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National Health Education Week Kicks Off Today

National Health Education Week 2012

National Health Education Week 2012 kicks off today! This year's celebration looks to promote and establish healthy behavior among U.S. youth through the theme, "Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation." As part of the awareness week, whole child partner the Society for Public Health Education will offer free resources to professionals who work with kids in schools and communities on the following themes.

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Kristen Pekarek

American School Health Association Offers Free School Health Webinars

Schools play an important role in improving student health, social outcomes, and overall academic success. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, aside from families, schools have the most direct contact with more than 95 percent of U.S. young people ages 5–17 years, for 6 hours a day, and for up to 13 crucial years of their social, psychological, physical, and intellectual development.

Coordinated school health programs and policies are the most efficient means schools have to closing achievement gaps, reducing risk behaviors, and preventing serious health problems among students. Whole child partner the American School Health Association (ASHA) is offering free school health webinars this fall to engage audiences in the work of ASHA and the school health field. The webinars will run from September through the middle of November and cover current school health topics, ranging from implementing National Sexuality Education Standards to engaging parents in school health promotion. ASHA will be archiving the webinars and offering participants certified health education specialist credits and continuing education unit credits, depending on the topic.

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Kristen Pekarek

Absenteeism Affects Student Success

According to the Get Schooled Foundation, between 5 million and 7 million students are chronically absent, which is the best predictor of whether a student will drop out of school. The foundation's most recently released report, Skipping to Nowhere: Students Share Their Views About Missing School, digs deeper into the issue, revealing that most kids skipped school because they were bored. In New York City, where 200,000 of its students miss close to a month or more of school each year, innovative solutions are being used to get kids to attend school and understand the effect absenteeism has on their overall success.

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