Diabetes Education The American Diabetes Association’s “A Guide to Changing Habits,” is available for you to download for free in English and Spanish at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org. This handout complements the promotional tools that you received in July to promote the new campaign messages launched in November as part of National Diabetes Awareness Month. Using simple language and concepts, this piece guides the reader on how to make a plan and set goals.
Today Show Looks at Drowsy Teen Drivers
The Today Show recently featured a segment on drowsy driving among teenagers. According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2006 Sleep in America poll, 51 percent of all adolescents who drive reported that they had driven drowsy at least once in the past year.
Among those adolescents, 5 percent had nodded off or fallen asleep while driving in the past year, and 27 percent of those respondents had an accident or near accident due to drowsiness while driving.
The Today Show segment notes that fatigue is a factor in about 100,000 crashes every year, most involving young drivers. National Sleep Foundation Chairman Thomas J. Balkin, PhD, told the Today Show, "In many ways, driving drowsy is very much like driving drunk." According to Balkin, drowsiness - like alcohol - can severely impair a driver's reflexes, judgment and awareness. Read more and view segment HERE
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ("NOFAS") is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public health advocacy organization committed to raising the awareness of the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy and supporting individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (or "FAS"). NOFAS represents children and adults seeking medical, mental health, education, rehabilitative and other therapeutic services for the spectrum of effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. More information at http://www.nofas.org/
With the support of the United Health Foundation, the Partnership for Prevention and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids have developed a toolkit to educate business owners on the impact of tobacco use on their bottom line. The toolkit also provides strategies to help companies improve their employees' health and productivity by reducing tobacco use.
Every Child Matters has announced the release of their second free video, Homeland Insecurity: Why New Investments in Children and Youth Must Be a Priority for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress. In this 11 minute video, the latest data on child well-being in the U.S is presented. The video makes a succinct case for shifting federal budget priorities more towards children and families. For more information and access to the video, visit http://www.everychildmatters.org/National/Resources/Homeland-Insecurity-Report.html.
Every Child Matters Education Fund (March 18, 2009)
Tips for Teens: Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, an easy-to-read tip sheet, encourages teens to take steps to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes. It provides advice about how to reach a healthy weight and lead an active lifestyle, and includes suggestions for healthy foods and activities that teens will enjoy.
HIV Information and Youth Receptivity
College-aged minorities living in Chicago do not trust the HIV/AIDS prevention messages being presented to them and are less likely to seek treatment as a result, according to a study released at the Illinois Youth and HIV/AIDS Forum, the Chi-Town Daily News reports. The study -- which Chicago-based not-for-profit Children's Place Association funded and researchers from the University of Chicago conducted -- looked at seven focus groups that totaled about 70 college-aged people and included blacks, Hispanics and whites of both sexes and gay men.
The study found that cultural beliefs could affect the success of HIV/AIDS awareness messages. Some in the Hispanic community believe that getting tested for HIV is an admission of guilt, while others, women in particular, do not feel empowered to demand condom use, Chan Tack said. In addition, members of the focus group said HIV/AIDS PSAs that included members of their own community were more credible than those featuring celebrities.
You can download the March Madness Lesson, and other free lessons, at: http://www.medialiteracy.net.
Anna V. Song, Holly E. R. Morrell, Jodi L. Cornell, Malena E. Ramos, Michael Biehl, Rhonda Y. Kropp, and Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher
Am J Public Health 2009;99 487-492
To help warn parents of this risk, ONDCP's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has developed a new customizable Open Letter that you can use in your community to educate parents and encourage them to both monitor their teens and look for signs of abuse.
This Open Letter is an exclusive resource for schools and community organizations and is now available for you to customize and use by considering these tactics:
- · Add your organization's name and logo to the Open Letter
- Recruit local signatories and insert local names and logos;
- · Localize the national Campaign message on the ad; and
- · Distribute throughout your community: school districts, newspaper ad buys, donated ad space, and at town hall meetings.
U.S. Global HIV Prevention Policy: Still Time to Get It Right
Susan A. Cohen
Despite Consensus and Mounting Evidence, Challenges to Improved HIV–Reproductive Health Linkages Remain
Heather D. Boonstra
Making the Case for a 'Contraceptive Convenience' Agenda
Comprehensive Evidence Review Concludes Abortion Does Not Harm Women's Mental Health
Heather D. Boonstra
All current and archived articles from the Guttmacher Policy Review may be downloaded from the Guttmacher Institute's Web site: http://www.guttmacher.org/
In what it calls "the most comprehensive report ever" about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in middle schools and high schools, a national group known as GLSEN says about 86 percent of them reported being harassed at school during the past year, three-fifths felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and about one-third skipped a day of school in a one-month period because of feeling unsafe. The findings by GLSEN -- the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network -- come from a survey of more than 6,200 students. The organization's report was released in conjunction with an announcement that it would work with the Ad Council on a national public-education campaign against teenagers' use of anti-LGBT language.
See the report at http://www.glsen.org/binary-data/glsen_attachments/file/000/001/1290-1.pdf
www.ThinkB4YouSpeak.com This campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in America's schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school personnel and parents; their support of this message is crucial to the success of efforts to change behavior.
A variety of materials are available to support this campaign. JPG versions of the following print ads may be downloaded directly, and additional materials, including television, radio, interactive and print ads, are available at PSACentral.adcouncil.org.
The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use (2008)
National Cancer Institute, Monograph 19
The National Cancer Institute has released its latest Smoking and Health Monograph, which is an extremely comprehensive analysis of media issues surrounding smoking. These monographs are similar to Surgeon General Reports and go through an extensive peer review process. One of the 6 major conclusions deals with the movies: "The depiction of cigarette smoking is pervasive in movies, occurring in three-quarters or more of contemporary box-office hits. The total weight of evidence from cross-sectional, longitudinal, and experimental studies indicates a causal relationship between exposure to depictions of smoking in movies and youth smoking initiation."
The Science of Healthy Behaviors introduces students to the scientific study of behavior. Through inquiry-based activities, students investigate what behavior is and how it can be studied. The students investigate influences on behaviors and examine the health outcomes, and as behavioral therapists in role-playing activities, they develop their understanding of the module’s concepts and prepare to apply them in their own lives.
The module is standards based and meets science content, teaching, and assessment standards as expressed in the National Science Education Standards.
To access see bscs.org/curriculumdevelopment/middle/nih/healthybehaviors/
Type 2 Diabetes Education
National Diabetes Education Program of NIH has partnered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to bring you three online videos about type 2 diabetes. The videos are a great resource for people who might be at risk or have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The videos feature informational interviews with people who live with type 2 diabetes and use graphics to explain the science behind the disease, such as how blood glucose operates in the body. The videos also address symptoms and risk factors for type 2 diabetes, emphasize the importance of physical activity and making healthy food choices, and point out how health care professionals can help people with diabetes manage their disease.
The videos can be viewed at www.healthcare411.org and through the following links:
What is Type 2 Diabetes? Part 1
What is Type 2 Diabetes? Part 2
What is Type 2 Diabetes? Part 3
To learn more about type 2 diabetes, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is Proud to Introduce a New Website!
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is excited to announce that CDC now broadcasts public health videos through the CDC.gov Web page and the first segment, "Break the Silence: Stop the Violence, http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/BreakTheSilence/index.html " addresses the topic of teen dating violence. It may shock you to know that one out of every eleven teens reports being hit or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past twelve months. Why is that, and how can we change it? View this innovative video, "Break the Silence", where real parents and teens discuss the problem of dating violence and how to stop it before it starts.
Recent Trends in Preteen Crime
This report examined juvenile crime rates over the past 25 years and found that overall, these rates have followed a similar pattern in the last 25 years. One notable exception is the increase in crimes such as sexual offenses, assaults, and weapons possession carried out by children under 13. http://www.chapinhall.org/article_abstract.aspx?ar=1469