School Health Action
Jul. 15, 2014

Have you visited ASHA's career center?
School Health Action
Both members and non-members can use ASHA’s career center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. You can also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.

For job seekers, ASHA’s career center is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the school health industry. In addition to posting your resume, you can browse and view available jobs based on your criteria and save those jobs for later review if you choose. You can also create a search agent to provide email notifications of jobs that match your criteria.

As a registered employer or job seeker you also have access to the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), a network of over 290 top healthcare associations and professional organizations. ASHA’s alliance with NHCN increases your reach – giving you more control over your career advancement and a one-stop-shop to find targeted and quality candidates. More

Register now for ASHA's webinar — July 22
School Health Action
Registration is now open for the Hallways to Health: Health and Education Collaborating to Make a Difference webinar. Presented by Tammy Alexander, Med; Mandy LeBlanc and Jamie Smeland, this session will share about Oregon and Washington’s experiences in a 2-year national initiative (Hallways to Health, a Thriving Schools Initiative) to demonstrate why and how schools and school-based health centers (SBHCs) work effectively together to facilitate improvements in health care and behavior among students, their families and school staff.

If you’ve missed any of our webinars, you can find their recordings here.More

Study: High school athletes have better mental health later in life
The Times-Picayune
Not only does playing high school sports have a positive impact on physical health, but it can also be beneficial for mental health as well. Adolescents that participated in team sports during high school were found to have less stress and better mental health as young adults than those who did not, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Results of the study showed that high school sport participation offers protection against both depression and high levels of stress. More

ADHD drugs lacking in safety studies, Boston researchers find
The Boston Globe
Nearly 1 in 9 children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but drugs they take to treat symptoms — which include methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall) — have not been investigated in drug clinical trials to determine whether they’re safe to take long term, according to a new study by Boston Children’s Hospital researchers. The study’s authors emphasized that this doesn’t mean ADHD drugs pose safety risks but that the initial approval trials — which made the drugs available to thousands of children for long-term use — largely ignored the possibility of safety issues.More

Teens sending sexts more likely to be sexually active
Reuters via New York Daily News
Parents who catch their middle school-aged children sexting may be justified in suspecting something more, a new study suggests. Adolescents who sent or received sexually explicit photos or text messages were three to seven times more likely to be sexually active than their peers not involved in sexting, according to a survey of nearly 1,300 middle school students in Los Angeles. More

Kids on tight schedules may lose out, study says
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
Which approach to parenting is best: tiger mom or free range? A new study suggests that kids may need a little more latitude with their free time instead of having their days packed with lessons, sports and structured activities. "The more time kids had in less structured activities, the more self-directed they were and, also, the reverse was true: the more time they spent in structured activities, the less able they were to use executive function," said study author Yuko Munakata, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder. More

Debate over school lunch nutrition standards delays agriculture spending bill
Roll Call
Nutrition standards for school lunches have turned into one of the most contentious issues in this year’s appropriations debate. The lunch standards helped prompt House leaders to abruptly pull the Agriculture spending bill from the House floor last month, and they are shaping up as a potentially big vote in the Senate too. More

Obesity, sleep loss associated with teens' excessive 'screen-time', CDC says
Tech Times
Scientists and the CDC have long been writing about how excessive screen time and lack of sleep can contribute to obesity. A new statement from the CDC suggests that cutting screen time is the most important factor in curbing teen obesity. A study of 12- to 15-year-olds found that of obese teens, 20 percent kept their screen time to under two hours a day, compared to 31 percent of their peers with a healthy body weight.More

Study finds online bullying creates offline fear at school
Sam Houston State University via RedOrbit
Cyberbullying creates fear among students about being victimized at school, a recent study by Sam Houston State University found. While traditional bullying still creates the most fear among students, cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of victimization at school among students who have experienced bullying or disorder at school, such as the presence of gangs. The fear from cyberbullying is most prominent in minority populations.More

Can we predict which teens are likely to binge drink? Maybe
More than half of 16-year-olds in the U.S. have tried alcohol. While many of them learn to drink responsibly, some go on to binge on alcohol, putting themselves at risk for trouble as adults. Researchers still aren't sure why that is. But it may be possible to predict with about 70 percent accuracy which teens will become binge drinkers, based on their genetics, brain function, personality traits and history, according to a study published in Nature.More

Study: Hookah use up among teens, especially white males with money
Los Angeles Times
Nearly 1 in 5 American high school seniors has used a hookah at least once in the preceding year, and the risk was greater for students from higher-income families, according to a study published recently in the journal Pediatrics. Hookahs, a type of water pipe, have become increasingly popular in recent years in the U.S. and abroad, numerous studies have reported. Experts believe this is due in part to the perception that they are less dangerous than cigarettes and other forms of smoking.More