NYS PTA Advocacy Newsbriefs... September 2014

NYS PTA Advocacy Newsbriefs

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Doing More to Save Lives

Suicide is Preventable
The number of Americans who die by suicide continues to increase.
In 2011, suicide accounted for 39,518 deaths in the United States. In 2012, an estimated 9 million adults, aged 18 and older, reported having serious thoughts of suicide... MORE

Education Resources

Student and Teacher
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has a lot of great information including checklists that will assist parents and educators in preparing for the upcoming school year. Click here for more.

New York State Ed has posted a model certificate for the NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential on their website. The document can be found here.

New York State Ed also has created a bill of rights for data privacy document for parents, which can be found here.

New York State Ed has released several documents on their website that apply to special education issues. The first answers parents’ questions about the Common Core and how they will impact their kids who have disabilities. Read more here.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Recovery Month
September is Recovery Month. The theme is, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.” This is an opportunity to spread a positive message that prevention works and treatment is effective. For information and resources ... MORE

Tobacco Use Prevention

Be Tobacco Free
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a website regarding children and the dangers of tobacco use: betobaccofree.hhs.gov.

E-cigarettes may increase risk of addiction to cocaine and other drugs, according to researchers. Click here to read more. Another article regarding the research can be found here.

What is a Hookah?

Hookah smoking
A hookah is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco, and is believed by users to be less toxic than cigarettes.
However, smoking hookahs may actually be more harmful than cigarettes. Read more here.

A recent study published in Pediatrics revealed 1 in 5 high school seniors admit to using a hookah. Read more here.

The amount of smoke inhaled during a typical hookah session is about 90,000 milliliters (ml), compared with 500–600 ml inhaled when smoking a cigarette. Read more here.

What is Being Done About All These Alternative Tobacco Products?

Alternative tobacco products
Tobacco products are no longer limited to cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.
It is becoming almost impossible to keep up with the variety of products.

As part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by the President in 2009, the US Food and Drug Administration, on April 25, 2014, proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover products such as e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and other tobacco products that are currently unregulated.

Gun Safety

Gun safety
In the wake of the recent unfortunate fatal accident of a 39 year-old firing range instructor in Arizona, PTA urges the community to be mindful of the potential risks with firearms... MORE

September 22 is Healthy Habits Week

Healthy Habits Tour Bus
National PTA has partnered with Lysol for their Healthy Habits Campaign. The program has expanded to include parent and teacher resources.

The LYSOL Healthy Habits bus tour is coming to communities across the country.

For more information, visit:

Family/School Partnership

School of Excellence
The School of Excellence Enrollment period ends October 1. To enroll your PTA, click here.
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In the Spotlight

Blue Shirt Day – World Day of Bullying Prevention

Blue Shirt Day
Wear your BLUE SHIRT and join us in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying on Monday, October 6! Drive awareness of anti-bullying programs and STOMP Out Bullying around the world!


Ask your school to participate on October 6 by having the entire school – students and faculty – GO BLUE and wear a Blue Shirt!

Thousands of schools across the country are participating. We want to see every school in a SEA OF BLUE across the country and throughout the world!


Bully Prevention Resources

Connect for RespectConnect for Respect
Connect for Respect (C4R) is National PTA’s initiative to help students, parents and educators to create school climates full of safe and supportive peer relationships.

A partnership with National PTA, the #ShareAwesome and Win Contest encourages youth ages 13-17 to capture the awesome moments they experience and share them using the #ShareAwesome hashtag. The contest will take place September 15-November 30.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)

A collaborative approach to learning and health

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success.

To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health (CSH) approach and is combined with the whole child framework.

CDC and ASCD developed this expanded model – in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education and school health – to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach designed to improve learning and health in our nation’s schools.

For more info visit CDC.gov.

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month
September is Preparedness Month, and New York State is offering two-hour training sessions for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, to respond accordingly and to recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

For a full list of courses, go to: prepare.ny.gov/training-events.

School Nutrition Requirement Changes

Healthy Snacks
USDA Smart Snacks Ruling
: Starting in school year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day will need to meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and in vending machines. Districts need to check wellness policies to confirm they are in-line with new guidelines. Click here for more info. 

Local regions, units and councils can contact National PTA for questions at: schoolfoods@pta.org. National PTA will also host a Smart Snacks Webinar on September 18 at 8:00 p.m. To register, click here

Hunger Solutions New York provides up-to-date information on raising awareness about child nutrition. Grants are currently available for school districts: hungersolutionsny.org.

Obesity Prevention and Fundraiser

Fire Up Your Feet
Fire Up Your Feet:
The Fire Up Your Feet Program helps encourage families, students and schools to work together and create active lifestyles, which inspire our children to be healthy and physically active. This is a healthy choice fundraiser.

Sports Safety

NFL Play 60
Back to Sports:
Launched last year with the NFL Education program for families and students, this is a partnership with National PTA. The Back to Sports initiative will help PTAs across the country educate their communities on youth wellness – from concussion education to NFL PLAY 60 tips on nutrition and staying active.
Did You Know...
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