School Health Action
Sep. 9, 2014

ASHA Conference early bird rate ends Sept. 9
Sept. 9, is the last day to register at the early bird rate for the Annual School Health Conference in Portland, Oregon, during Oct. 9-11. Don’t delay, register now to save up to 16 percent on your full registration fee, and join the hundreds of school health professionals who have already reserved their spots for this action-packed two+ days in Portland. View our program offerings and register online for your convenience.More

Reserve your room in Portland today
The ASHA sleeping room block at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower is filling up quickly. Consider planning for arrival in Portland on Thursday, Oct. 9. As a reminder, the pre-con sessions don’t start until 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, Oct. 9. Don’t delay – book your reservation as soon as possible, but no later than Sept. 24, to take advantage of the group rate of $145 per night. Reserve your hotel room online, or call (503) 226-1611 and be sure to identify yourself as part of the “American School Health Association.” Click here to discover what Portland has to offer during your stay.

Please note that there are no more rooms available in the main building on Wednesday at the $145 ASHA rate. Attendees who wish to come in on Wednesday, have the option to pay a higher rate, which is the prevailing hotel rate and subject to frequent change, at the Executive Tower building. The Executive Tower is part of the Hilton Portland and located directly across the street from the main building. To receive the $145 rate after Wednesday, Oct. 8, you would need to check out of the Executive Tower and check in to your new reservation in the main building. The ASHA rate of *$145 is available at the main building for the remainder of the conference (*subject to availability). More

Cast your vote in the 2015 Board Election
This is a reminder that the 2015 American School Health Association (ASHA) Board of Directors Election is open until Wednesday, Oct. 1. Your vote is important because the individuals elected will represent your interests and oversee the business and professional activities of the association.

For background information about each of these 2015 Board Candidates, please click here. ASHA members: please use the unique link that you received in a Sept. 2, email from ASHA to cast your vote in this election. If you have lost that email, please contact ASHA Headquarters at to obtain your ballot link. We will announce the elected 2015 board slate at the annual conference in Portland on Oct. 11. Those not attending the conference will receive this notification via email the week of Oct. 13.More

Most asthmatic kids lack health management plans at school
In Chicago, most kids with asthma or food allergies don’t have a health management form on file at school, a new study shows. The problem is typical of other cities, too, experts say — and it puts these children at risk. On the rare occasions when a child has died at school from an acute allergy attack or asthma attack, the children usually did not have a health management plan, or a so-called 504 Plan, on file, said Dr. Ruchi Gupta of the Center for Community Health at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.More

Study: ADHD medications won't stunt kids' growth
HealthDay News via
Stimulant medications — such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta — used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, won't stunt their growth, a new study suggests. "Stimulant medication did not affect children's final height as adults," said study researcher Dr. Slavica Katusic, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. More

Sibling bullying increases depression risk
BBC News
Around 7,000 children aged 12 were asked if they had experienced a sibling saying hurtful things, hitting, ignoring or lying about them. The children were followed up at 18 and asked about their mental health. A charity said parents should deal with sibling rivalry before it escalates.More

Study: Family, screen time tied to kids' success
The amount of time kids spend in front of screens — on computers, tablets and smart phones — contributes to a child’s academic success, sleep problems, emotional stability, focus and behaviors commonly linked to ADHD, a new study shows. In the Learning Habit Study, researchers used an online survey to gather data from families with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade to look at connections between family time, parenting styles and screen time with a range of child behaviors.More

Teen sleep deprivation causes long-term obesity?
Liberty Voice
It is no secret that the U.S. is undergoing an obesity epidemic. The latest research is that prevention can occur in adolescence. Teens who deprive themselves of sleep are at risk for obesity in their early 20s and long-term; this is according to a recent study at Columbia University in New York City. More

Study: E-cigarettes may be a 'gateway' drug for teenagers
Recently, two extremely provocative studies have come out suggesting that e-cigarettes pose serious addiction risks for teens and young adults. First, the CDC published survey results showing that more than 263,000 teenagers who’ve never smoked a regular cigarette now use e-cigarettes. And that the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes, or “vaping” tripled over three years, from 79,000 in 2011 to more than a quarter million in 2013.More

New studies examine the teenage brain
Science World Report
Why is it that teen boys seem to take more risks? There may actually be a biological explanation for it. Scientists have taken a closer look at specific brain mechanisms that may help explain what might be going on inside juvenile male brains. "Psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, neuroscientists, criminal justice professionals and parents are engaged in a daily struggle to understand and solve the enigma of teenage risky behaviors," said Pradeep Bhide, one of the researchers, in a news release. More

Study reveals childhood obesity leads to asthma
Science World Report
For several decades, health experts have believed that childhood obesity and asthma are linked; however, they could not determine which of the two conditions comes first and whether one condition leads to the other. Childhood obesity is listed as a serious U.S. public health problem and the rate has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control.More

Marijuana study raises new concerns about pot addiction in teens
The Huffington Post
Marijuana may be gaining acceptance around the nation, but that doesn't mean medical research has stopped raising questions about its safety. A new study on teens suggests marijuana dependence may be a bigger problem than many people realize. For the small-scale study, researchers evaluated 127 teenagers being treated at an outpatient substance use disorder clinic in Boston. More

Healthy children likely to be healthy adults
Live Trading News
The more television children watched at aga 10, the more they watched in middle age, according to a new report that suggests the need for early interventions to get children off the couch. Over the course of 32 years, researchers from University College of London monitored the TV-viewing habits of 9,842 people born in 1970 in England, Scotland and Wales, from when they were 10 years old until they were 42.More