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Health and Learning News and Updates

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New Delaware Program Provides Summer Meals to Migrant Students: Delaware's Migrant Education Program has partnered with the Delaware Food Bank to ensure that children whose parents work in the seasonal agriculture industry and who are enrolled in ESL and migrant summer school programs receive quality meals and food boxes for their households. (, 7/5)

Canadian Teacher Takes Mental Health Message on the Road: Vancouver, B.C., elementary teacher Michael Schratter is traveling the world by bicycle as part of his Ride Don't Hide campaign to raise awareness about mental illness. Schratter has spent more than 328 days on the road and nearly 16,000 miles to spread his message globally. (, 6/25)

Illinois District Shows Continuous Improvement in Meeting USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge: Out of 17 elementary schools in Illinois' District 300, 16 have been recognized as meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's HealthierUS School Challenge. The national program provides grant money for and award recognition to schools that take specific steps to combat childhood obesity. (, 6/26)


New Report on Adolescent Substance Abuse: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is publicizing its new report, Adolescent Substance Use: America's #1 Public Health Problem, on the science behind teen addiction to drinking, smoking, and both prescription and illegal drugs. The report alarms of a national epidemic and remarks about the influence of adult attitudes, U.S. media, and tobacco and alcohol industries in normalizing substance abuse, which undermines the message that teens should be receiving. (

New Fact Sheet from DASH on Financial Implications for Improving School Nutrition Standards: The Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Schools: Financial Implications fact sheet summarizes research findings of the financial effect on schools that have implemented strong nutrition standards. A key finding included is that while some schools report an initial decrease in revenue after implementing nutrition standards, a growing body of evidence suggests that schools can have strong nutrition standards and still maintain financial stability. (Comprehensive Health Education Network (CHEN) Listserv, 6/30)

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U.S. Department of Education Holds National Conference: The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) will be hosting its national conference, Making the Connection: Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning, from August 8–10, 2011, in suburban Washington, D.C. Sessions will focus on youth alcohol and drug abuse prevention; bullying and cyberbullying; violence prevention in schools; emergency management; health, mental health, and physical education; data collection; special populations; and emerging issues. The conference targets potential OSDFS grantees, juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, education and prevention leaders, and school administrators, among others. There is no fee for this event; however registration is required by July 22. Register by July 9 to receive the guaranteed hotel room reservation rate. (ED's Safe and Supportive Schools News, 6/30)

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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