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ASHA launches new website
In the last issue, we shared the launch of ASHA’s new logo. Now we are excited to share the launch of ASHA’s brand new website. One of the first things you’ll notice when you visit www.ashaweb.org, is that it deeply resonates with ASHA’s new mission to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives. Let us know what you think!
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In remembrance: Former school health leader Dr. Stephen Embree Barnett
Dr. Linda Grant, chair of ASHA’s Physician Section, shared her thoughts on the passing of Dr. Stephen Barnett. “He was the physician face of school health. There was not a corner of the many faceted world of coordinated school health that he had not explored and shared his expertise, passion and determination to make a difference in children’s lives. From classroom health education to school-based health centers, from working with local school boards to championing federal legislative efforts, he understood that the intersection of health and education was critical for child wellness. He carried that knowledge to the American School Health Association (Fellow and Distinguished Service) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Executive Committee on the Council of School Health), where his fellow physicians were buoyed by his exuberance and humbled by his wisdom. He has forever left his mark on school health and in doing so, has made a difference in children’s lives.”
To learn more or share your memories about Stephen, view his obituary.
2015 call for ASHA volunteers
The Association’s committee structure was overhauled with the membership ratification of the new ASHA bylaws this past June. As a result, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be four “Organizational Committees” for which ASHA members may serve. These committees include Advocacy & Coalitions; Leadership & Recognition; Professional Development and Research & Publications.
Additionally, at the start of next year, we will be activating four “Networking Communities” in the following subject areas: Administration, Leadership and Coordination; Programs and Services; Research and Emerging Issues and Teaching and Learning. For each of these Networking Communities, we’ll need two volunteers to serve as “co-coordinators” by developing a calendar of events for the assigned community and facilitating related discussion.
For more information about the various volunteer opportunities available in 2015, please review the 2015 Call for Volunteers form and submit your application by Dec. 1!
Mark your calendar for ASHA's 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.
Efforts build to track school climate for LGBT students
San Diego high school student Abram Bolanos, who is 18 and gay, said he dropped out of high school after administrators failed to handle his complaints that his peers were bullying him because of his sexual orientation.
Boys pushed Mr. Bolanos in the hallway and called him derogatory names because his friends were mostly girls, he said, and because he was careful about how he dressed.
As pot use rises, teens' grades may fall
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Occasional marijuana use does not appear to affect teens' intelligence or school performance, but heavy marijuana use is associated with slightly lower exam scores, according to a new study.
Among more than 2,200 U.K. children who took IQ tests at age 8 and at age 15, marijuana use in the teen years appeared to be associated with lower IQ scores, the researchers said.
Report explores 'pipeline to prison' for students with disabilities
Education Week (registration required)
Thousands of students with disabilities such as emotional disorders are referred to the juvenile justice system each year, a process that interrupts their schooling and makes it more likely they will have run ins with the law later in life, says an article published by the Hechinger Report, an independent education news website.
The article, written by Jackie Mader and Sarah Butrymowicz, builds from in-depth reporting that Hechinger has been doing on Mississippi's education.
Study suggests teen binge drinking effects may last a lifetime
Binge drinking can have lasting effects on brain pathways that are still developing during adolescence, say neuroscience researcher Heather N. Richardson and her colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Louisiana State University. Results of their study using a rodent model of adolescent drinking appear in the Oct. 29 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Richardson says, "Adverse effects of this physical damage can persist long after adolescent drinking ends. We found that the effects of alcohol are enduring."
Recent study reports eating breakfast could solve the problem of teen obesity
The Raw Food World News
The Center for Disease Control reports that many teens skip breakfast, which leads to overeating throughout the day and eventual long-term weight gain. The number of adolescents that are struggling with obesity has quadrupled in the past 30 years. These statistics bring great concern as obesity increases the risk for additional chronic health concerns.
Parent and peer disapproval can lead to teen suicide
Teens who’ve attempted suicide, or tried to harm themselves, are more likely to try again to kill or hurt themselves if they think their parents or peers “invalidate” their feelings, a new study suggests.
People can feel invalidated when they feel someone’s not listening to them, or when someone negates their feelings, for example.
Majority of American teens involved in abusive dating behavior
The Associated Press via The Guardian
From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.
Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, a prominent research center which provided preliminary results to the Associated Press.
Teacher-student conflicts linked to future bullying
Conflicts between teachers and students in kindergarten and pre-primary has been directly linked to increased future problems with victimization, aggression and hyperactivity problems, research suggests.
The findings come from a three-year Edith Cowan University study which followed 1,114 Western Australian students through their first three years of schooling.
Kids' poor decision-making may predict teen issues
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence.
However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth.
Childhood obesity and risk of allergy or asthma
Healthcare Professionals Network
As childhood obesity becomes a growing issue, so do other potential conditions associated with it.
A recent study looked at the relationship between obesity and a child’s risk of developing allergies or an asthmatic condition. Looking at what the authors perceived to be a growing trend of not only an increase in the number of obese children but those suffering from new or worsening allergies the authors said they were looking for a link which could help treat the pediatric patients.
The pervasive problem of weight-based bullying in youth
Medscape (free subscription)
Overweight and obesity affect one third of youth in the U.S. These high rates of childhood obesity have been coupled with considerable research documenting pervasive bullying and teasing of these youth because of their weight.
As early as preschool, youngsters express negative and stereotypical attitudes toward peers who are perceived as overweight, and by elementary school, weight-based teasing and bullying are well established.
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