School Health Action
Oct. 21, 2014

ASHA announces 2015 Board slate
On Oct. 11, ASHA President Linda Morse introduced the annual conference attendees to the newly elected 2015 ASHA Board of Directors. This new slate of 11 directors will take office beginning Jan. 1. Per the bylaws that were approved by the membership in June, the 2015 board of directors will hold a meeting in December to determine who will serve in the various officer and committee chair roles. We will update you when those decisions have been finalized.More

New logo!
ASHA officially unveiled our new logo just about two weeks ago at the Annual School Health Conference in Portland, Oregon. This was just the start of a multi-phased rollout of our contemporized, fresh new look. Since then, we have been diligently working to replace the old logo in all facets of ASHA communication, including our social media channels, School Health Action and other collateral. We will complete this rollout with the launch of our brand new website. We shared a sneak preview of the new site with our Portland conference attendees, drawing rave reviews. If you didn't get a chance to see it, the wait will soon be over. Look for the new website launch in just a few short weeks.More

Silent auction funds to support school health futures
Thanks to contributions from many ASHA members, and bidding by 2014 conference attendees, we raised over $1,700 to support both student scholarships and ASHA's Leadership Development Program. We greatly appreciate everyone's participation. If you have still not claimed your auction prize, please contact Abby Brdlik at

Mark your calendar for a November webinar
Registration is now 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 Allergy.Home 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

Study: Kids likelier to take ADHD drugs in school year
USA Today
A new study finds that children are about 30 percent more likely to take a stimulant like Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder during the school year than in the summer. According to researchers, kids from higher-income families living in states with stricter standardized testing and school accountability are much more likely to use the drugs only during the school year, compared with lower-income classmates in less demanding states.More

Invalidation during teen years increases risk of self-harm in young people
Science World Report
Recent findings show that invalidation from a family member or peers can potentially determine whether or not a teenager may hurt themselves, based on a new study conducted by researchers at Brown University and Butler Hospital. For the study, researchers examined 99 hospitalized teens out of concern about suicide risk and found that that a high perception of family invalidation — or lack of acceptance — often predicted future suicide events among boys; this was also indicative of self harm, such as cutting behaviors, among teens in general. More

Children with chronic health conditions less likely to graduate from high school
Center for Advancing Health
Approximately 32 million U.S. children have at least one chronic health condition, which can negatively affect their chances of receiving a high school diploma or its equivalent by age 21, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. During the past four decades, the number of children diagnosed with one or more chronic health conditions has quadrupled. Chronic conditions and their accompanying medical problems create formidable daily challenges, including simply getting to and staying in school.More

CDC: Most kindergartners are getting their shots
HealthDay News
Most American kids entering kindergarten are getting their required vaccinations, a new report shows. Coverage for the 2013-2014 school year ranged from 95 percent for the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine to 94.7 percent for two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and 93.3 percent for two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, the report found.More

No association seen between physical activity and depressive symptoms in adolescents
Medical News Today
A study of teenagers suggests there is no association between physical activity and the development of depressive symptoms later in adolescence. The onset of depression is thought to happen in adolescence or earlier so preventive measures during this period of life could be beneficial. PA has been cited as a way to reduce the risk of depression but the evidence is not clear-cut. More

How safe is the artificial turf children play on?
Artificial turf fields are now everywhere in the United States, from high schools to multi-million-dollar athletic complexes. As any parent or player who has been on them can testify, the tiny black rubber crumbs of which the fields are made — chunks of old tires — get everywhere. In players’ uniforms, in their hair, in their cleats.More

How to teach kids about healthy eating (and have fun at the same time)
One Green Planet
Eating healthy food can be hard to sell to kids. When youngsters are constantly pandered to with sugared, salted and highly processed, addictive snacks, nutritious meals are often met with "ew," "yuck" or "I don't eat green things." But with the right framing, eating healthy can become a fun and healthy habit they take into adulthood. More

Vitamin D might help kids with eczema
Massachusetts General Hospital via HealthDay News
Daily vitamin D supplements might help children with eczema that gets worse in the winter, a new study suggests. A common treatment for severe atopic dermatitis is the controlled use of ultraviolet light, which stimulates production of vitamin D in the skin, the study's authors said. In conducting their research, they explored the possibility that vitamin D deficiency — the so-called sunshine vitamin — could help explain why the condition often gets worse during winter.More

Researchers: Energy drinks may pose danger to public health
Frontiers via ScienceDaily
Increased consumption of energy drinks may pose danger to public health, especially among young people, warns a team of researchers. Part of the risks of energy drinks are due to their high levels of caffeine. Energy drinks can be drunk quickly, unlike hot coffee, and as a result they are more likely to cause caffeine intoxication.More

Many parents need to educate themselves about concussions
American Academy of Pediatrics via HealthDay News
Parents' lack of knowledge about concussion may hinder youngsters' treatment and recovery, two new studies suggest. One study included a survey of 511 parents of children aged 5 to 18 who suffered a head injury. Only about half of the parents knew that a concussion was a brain injury that could cause symptoms such as headache or difficulty concentrating. More