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ADHD, Bullying, and the Destruction of Childhood: Last month, the Whole Child Podcast and blog focused on child development. In this video interview, Canadian physician Gabor Maté provides interesting points of discussion on the issues of childhood behavioral disorders resulting from a social problem and not just a physiological one, contrary to traditional assumptions. Read the video transcript.

Is the increase of ADHD, bullying, and oppositional behavior the result of "the destruction of childhood" and a decline in nurturing conditions for successful child development? Share and discuss your opinions on ASCD EDge.

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Giving Thanks for Teachers Who Help Hungry Students: Educator Susan Graham describes a lesson in which students share Thanksgiving meal traditions, from turkey and mashed potatoes to pumpkin pie and even pizza. But recent data show that close to a quarter of U.S. schoolchildren regularly struggle with hunger, and Graham gives thanks to teachers who often use their own money to help them get through the school day. Read more.

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Should Canadian schools continue to label students as gifted? Some parents and educators are concerned about the commonly overlooked downsides that come along with the "gifted" label, and some are questioning whether the designation should be applied at all. Many schools in Canada and elsewhere have increased their focus on student-centered education, which aims to capitalize on the students' needs. Many schools also have fewer available resources for separate gifted-education programs. Read more.

New Report Confirms Recession Will Have Lasting Impact on Children's Health: Whole Child Partner America's Promise Alliance's policy affiliate, First Focus, released a new report that underscored the lasting impact of even temporary spells of poverty on children's long-term health. The Effect of the Recession on Child Well-Being, authored by researchers from PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and commissioned by First Focus, examines four areas—health, food security, housing stability, and maltreatment—and reviews the relationship of each to the well-being of children during recessions both past and present.

Report on Kids' Health Shows Mixed Results: National Children's Hospital and its partners have published a report based on reviewed data from 10 indicators for pediatric health in the Columbus, Ohio, community. The good news is that more children appear to have access to health care and early births are decreasing, while the bad news is that obesity in some populations has not decreased and teen suicide and asthma have increased. Read more about the report.

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About KidsHealth: Browse this database to find hundreds of articles on a variety of child health topics in the AboutKidsHealth Health A–Z Library. Articles include topics such as common health problems, first aid, safety, nutrition, child care, behavior school, and relationships.

Tips for Launching SEL After School: This article on the Edutopia website provides practical advice for planning and fundraising to launch your own after-school social and emotional learning (SEL) program. Whole Child Partners the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) are referenced as good resources for getting your program started.

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Peaceful Pathways: Reducing Exposure to Violence: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is partnering with local grant makers to offer grants for community-based projects to improve the health and health care for vulnerable populations and to reduce violence in traditionally underserved communities.

Up to eight matching grants of between $50,000 and $200,000 each will be awarded. Organizations must be nominated by a diversity-focused funder that is principally concerned with the community to be served. Projects should be planned and led by members of the specific racial, gender, tribal, or other disadvantaged community to be served, and projects must be culturally appropriate. The grantee is expected to work with the nominating funder and/or additional grantmakers (who need not be diversity-focused funders). Funding partners may include independent and private foundations, family and community foundations, and corporate and other philanthropies. Matching funds must represent new funding specifically designated to support the proposed project. Up to 25 percent of the match for Peaceful Pathways may consist of in-kind services. Deadline: Rolling.

Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow, curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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Student Wellness Council Promotes Healthier Choices for Teens: High school students at Lackawanna Trail High School have created their own Student Wellness Council to promote wellness and healthy eating in their school district. Read how students have included broadcasting health tips on a radio show and selling fruit smoothies during lunch at school in their activities.

Las Cruces Mayor Helps Kids Stay Healthy: Las Cruces, N.Mex., Mayor Ken Miyagishima is showing his support for the Healthy Kids Las Cruces program by encouraging the town's 3rd graders to develop healthy habits and live healthy lifestyles. Read more about the 5-2-1-0 Challenge and how the mayor is spreading the word about healthy eating and physical activity to the community.

Ending Childhood Hunger: Actor Jeff Bridges hopes to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Read about his No Kid Hungry campaign to learn how you can take part in the movement.

ADHD Rates Rise Among Children, CDC Says: A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that about 9.5 percent of 73,000 parents surveyed in 2007–08 reported having a child diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, up from nearly 8 percent in 2003. The report, involving children ages 4 to 17, shows that about two-thirds of those with ADHD are receiving medication.

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Dribbling Drills from Whole Child Partner SPARK: This month we're featuring Dribbling Drills from the Basketball unit in the SPARK 3-6 PE Manual, which includes a free lesson plan, assessment tool, and instructional video.

Energy Balance 101: Energy Balance: 101 offers teachers, families, and communities resources, lesson plans, and tips to support healthy eating and physical activity for children.

Bully Free Canada: Canadians will recognize November 14–20, 2010, as National Bullying Awareness Week. BullyingAwarenessWeek.org offers resources for planning local bullying awareness campaigns. Example day plans are available for each day of the week.

Middle School, a Developmentally Critical Time for Health Education: The Michigan Departments of Education and Community Health developed a two-page fact sheet to help administrators, teachers, and parents speak about the importance of health education at the middle school level. The fact sheet discusses why the middle school is a developmentally critical time and includes risk-behavior data and other online resources. It also serves as a response to measures some districts are taking to cut or reduce middle school health education due to limited resources.

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Sixth Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference: The California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente have joined together to host a conference on childhood obesity from June 28 through July 1, 2011, in San Diego, Calif. Leading experts in pediatric obesity will showcase the latest research, evidence-based best practices, and policy and environmental change strategies. Early discount registration ends January 1, 2011. Register and find out more.

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes: Enter the sweepstakes from Energy Balance:101 and get a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 to redo a playground, $25,000 in merchandise from Sports Authority, and more. Five runner-up prizes are also available. Deadline to enter is December 1, 2010.

Are childhood hunger, ADHD, bullying, and safe places to play important issues in your school or community?

Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow, curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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D.C. Students Take On Challenge to Fight Obesity: Students at a charter school in Washington, D.C., are participating in an 18-week "3-Point Play" program that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and family involvement. The program was created by the Aetna Foundation and piloted in Texas with encouraging results.

Using Psychology in Lunch Line Design: A New York Times opinion piece offers suggestions about redesigning the way certain foods are accessible at lunch in order to get kids to make healthier choices. Would this work at your school? Tell us what you think on ASCD EDge.

Study Looks at Elementary School Beverages: A study found that whole milk and sweetened beverages were available on school property to about half of the elementary school students in the United States in 2008 and 2009. Since then, bottlers have reduced shipment of high-calorie drinks to schools, an American Beverage Association consultant said, and the most significant change has happened in the past year.

Canadian Provinces Conflict on Addressing ADHD in Schools: The Centre for ADHD Advocacy Canada released its report on inconsistencies across Canada in how to meet learning needs of students with ADHD.

Resources

Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit: Published by Health Canada, this resource is designed to help those who teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity. The toolkit includes

  • The "Eat Well and Be Active Every Day" poster;
  • Downloadable activity plans; and
  • 54 healthy eating and physical activity images to complement the poster.

What's Next for Coordinated School Health? Moving from Rhetoric to Sustainable Action:
A blog post by Sean Slade, director of Healthy School Communities at ASCD, summarizes his session presentation at the American School Health Association Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on October 16, 2010. The session was intended to start a discussion about what coordinated school health (CSH) has and has not achieved over the past 20 years, and then further that dialogue into discussing the next moves for CSH.

Take Action

Adapted Physical Activity Council Program Recognition Award: The Adapted Physical Activity Council, part of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, is taking nominations to recognize programs that provide physical education, physical activity, or therapeutic recreation services designed to improve or facilitate opportunities for people with disabilities. Nominated programs must serve young children, elementary or secondary-level students, or adults. Award amounts vary, and there are no restrictions on eligibility. The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2010.

Apply for a HRSA Grant through the School-Based Health Centers Capital Program (U.S. schools only): Visit whole child partner the National Assembly on School-Based Healthy Care (NASBHC) for information on applying for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant through the School-Based Health Centers Capital Program. The HRSA provides answers to frequently asked questions and other resources for school-based health centers. Join the discussion at NASBHC to find out how to make the most of available grant dollars with exclusive promotional offers from Welch Allyn.

Walkin' for a Cause: School Walk and American Diabetes Month: November is American Diabetes Month, and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has teamed up with whole child partner SPARK to help "STOP Diabetes" by promoting physical activity in schools. Attend this webinar, called "School Walk for Diabetes," and learn

  • More about the ADA and what free resources they offer to teachers;
  • How School Walk supports your coordinated school health program;
  • Benefits of participating in School Walk; and
  • Other ways ADA can support youth in your community.

The 45-minute webinar is free and will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. eastern time (3:00 p.m. pacific time). PreK–12 teachers and administrators, physical education specialists, and after-school and early-childhood teachers and staff are encouraged to participate. Register now!

What does it really mean to be considered a healthy school community?

Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes.

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