Health & Wellness

6/21/2013

6/21/2013
Mindfulness, mental training that develops sustained attention, can change the way people think, act, and feel, reduce symptoms of stress and depression, and promote well-being among school children, according to a new study published online by the British Journal of Psychiatry.

6/20/2013

6/20/2013
Condoms are already available in 19 high schools with on-site health centers. The policy, up for a vote by the Boston School Committee, would expand distribution to all 32 high schools in the system.
6/20/2013
Boys are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. They do less homework and get a greater proportion of the low grades.

6/19/2013

6/19/2013
President Barack Obama recently applauded the commitment of NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) to raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and their impact on youth.
6/19/2013
None of us likes to think that bullying would occur in our community. But the May 24 incident offers some lessons in how parents and schools can address the problem.

6/17/2013

6/17/2013
Math skills are going to erode for most children. Those without books or chances to read are going to fall further behind.

6/14/2013

6/14/2013
Six minutes was too late. Ten-year-old Mercedes Mear’s heart had already stopped beating and she wasn’t breathing when Pierce County medics arrived on Oct. 7, 2008. No one in her elementary school knew CPR, or that the medication that might have saved her life, an EpiPen, was kept in the health room where she died, with her name clearly marked on the label.

6/13/2013

6/13/2013

Tens of thousands of students will get free breakfasts next school year, after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted 7-1 for a program that aims to improve academics by fighting hunger.

6/12/2013

6/12/2013
More than three-quarters of the nation’s public elementary schools face no state or district limits on the sale of sugary drinks, candy or salty snacks, according to a survey.

6/10/2013

6/10/2013
Police Chief Doug Barthel announced last month that the department no longer would dedicate three officers to giving fifth-grade students lessons on substance abuse, peer pressure and bullying.

6/6/2013

6/6/2013
Alcohol sales would be allowed within 300 feet of public and private schools and public hospitals in mixed-use zoning in those areas. Elsewhere in the city, businesses wanting to sell alcohol within that buffer in mixed-use zoning have to seek a variance from the City Council.

6/4/2013

6/4/2013
Each year speech-language pathologists provide strategies to help thousands of children manage their stuttering, but these clinicians may not be trained to help deal with the bullying these children often face, says a Purdue University expert.

6/3/2013

6/3/2013

Heads Up Football, a national youth program aimed at teaching beginner-level kids a safer way to tackle in efforts to limit concussions and ease concerns of parents who question whether their children should play the game, is graduating to the high school level.

6/3/2013

California's largest nursing organization's courtroom bid to block public school employees from giving insulin shots to diabetic students appears to be on life support.

5/30/2013

5/30/2013
Many children land, enthusiastically, on the expected side. Others dabble in both "girl" and "boy" things. But what if your kid, even from an early age, mostly showed interest in doing opposite-gender things? More importantly, what if they wanted to BE the opposite gender — or a less-defined mix of both? And what if they wanted to test those limits in public places, like school?

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