School Health Action
Jul. 29, 2014

Have you registered yet for ASHA's School Health Conference?
We are less than 3 months out from the 88th Annual School Health Conference that will be held in Portland during Oct. 9-11. Have you registered yet? With courses and special events specifically designed for you, you’ll benefit from and enjoy time with us during an action-packed two and a half days in Portland. 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 and Registered Dietitians. 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. Click here to register online. Book your reservation at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower before Sept. 24, to take advantage of our group rate of $145 per night.More

Study finds elementary students like new healthier lunches
The Wall Street Journal
When the federal government implemented new school-meal regulations in 2012, a majority of elementary-school students complained about the healthier lunches, but by the end of the school year most found the food agreeable, according to survey results released recently. The peer-reviewed study comes amid concerns that the regulations led schools to throw away more uneaten food and prompted some students to drop out of meal programs.More

Study shows new link between obesity in the young and the lowering of age of puberty
Medical Xpress
A new link has been identified between obesity in childhood and the lowering of the age of puberty. The research which discovered the link, carried out at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The study focuses on a protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), the regulation and role of which in children are poorly defined. SHBG binds to the sex hormones androgen and oestrogen. More

TV background noise harms children's development; some educational programs okay
Medical Daily
Yet another study shows that background television noise may harm a child’s learning and development, as electronic screens continue to proliferate in the home. Specifically, the background noise from television distracts children from play and other learning activities, squandering attention better used on cognitive development, according to Deborah Linebarger, an associate education professor who led the research at the University of Iowa. More

Study: For poor teens, better schools equal less risky behavior
The Christian Science Monitor
Low-income teenagers are significantly less likely to engage in certain risky health behaviors, such as gang membership and binge drinking, when they attend high-performing schools, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The newest evidence in a growing national discussion about the connections between health and education, the University of California, Los Angeles study compared low-income students in lottery-based, high-performing public charter schools with other teens who were not accepted into those schools.More

Study: Teen alcohol use affected by expected enjoyment and understanding of health messages
Health Canal
Teens with the best understanding of health messaging may also be the most susceptible to messages that make alcohol use look appealing and fun — like television ads for beer or liquor — according to a study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling. This is a key finding for educators to be able to better prevent alcohol use among teens, which can predict problem drinking in adulthood. More

6 biggest sources of digital stress in teens
The Boston Globe
After analyzing 2000 stories on digital dilemmas posted anonymously by teens to the MTV website Over the Line, Harvard Graduate School researchers found that stresses teens encountered with texts, emails and social media conversations usually fell into one of six categories, such as cyberbullying or feeling smothered by a constantly-texting friend. The study was published online recently in the journal New Media & Society. More

Study finds sharp increase in teen use of human growth hormone
The Associated Press via FOX News
Experimentation with human growth hormones (HGH) by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the four preceding annual surveys. More

New study reveals asthma drugs may suppress a child's growth
Science World Report
Could asthma drugs suppress a child's growth? Scientists have found that corticosteroid drugs that are given by inhalers to children may actually do just that. Scientists have conducted two new systematic reveals that focus on the effects of the drugs on growth rates.More

Best practice for weight control targets preschoolers and parents
New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more effective. More