School Health Action
Jun. 3, 2014

ASHA publishes schedule for the 88th Annual School Health Conference
The moment you have been waiting for is here: ASHA’s School Health Conference schedule has been published! Covering four key areas: Administration, Coordination and Leadership; Programs and Services; Research and Emerging Issues and Teaching and Learning, you’ll leave the conference reinvigorated. This year’s session presentations range from CDC updates, to Coordinated School Health Implementation, to School-Based Nutrition to Sexual Health and more — there is no question that we’ve got your school health topics covered!

Also, because we received so many great workshop submissions this year, we are offering not one, but two flights of poster sessions. Don’t delay — register now for the 2014 Annual School Health Conference! With these courses, posters and other special events specifically designed for you, you’ll benefit from and enjoy time with us during an action-packed two+ days in Portland during Oct. 9-11. Also, be sure to book your reservation before Sept. 24, to take advantage of the group rate of $145 per night.More

School Health Resources Page
Have you visited ASHA’s website recently? We’ve been working to add content that helps ASHA members support the health and wellness of school-aged children. Check out our new School Health Resources page and find a handful of recently released resources at your fingertips. We are always looking to add more content to this page so please let us know if you are aware of other resources that would make great additions to this page.More

Philadelphia tragedy highlights role of school nurses
Education Week
The death last month of a Philadelphia elementary student who fell ill at a school that did not have a full-time nurse on duty has reignited debate in the city and nationwide over the importance of school nurses and the reasons why they are among the first to go when money becomes scarce. Sebastian Gerena's death has been attributed to a congenital heart defect, but that hasn't stopped some from wondering whether the outcome would have been different if a full-time nurse had been stationed at the school.More

Washington, D.C., classrooms welcome babies in effort to teach empathy
The Washington Post
The newest teachers at the District’s Maury Elementary School haven’t been to college. They can’t tie their own shoes. They don’t speak much English. And they aren’t potty-trained. They are babies. Mostly bald, and completely mesmerizing. Maury is one of five Washington, D.C., elementary schools attempting to harness the disarming power of infants to help students recognize and deal with emotions in themselves and their classmates. The babies, in other words, are meant to help teach children how to be kind. More

Study: High doses of anti-depressant medication lead to teen suicide
World Magazine
“Childhood is not a disease,” declares a viral meme on Facebook that accuses parents of over-medicating their children. The image elicited at least 276 user comments, many laced with insults, profanity, or heartbreaking anecdotes both supporting and criticizing the use of psychiatric medication for children. A new study on the relationship between antidepressant use and suicide could add fuel to the fire in the medication debate. But the study’s fine print actually provides doctors and parents with better information on how to give the right medication to the right kids at the right time. More

Study: School lunch veggies, fruit end up in trash
Connecticut Post
The big plastic trash can at an elementary school got a workout during lunch on a recent school day. Kindergartners plopped more than a third of their lunches into the bin. Left uneaten: an untouched-looking cup of carrots, half a cup of corn kernels, a roast chicken breast with only a few bites taken, an almost empty cup of pineapple chunks. More carrots. More corn. According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, 65 percent to 75 percent of vegetables served with school lunches are thrown out, along with 40 percent of the fruit.More

Why bullying victims develop health problems as they age and bullies flourish
The Washington Post
Children who are bullied are more prone to depression and suicidal tendencies even when they grow up; they’re also more likely to get sick and have headaches and stomach troubles, researchers have discovered. A new study may have found the underlying cause: a specific indicator of illness, called C-reactive protein, is higher than normal in bullying victims, even when they get older. In contrast, the bullies, by the same gauge, seem to be healthier. More

Teen drinking may lead to problems later in life
Medical Xpress
In a television interview early this year, ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas talked candidly about her recovery from alcoholism. Before seeking treatment last fall, Vargas drank as many as three to four glasses of wine a night to cope with the panic attacks that have plagued her since childhood, starting when her father went away to serve in Vietnam. How Vargas came to depend on alcohol later in life is a compelling question for Michael Windle, professor of behavioral sciences and health education at Rollins. Her childhood anxiety is a telltale sign.More

Getting pregnant may be contagious among high school girl friends
Headlines & Global News
According to the findings of a new study, having children is contagious among high school girl friends as they enter into early adulthood. "The study shows the contagion is particularly strong within a short window of time: it increases immediately after a high school friend gives birth, reaches a peak about two years later, and then decreases, becoming negligible in the long-run," said co-author Nicoletta Balbo from Bocconi University in Italy in a press statement. More

Dramatic jump in e-cigarette advertising aimed at youth
Medscape (free subscription)
E-cigarette companies have substantially increased their advertising to a broad television-viewing audience, resulting in an incredibly dramatic jump in exposure of its products to both teens and young adults, new research shows. A study of Nielsen records showed that exposure to e-cigarette television ads increased by 256 percent from 2011 to 2013 for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years, and increased by 321 percent for those between the ages of 18 and 24 years.More

Less sleep for little kids linked to more belly fat later on
Ask anyone who's dealt with a crabby toddler at the end of the day: Little kids need a lot of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says that 1- to 3-year-olds, for example, 12 to 14 hours of shut-eye a day. Coming up short does more than put the whole family in a bad mood. Studies that both adults and kids who don't get enough sleep are more likely to carry extra pounds than those who do. More

Food forbiddance is futile in overweight children study suggests
Liberty Voice
Food restriction or forbidding certain high fat and high sugar snacks is something that might seem like common sense for parents who have overweight children. However, a study this year has suggested that the practice of restricting or limiting calorific intake might be counterproductive and futile when it comes to young children and weight loss.More

Anti-homophobia alliances in schools cut teen binge drinking, UBC study finds
Postmedia news via The Province
A study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has found a surprising benefit of gay-straight alliances in high schools — lower rates of binge drinking among students. The study, published recently in the journal Preventive Medicine, found that both straight students and girls who identified as lesbian or bisexual were less likely to binge drink if their school had a gay-straight alliance for at least three years.More