School Health Action
Sep. 23, 2014

ASHA is moving
Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, ASHA Headquarters will have a new headquarters address: 7918 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 300, McLean, Virginia 22102. Our phone, 703-556-7675, and fax, 703-506-3266, will remain unchanged. Please note that due to the office move, ASHA phone lines will be down on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. ET until the office reopens on Monday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. ET. Thank you in advance for your patience during this transition!More

ASHA room block deadline ends Sept. 24
The deadline for the ASHA sleeping room block is Wednesday, Sept. 24. Please note that this room block is subject to availability, meaning that the hotel may run out of rooms at the special rate of $145/night before the deadline. Don’t delay, book your reservation as soon as possible either online or by calling (503) 226-1611, and be sure to identify yourself as part of the “American School Health Association.” Also, there is still time to register online for the conference, but the deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 1, at midnight.More

Register now for ASHA's webinar — Oct. 28
Registration is now open for I Impact Student Achievement! Strategies to influence educational leaders to support school health. Presented by Sharon Murray, MHSE, FASHA, President, and Natalie Boyer, MPH, Professional Development Consultant, RMC Health, this session will review the latest research linking student health and achievement and then describe how to craft messages using this information to advocate for student academic success. Attendees will be able to:

1) Describe the impact of health on specific indicators of student achievement.

2) Outline at least one story of how you, as a school health professional, impact student achievement.

3) Identify multiple strategies to influence education leaders to support student and school health.

4) Craft at least one advocacy message you will use to garner support from an education leader to support student and school health.

Free continuing education credit for all ASHA members; nonmembers pay $30.More

Students, parents and educators nationwide unite during PACER's National Bullying Prevention Month in October
PRNewswire via Yahoo News
October is National Bullying Prevention Month when students, schools and communities come together to raise awareness and show support for those who have been bullied. This high-profile national event was launched in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center to raise awareness that bullying is a serious issue and people need to take action.More

Back to school — and back to the school lunch debate
U.S. News & World Report
These past few weeks, children across the country have donned their new school clothes, shouldered their backpacks and returned to classrooms. They also returned to cafeterias where they will encounter healthier meals and less junk food. Since the new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines went into effect in 2012, schools have been incorporating changes in their food service programs to combat the obesity epidemic that continues to plague this generation of children. More

Skipping school can lead teen girls to sex, Indiana University study finds
The Indianapolis Star via Lafayette Journal & Courier
For teen girls, playing hooky may lead to having sex, an Indiana University study finds. And when those girls, ages 14 to 17, have sex on the days they've skipped school, they're less likely to use condoms, according to the study that appeared Sept. 10, in the Journal of Adolescent Health.More

Study finds link between child's obesity, cognitive function
University of Illinois via The Rock River Times
A new University of Illinois study finds that obese children are slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. The research is the first to show that weight status not only affects how quickly children react to stimuli, but also impacts the level of activity that occurs in the cerebral cortex during action monitoring.More

Study: 2.7 million children could lose CHIP benefits
The Hill
As many as 2.7 million children could lose health coverage or benefits next year if Congress does not renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to a study by the conservative American Action Forum. CHIP is a $13-billion-a-year program that provides insurance to about 8.1 million children nationwide, largely paid for by the federal government.More

Study: Teens who smoke weed daily are 60 percent less likely to complete high school than non-users
The Washington Post
Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They're also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide. Those are the startling conclusions of a new study of adolescent cannabis use out Sept. 9, in The Lancet Psychiatry, a British journal of health research. More

Verbal and physical bullying decrease as children age but cyberbullying increases
Medical News Today
As students' age they are verbally and physically bullied less but cyberbullied more, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students' transition from elementary to middle school. Those are among the findings of a wide-ranging paper, "Examination of the Change in Latent Statuses in Bullying Behaviors Across Time," recently published in the journal School Psychology Quarterly.More