School Health Action
Oct. 7, 2014

Mark your calendar for 2 upcoming ASHA webinars
Registration is now open for I Impact Student Achievement! Strategies to influence educational leaders to support school health which is scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. ET. 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.

Registration is also open for Creating School Communities of Support for Children With Food Allergies which is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. ET. Presented by Michael Pistiner, M.D., MMSc, Pediatric Allergist, and co-founder; and Anne H. Sheetz, RN, MPH, NEA-BC. This session will share evidence-based and best practice guidance and strategies, consistent with the CDC guidelines for making school settings safe for students with LTAs.

ASHA webinars provide free continuing education credit for all ASHA members; nonmembers pay $30.More

Family-based therapy preferred for teen anorexia
A new study shows that family-based therapies are twice as effective as individual therapy at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers. The study, which compares two different family-based therapies, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents’ involvement in anorexia treatment, according to researchers at Stanford University.More

Study: Sexting increases sexual behavior among teens
Headlines & Global News
Sexting may be the new "normal" but it definitely is not healthy. A study that explored the relationship between teenage sexting, or sending sexually explicit images to another electronically and future sexual activity found that sexting may precede sexual intercourse in some cases and further cements the idea that sexting is a credible sign of teenage sexual activity.More

Your turn: School lunch rules are working
St. Cloud Times (opinion)
In December 2010, Congress passed the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to help address America’s obesity epidemic and ensure every child has the nutrition needed to grow into healthy adults. A key part of this legislation was raising the nutrition standards for school meals. The Our View cites the School Nutrition Association’s survey of 240 school districts, which states schools are losing money under the new standards and students are throwing more food away. More

Obese teen boys may make less once they enter workforce
HealthDay News
The incomes of adult men who were obese as teens may be nearly one-fifth lower than those who weren't obese during adolescence, a new study contends. Swedish researchers analyzed data from the U.S., the U.K. and Sweden and found that young men who were obese as teens earned up to 18 percent less a year than those who were of normal weight during their teen years.More

Study: Sexually active teen girls more likely to be bullied than similar boys
The Huffington Post
Sexually active high school girls are more likely to say they've been bullied than sexually active high school boys, a study from Brown University released this month found. Using data from a 2011 national survey of over 13,000 high school students, Brown researchers found that sexually active high school girls report being bullied 2.27 times more often than their male counterparts. More

Teens lack of sleep could be causing irritability
Medical Daily
Think your teen’s angst and irritability is just typical for their age? While it’s likely that your kid’s attitude may have a lot to do with hormones and the growing pains of adolescence, a new study says that a lack of sleep might be one of the main reasons your teenager acts the way they do.More

Study: Free IUDs, implants cut teen pregnancies
USA Today
Teenage girls given free birth control and encouraged to use the most effective methods ended up getting pregnant, having abortions and giving birth at rates dramatically lower than usually seen in sexually active teens, a new study shows. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes just after the nation's leading pediatricians group said doctors should counsel more sexually active teens to do exactly what many of the study participants did — get a hormonal implant or an intrauterine device (IUD).More

Study: Bisexual teens less happy than gay and lesbian peers
Headlines & Global News
Teens who identify as bisexual are experiencing lower levels of social and family acceptance than their gay and lesbian peers, according to a new study. The Human Rights Commission surveyed 10,030 LGBTQ teens about their happiness, support, drug and alcohol use and their sense of belonging. More

Antibiotics linked to child obesity
USA Today
Children who take a lot of antibiotics before age 2 are slightly more likely than others to become obese, according to a new study. The paper is the latest in a growing field of research examining the effects of modern life on the trillions of beneficial bacteria living in and on the human body.More

For children, a little tuna can add up to a lot of toxicity
Consumer Reports
Is the tuna sandwich a lunch-box staple in your family? If so, your son or daughter may be at risk for ingesting too much mercury, a toxin that can damage the brain and nervous system. Nearly all fish and shellfish have at least trace amounts of methylmercury. More