Health Related News
According to the American Journal of Infection Control, more than 164 million school days are missed annually in U.S. public schools due to the spread of infectious diseases. An astonishing 3 million of those school days are lost as a result of acute conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye." Read more here
Bullying Bill Passed into Law
Many bills addressing bullying at school were filed this legislative session. HB 1942 has been signed into law effective for the 2011-2012 school year. For more details about this new law, go to www.iamherecoalition.org/newsletters/vol3no3.html.
We are Getting Fatter: Obesity Rates Remain High – New State-Ranking Data from the CDC
Obesity has become a problem in every state, according to data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No state reported that less than 20 percent of adults were obese in 2010, which means that no state met the national Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent within the past decade, CDC researchers say.
VSP: Sight for Students
Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) charity, provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through this program must be eligible for help. For more information please visit www.sightforstudents.org.
Youths' Positive Outlook has Positive Long-Term Health Effects
Data on 10,147 adolescents who were followed from 1996 to 2001 indicate that those who exhibited high positive well-being as teens were less likely to take part in unhealthy behaviors, including smoking and binge drinking, in young adulthood. "Our study shows that promoting and nurturing positive well-being during the teenage years may be a promising way to improve long-term health," said Lindsay Till Hoyt, the study's lead author. Read more at www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/07/19/Positive-teens-as-healthy-as-young-adults/UPI-18881311131127.
This information was taken directly from http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/lung/meningitis.html