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E-Cigarettes: Addiction Renewed and Reimagined

January 14th, 2020|Comments Off on E-Cigarettes: Addiction Renewed and Reimagined

By: Abena Dakwahene You’d have to be living under a rock to not know what a vape pen or an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is. It might be plugged into your child’s or student’s laptop right [...]

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Will Sleep Deprivation = Later School Start Times?

November 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Will Sleep Deprivation = Later School Start Times?

According to the CDC over 41 million American adults get 6 or less hours of sleep per night, causing concerns related to sleep deprivation. More alarming is the fact that only about 9% of teens [...]

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Why SBIRT Is Important

September 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Why SBIRT Is Important

Screening is a critical tool that is used to promote a lifestyle change, to reduce the risk of a chronic disease, and to detect an illness early so that it can be treated effectively.1 Although [...]

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The Reality of Social Media

April 18th, 2019|Comments Off on The Reality of Social Media

Do you have an Instagram account or know somebody who does? Maybe you have Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat? You may hear kids or teens say, “Do it for the gram!”, “How many likes did you [...]

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Addressing and Prioritizing Youth Mental Health Problems and Crises in your Community

October 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Addressing and Prioritizing Youth Mental Health Problems and Crises in your Community

By: Kaitlyn Bedard Mental health is an issue that requires our attention and priority. Mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders (MBDD) do not discriminate against class, gender, age, ethnicity, race or educational background. In the US, [...]

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Funding Available! 3-Year Pilot to Build and Sustain Healthy Schools

April 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Funding Available! 3-Year Pilot to Build and Sustain Healthy Schools

Schools strive to help students reach their highest academic potential. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) School Health NJ Project, administered by the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH), is in its 8th year [...]

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Ideas from the Innovative Approaches to Health & Wellness Session

June 15th, 2017|2 Comments

Thanks again to all of you who participated in the “Innovative Approaches to Health & Wellness” session at the May 4th School Health NJ Summit. Your ideas are listed below and are grouped in one [...]

The School Health NJ Project

February 27th, 2017|9 Comments

Our recent article featured the CDC school health activities currently underway by the Department of Health’s (DOH) in the Community Health and Wellness Services unit. The funding cycle for these activities end June 2018. However, the [...]

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Work Being Accomplished by Community Health and Wellness Services

January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Work Being Accomplished by Community Health and Wellness Services

The Department of Health (DOH), Division of Family Health Services oversees the administration of two projects that are coordinating work to improve school health. This month features the work being accomplished by Community Health and [...]

School Health Services: The Bridge Between Health and Education

November 14th, 2016|8 Comments

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model outlines the vital role School Health Services has in coordinating health policies, processes and practices that support each student to achieve her academic potential. The purpose [...]

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Parents as Champions for Healthy Schools Workshops

October 14th, 2016|4 Comments

Research shows that healthy students do better in school, and that parents play a critical role in their children’s health and learning. In the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Whole School Whole Community Whole Child [...]

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Success Stories From Our 2015-2016 Grant Recipients

September 19th, 2016|2 Comments

Dear School Health Partners, Welcome back to another great beginning to the school year! We are pleased to announce that we have recently awarded 30 new health and wellness grants of up to $4,000 to [...]

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Current Funding Opportunity

April 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Current Funding Opportunity

Dear School Health Partners, We are pleased to announce the availability of $120,000 of funding for NJ public middle and high schools to achieve our vision that New Jersey youth are healthy and ready to [...]

School Mental Health Programs Can Improve Both Academic & Social Outcomes

April 5th, 2016|5 Comments

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model recognizes the impact and critical role that counseling, psychological and social services play on improving the mental, emotional, and social health of students. A growing body of research reinforces [...]

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Health Education Provides Lessons For A Lifetime

March 3rd, 2016|19 Comments

Promoting healthy and safe behaviors among students is an important part of the mission of schools. A popular truism is that “healthy students are better learners.” The question is how do we ensure that our [...]

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The Nutrition Environment And Services

February 8th, 2016|9 Comments

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model unified ASCD’s Whole Child model with CDC’s Coordinated School Health model to provide a shared framework for school stakeholders to work together. As part of this [...]

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Parent Engagement In Healthy Schools

January 8th, 2016|3 Comments

Introduction Schools understand that parents1 care deeply about their children, and expect that parents will support their child’s health and learning at home. As reflected in the CDC’s online materials, parents are also a valuable [...]

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Was Signed Into Law

December 15th, 2015|2 Comments

Dear Partner, We are excited to report that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind, was signed into law on December 10. The law contains good news for the whole school [...]

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Transitioning To The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

December 10th, 2015|1 Comment

Research tells us that establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. We also know that there is a symbiotic relationship between learning and health [...]

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Making The Connection Between Health And Academic Achievement

October 23rd, 2015|2 Comments

Now is a great time to revisit the research behind health and learning and to renew our commitment to providing a healthy school environment for all students. Schools play an important role in promoting the [...]

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Videos From The May 7, 2015 Coordinated School Health Summit

May 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Videos From The May 7, 2015 Coordinated School Health Summit

Celebrating Success: Working Together for Healthy Schools Welcome/Opening Remarks Nashon Hornsby, JD Dept. of Health, Division of Family Health Services Office of the Assistant Commissioner Keynote Gian Paul Gonzalez, M.Ed, Executive Director Hope [...]