Getting important messages about drugs and alcohol to students is critical to their success in school and life. But how can you get young people to hear what you have to say? Here are some hard facts to help you dispel common myths and educate the next generation about the risks that come from drug or alcohol abuse.
Physical activity was once hardwired into most children’s daily lives. They walked to and from school, ran at recess, and played outside for hours before dinner. But today, most kids lead more sedentary lives, and fewer than half get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Use the resources and tools in this infographic to get kids moving — both during and after the school day.
On Monday, January 16, people across America will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by joining together in a day of service. Make the day meaningful for young volunteers by planning an activity that's appropriate to their skills and maturity level. They'll have fun along the way and gain an appreciation for the role they can play in making the world a better place.
Good health is an essential ingredient for student success. Healthy kids have better attendance rates and test scores and are more prepared to engage in learning. How can schools create an environment that fosters good health? The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Kaiser Permanente recently recognized schools from across the nation that are doing just that.
Active students are healthy students. That’s why Fire Up Your Feet is once again recognizing schools across the country for their efforts to improve the health and physical activity of students, families and school staff. More than 480 schools and communities participated in the program’s fall 2016 challenge. They walked and ran, biked and jogged, and played soccer and basketball. Along the way, they gained a sense of accomplishment and had fun.
Every day in our schools, there are ordinary people doing extraordinary work to build a healthier future for students, staff and teachers. The Thriving Schools Honor Roll recognizes those who champion healthy school environments. Take a tour through this year's success stories to learn more about these unsung heroes.
Twenty years ago, it was nearly unheard of for children and teens to develop type 2 diabetes. But as obesity has increased among these groups, so has this chronic condition. In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, we share some ideas for how parents and teachers can work together to curb the tide by helping kids eat well and stay active — at school and at home.
Nearly 75 percent of teens own a smartphone. Half say they feel addicted to their mobile device, and more than 70 percent argue with their parents over the use of their phone. How can you end the nightly battles? Kaiser Permanente pediatrician Kate Land shares her advice and weighs in on the American Academy of Pediatrics' newest recommendations on kids and media use.