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For Your Consideration: A New ASHA
By now you have probably heard about the national board’s proposed transformation of ASHA. To learn more about it, please join us for an “ASHA Town Hall Meeting” via webinar that is scheduled on Tuesday, May 13, at 3 p.m. ET. Following is a recap of the announcement we made last week.
Over the last 18 months, the members of your board of directors have listened to the careful advice of experts in the field of nonprofit management. We have conducted a thorough review of our economic status and examined our role in an ever-crowded “health” market. We know that our “runway” is short. We can no longer rely on name recognition — we must be prepared to think differently and work differently. Thus, we are recommending some very significant changes. The following memo summarizes the exciting changes we have supported as a board, and are now informing you of our planned process for member education, discussion and feedback and voting on these key changes for our organization. In addition to this email, our website contains copies of the current and proposed bylaws, a collection of frequently asked questions and an expanded version of this memo which provides additional detail. Click here to read the full memo.
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Register Now for ASHA's Webinar — May 15
Registration is now open for Smart Snacks in School — Understanding the Interim Final Rule Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods in Schools. Presented by Nancy Lyons, Senior Policy Analyst, Child Nutrition Programs at the USDA, this session benefits Administrators, Nutritionists, Dieticians, School Health Coordinators, Parents and stakeholders will all benefit from this one hour webinar with information and tools on how to identify and implement the new regulations to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs that will take place July 1.
School nutrition and wellness program improves eating habits, lowers BMI
Can we fight childhood obesity by telling kids to eat more, not less? Researchers behind a new comprehensive school nutrition and wellness program say you get further by offering kids a carrot — literally, in this case — by giving them reasons to be excited about fruits and vegetables, rather than harping about what they should avoid, such as sugar-sweetened beverages.
News coverage of teen suicides may have ripple effect
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Graphic newspaper accounts of a teenager's suicide may play a role in copy-cat cases, a new study suggests.
Looking at several dozen teen suicide "clusters" that struck various U.S. communities, researchers found evidence that local newspaper coverage might have contributed in some cases.
Study finds more reason to review the use of BPA
A new study provides further evidence of the damaging effects of BPA, the controversial compound used in the manufacture of plastic food and drink containers that is banned in most parts of the world but allowed in Australia. Deakin University scientists are part of the international research team led by Professor Vincent Laudet at the Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon that has discovered a new pathway for bisphenol A (BPA) to spread through the body via a protein known as ERRy, which plays an important role in metabolism.
Study: Altruism may help shield teens from depression
Teens who like to help others may be less likely to develop depression, a new study suggests.
The study included 15- and 16-year-olds who were given three types of tasks: give money to others, keep the money for themselves or take financial risks with the hope of earning a reward. The researchers monitored activity levels in a brain area called the ventral striatum, which controls feelings of pleasure linked to rewards. The teens were checked for symptoms of depression at the start of the study and a year later.
Study finds no reason to panic about teens, sex and technology
A landmark study of Australian high school students' sexual habits has revealed "sexting" online and via mobile phone is so widespread experts are urging parents to accept it as a form of "modern day courtship".
The La Trobe University study shows more than 70 percent of sexually active year 10 to 12 students have sent explicit text messages, 84 percent have received them and more than half have sent naked or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves.
Calling a girl 'fat' may increase her teenage obesity risk
HealthDay News via CBS News
When people tell a young girl that she's fat, that in itself increases her risk of eventually becoming obese, according to a new study.
The study included more than 2,300 young girls in California, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., who had their height and weight checked when they age 10 and again at age 19. At the start of the study, 58 percent of the girls had been told by a parent, sibling, friend, classmate or teacher that they were too fat.
Study: Legalizing medical marijuana doesn't lead to more teens smoking pot
The Huffington Post
Parents and lawmakers concerned about legalizing medical marijuana in their states may find solace in a new study showing that it doesn't lead to more teens smoking weed.
Published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the study compared 20 years of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey in states that have legalized medical marijuana with data from neighboring states that continue to ban the plant. It found that legalization of marijuana for medical purposes does not result in greater illicit use of the substance by high school students.
Study reveals teen drinking is on the rise
A study released by the state Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services revealed 17 percent of parents asked, believe their teenager has had a drink in the past month. That number has tripled in the past five years.
The study also revealed teens who think they’ll get caught drinking alcohol are five times more likely to refrain from alcohol use.
Study: Too little sleep may add to teen health problems
HealthDay News via Newsday
Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of some kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.
The study of 250 high school students found they slept an average of six hours a night, far less than the recommended amount — about nine hours.
Kids who skimp on sleep are more likely to report feeling hopeless, as well as smoke, drink alcohol and use marijuana, according to background information in the report, published online April 21, in Pediatrics.
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