It’s almost time for K-12 students to head back to class! Parents, educators, and health professionals are gearing up in the month of August for a wide variety of activities surrounding the beginning of a new school year. Check out these health information topics and resources to assist your community in Back-t0-School preparations.
Health and education affect individuals, society, and the economy and, as such, must work together whenever possible. Schools are a perfect setting for this collaboration. Schools are one of the most efficient systems for reaching children and youth to provide health services and programs, as approximately 95 percent of all U.S. children and youth attend school. At the same time, integrating health services and programs more deeply into the day-to-day life of schools and students represents an untapped tool for raising academic achievement and improving learning. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model combines and builds on elements of the CDC’s traditional coordinated school health (CSH) approach and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) whole child framework to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health. Learn more about the components of this program and how it can be implemented from ASCD.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual health observance to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance and promotional toolkit, visit the NPHIC website. Healthfinder.gov also has a free toolkit available for this observance, including social media content, e-cards, and more resources to promote immunizations in your community.
Whether you work in a K-12 school, community, or faith-based organization providing after-school programming, NLM provides resources to help enrich your curriculum or program. As the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces a variety of web-based resources for use by K-12 health and science educators. This comprehensive guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to K-12 health and science topics. Educators are welcome to review and use the modules or lesson plans, in whole or in part, for their students’ interests, levels and academic goals. These resources are designed to engage students’ interest in, and foster their analysis of a variety of health and science related paths.
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