinar are to:

Administrators, faculty and instructors in institutions of higher education who are responsible for professional teacher-preparation programs in health education and health/physical education are encouraged to attend.

Did you know that this will mark ASHA’s third webinar in one month? If you missed them, you can view the recordings of our sessions held on Smart Snacks (May 15) and Training Tools for Healthy Schools (April 29).More

School Health Conference registration is now open!
We are excited to let you know that registration for the 2014 Annual School Health Conference is now open! With courses and special events specifically designed for you, you’ll benefit from and enjoy time with us during an action-packed two+ days in Portland during October 9-11.

To keep you up to date on current trends and evidence-based best practices to meet your professional goals, the conference will offer multiple continuing education opportunities for Certified Health Education Specialists, School Nurses, Registered Dietitians and Social Workers (pending). It will cover four key areas: Administration, Coordination and Leadership, Programs and Services; Research and Emerging Issues and Teaching and Learning, you’ll leave the conference reinvigorated. Click here to register online. Book your reservation before Sept. 24, to take advantage of the group rate of $145 per night.More

High school gym classes get a 21st-century makeover
U.S. News & World Report
High school gym class has long been a source of anxiety for teens that may not be naturally adept at or interested in competitive sports like basketball. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, an annual event sponsored by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition that aims to encourage citizens to be more active. More

First-ever study reveals amounts of food dyes in brand-name foods
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Many studies have shown that food dyes can impair children's behavior, but until now the amounts of dyes in packaged foods has been a secret. New research by Purdue University scientists, published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, reports on the dye content of scores of breakfast cereals, candies, baked goods and other foods.More

Study: Kids' impulse control for sweets influenced by computer games
Reuters via FOX News
Kids eat more calories when playing a computer game featuring advertisements for candy than when the game has ads for toys, according to a new study from the Netherlands. Children with low self-control were especially vulnerable to cues from a candy-themed game and ate more sweets even when offered a reward not to eat, the researchers found. More

Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says
Los Angeles Times
Looks like good news may come in threes. The teenage pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate have all dropped sharply since their respective peaks in the 1990s, according to new research by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on reproductive health. The recent fall in these three rates shows that teen births may be down in part because fewer teens are getting pregnant in the first place, researchers said. More

Tackling test anxiety may help kids in other areas
Showing students how to cope with test anxiety might also help them handle built-up angst and concerns about other issues, according to a new study. Conducted by Carl Weems, Ph.D., of the University of New Orleans, the study shows that anxiety intervention programs that focus on academic matters fit into the school routine, and do not carry the same stigma among youth as general anxiety programs. More

Study: ADHD drugs hurt your memory
Smart drugs used to boost performance in the short term have long term damage for the young brain, a new study says. Prescription drug abuse is rampant, and for a third of Americans, the first drug of any kind that they take — including illicit drugs — is an Rx that has not been prescribed to them. That’s not surprising when you consider how many students abuse ADHD drugs for performance. But new research shows that recreational use of smart drugs comes at a cost.More

Study: Bullying linked to increased inflammation
Reuters via FOX News
Researchers already know that many kids who are bullied appear to suffer socially, psychologically and even physically years later. According to a new study, the physical consequences might be explained by an increase in low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Kids who are bullied tend to be sick more often than their peers and may have stomach aches, sleep problems and headaches and lose their appetites, researchers write in the journal PNAS. More

University of Minnesota study links sports and energy drinks to unhealthy teen behaviors
Adolescents who consume sports and energy drinks at least once a week are more likely than their peers to drink other sugar-sweetened beverages, to smoke and to spend sedentary time playing video games and watching television, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota. For example, boys in the study who drank energy drinks at least once a week spent an average of about four hours more per week playing video games, and girls who drank sports drinks at least once a week were twice as likely to smoke cigarettes. More

Study: Teen depression, anger can linger into adulthood
Health Canal
A University of Alberta study is helping crack the code to happiness by exploring the long reach of depression and anger over more than two decades. The study, published recently in the Journal of Family Psychology, followed 341 people for 25 years, and showed that negative emotions they may have suffered as young adults can have a lasting grip on their couple relationships, well into middle age.More

Study: Nightmares could indicate that your child was bullied
AFP Relax News via New York Daily News
If your child suffers from regular nightmares, it could be a sign that they were a victim of bullying in the past, reveals a new British-led study. It’s a finding that could be used as a warning bell, say researchers at the University of Warwick, and help parents intervene before the trauma and anxiety of being bullied grows worse. More

Study: Stress a factor in teen binge drinking
Washington Blade
Higher rates of binge drinking by lesbian and gay adolescents compared to their heterosexual peers may be due to chronic stress caused by difficult social situations, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Research has shown that lesbians and gays experience higher rates of physical and mental health problems. One explanation for these disparities is minority stress.More

MassGeneral study links chronic sleep loss to childhood obesity
Health & Wellness
Children who consistently receive less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood are more likely to be obese at age 7, a new study from MassGeneral Hospital for Children found. Researchers interviewed the mothers of 1,046 Massachusetts children about their youngsters’ day- and nighttime- sleep habits at 6 months, 3-years and 7-years-old. More