Children, Youth & Teens Overview

Children's Health

Your child's health includes physical, mental and social well-being. Most parents know the basics of keeping children healthy, like offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise and insuring their safety.

It is also important for children to get regular checkups with their health care provider. These visits are a chance to check your child's development. They are also a good time to catch or prevent problems.

Other than checkups, school-age children should be seen for

  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Sleep problems or change in behavior
  • Fever higher than 102
  • Rashes or skin infections
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Breathing problems
Source: NIH: MedlinePlus
The Representation Project - Blog
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Bullying Prevention in the Early Years
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Bullying among older students receives a lot of attention, but it is often overlooked among children ages 2-5. Yet, these early years are an important time for children to develop positive ways of relating to their peers...

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Early Bullying Prevention
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"Bullying among young children is not uncommon. When groups of young children, who often differ significantly in physical size, skill level, and family experience, get together regularly, patterns of hurtful behavior often emerge. Children make mean faces, say threatening things, grab objects, push others aside, falsely accuse, or refuse to play ..."

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Infant and Early Childhood Injuries Report -- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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·         One in eight deaths among children ages 5 years old or younger are due to injuries, including violence?

·         For every child that died from an injury in Colorado during 2011, 12 children age 5 or younger were hospitalized with an injury, and 437 were treated and released from an emergency department?

·         Suffocation, including accidental strangulation, was the cause of 60 percent of the injury deaths among Colorado infants younger than 1 year old during 2011?

·         Homicide or abuse was the second leading cause of injury deaths among infants but the leading cause among children ages 1-5 in Colorado during 2011?

The 2011 Infant and Early Childhood Injuries Report details the above statistics and more. Your agency can take an active role in preventing future injury or violence deaths or hospitalizations by taking some of the following steps.

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NASPE's Infographic Series: Physical Activity in American Schools
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In this inaugural series based on the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report, part two depicts the missed opportunities for increasing physical activity in schools. Take a look at which states are taking important steps to create a culture of physical activity and which are not giving students ample opportunities to move!

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Parent Tips: Picky Eaters
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When Moms Get Active, Kids Follow
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DBH Prevention Newsletter, v. 2 Fall 2012
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This newsletter highlights a grantee in Summit County, CO and their efforts to address substance abuse and trauma. In addition, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study is examined more and there is information about upcoming training.

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SAMHSA DTAC Supplemental Research Bulletin
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Examines the emotional impact that natural and human-caused disasters have on children and youth, one of the populations most at risk for negative mental health outcomes after a disaster.

Topics include the following: Factors influencing children's response to a disaster; Patterns of resilience and recovery; Social and environmental effects; and Implications for practice, policy, and planning.

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National Above the Influence Day
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For the second year in a row, as part of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, ONDCP is encouraging partners across the country to join us in celebrating the second annual National Above the Influence (ATI) Day. This year, the flagship ATI event will take place in Washington DC on October 17th. On that day and in the weeks leading up to the 17th, community partners from all around the country will participate in a variety of youth-focused activities that place teens at the heart of this national celebration. In addition to the activities happening around the country on the 17th, four featured partners and their youth in Texas, California, New York, and Florida will be visited by ONDCP officials - each of these areas will showcase their teens in a variety of customized, teen-centric activities and performances in concert with the main event in Washington, DC. Please encourage your community’s youth organizations to get involved in National Above the Influence Day 2013. Visit www.ATIpartnerships.com for more information on how to join the National ATI Day activities webinars, and how to vote for the winning “Made by Me National Challenge” video submission. 

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The Center for Early Education and Development
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The Center for Early Education and Development strives to effect positive change in early education, childcare, and public policy. CEED has spent over 30 years helping children from infancy through age eight to learn and develop to the best of their abilities.

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Partnership for Families & Children
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"Nonprofit provider of capacity-enhancing services, research and evaluation in the area of child and family health and well-being, serving as a trusted partner for social change"

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Youth Tobacco Prevention Resources
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Not on Tobacco
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The Representation Project - Conversation Starter for Teens
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Muscular Strength and Health
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Poor Teenage Salt Habits
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Break the Silence Informational Awareness Video
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The video will be available to be used by persons interested in creating a SART and looking to educate other 
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ability to increase conviction rates, thus potentially increasing the willingness by victims to prosecute. 

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Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
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Aims to assist high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies that prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.

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Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Teaching Guide) Poster
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Powerful imagery shows teens and young adults how drugs of abuse damage major organs. A provocative and engaging educational tool. Back: Four critical-thinking activity worksheets and lesson plans on drugs of abuse: a basic neuroscience lesson on how the brain governs the body; an in-depth look at how different drugs damage various vital organs; an activity using a diagram to explore how abusing drugs can damage relationships; and an exercise on how to read a statistical graph on emergency room visits to show the impact of drugs on society.

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Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster (Teaching Guide)
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Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. Four lesson plans for teachers, including critical-thinking activity worksheets and answer keys. Reviews basic marijuana facts. 

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