School Health Action
Jun. 17, 2014

Register now for ASHA's June 25, webinar
Registration is now open for The National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education & Boston Public Schools: Lessons for District Utilization. Presented by Nora Gelperin, M.Ed. and Patricia Santin, M.S., this session will provide an overview of the new National Teacher Preparation Standards in Sexuality Education released in May 2014. This webinar will discuss why the standards were developed, go over at least three of seven standards, and showcase how Boston Public Schools has already begun to utilize the standards for use in training their teachers. Current K-12 teaching professionals such as administrators, supervisors, teachers and trainers will benefit by attending this webinar.

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Teen bullies, victims armed more than other kids, study says
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Teenage bullies and their victims are more likely to carry weapons than kids not involved in these abusive relationships, according to a new research review. With school shootings a concern across the U.S., the findings — culled from 45 previously published studies — put a spotlight on the potential link between bullying and subsequent violence, experts said. More

Study: Teen boys more likely to quit smoking than teen girls
Headlines & Global News
A latest research finds that teen boys are more likely to quit smoking than teen girls. Researchers at the University of Montreal, Canada, also found that teens were afraid of the warning labels on cigarettes packs. Moreover, those participating in sports had more chances of quitting smoking. More

House delays vote on easing school meal standards
The New York Times
A House vote on an Agriculture Department spending bill containing a provision that would allow schools to opt out of the Obama administration’s nutrition standards for school meals has been delayed, a senior Republican aide said June 12. The vote, which had been expected Thursday, June 12, was delayed as lawmakers redirected their attention to the upcoming leadership elections, the aide said. More

Study: Divorce increases the risk of obesity in children
Science World Report
The finding is based on an analysis of over 3000 participants from 127 different schools across Norway. The children were a part of the National 2010 Norwegian Child Growth Study. As a part of the study, the height, weight and waist circumference of children of average age 8, was measured. The results were classified based on the gender and the marital status of the parents. More

The caffeine in Red Bull has greater effects on teen boys than teen girls
Medical Daily
Although caffeine has noticeable effects on adults, it is understood to have somewhat more dramatic effects on children and teens. However, at least one team of researchers wondered whether there might be personal differences as to how children and teens respond to caffeinated beverages — does gender, for instance, matter when it comes to drinking a Red Bull? According to Dr. Jennifer L. Temple, associate professor at the University of Buffalo, and her colleagues, gender matters a great deal when it comes to the effects of high-energy drinks during the teen years. More

Teens drinking less and texting more, study says
FOX News
American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study of worrisome behavior. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons use and risky sex have been going down since the government started doing the survey every two years in 1991. More

Marijuana use in teens may decrease IQ
Science World Report
Marijuana continues to be a controversial topic as more states accept the medical and recreational use of the drug. Yet what's going on in the mind of young users? Though many have written marijuana off as a relatively harmless drug, a recent study shows that smoking this drug, particularly for teens, could lower IQ. More

Drug use linked with brain differences in teens
Live Science
Teens who have used drugs even just once in their lives have brain characteristics that are different from those who have never used drugs, a new study finds. In the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 71 Mexican-American 16-year-olds, and asked the teens whether they had ever used drugs, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. The researchers looked at whether the brain activity of certain regions was in sync, which suggests that the regions are talking to one another. More

'Cool' kids in middle school struggle in their 20s, study finds
Los AngelesTimes
The meek kids from middle school shall inherit the earth. Or at least they'll live healthier and more productive lives than their “cooler” peers once they enter adulthood. Researchers studying 13-year-olds found that those who engaged in “pseudomature” behavior — such as minor shoplifting and precocious romantic relationships — and were seen as the "cool kids" tended to develop problems with drugs and relationships by their early 20s. More