November is Healthy Lifestyles Month!
Did you know that November is Healthy Lifestyles Month? From the National PTA’s website, they created Healthy Lifestyles Month because research shows that a healthy child can achieve and learn more. Local PTAs participate by conducting programs and events that promote health education, physical activity and parental involvement. This can be something as small as featuring an article in their newsletter or as big as organizing a 5K walk. PTAs also encourage families to increase their physical activity, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, participate in their community’s physical activity programs and promote lifelong healthy behaviors. Want to learn more? Visit the National PTA website on Healthy Lifestyles month at www.pta.org.
Individuals Needed for Research Study at Emory
Mark Rapaport, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at Emory University, is the principle investigator on a nationwide study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to better understand mental health needs among Black Americans. The research is to help build an understanding of why some individuals get the mental health challenges of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and some do not. This study is specifically for Black Americans because there is a lack of research data on these conditions for this community. This one-visit clinical study involves an interview with individuals – ages 18 and older – who do not have one of these two diagnoses and those who do have either one of them – and there is a blood draw to compare the genetic profiles of both groups. The visits are compensated. It is a relatively easy study, as research goes, with the potential to provide critical insight toward developing better interventions and alternative treatments for people experiencing these mental health challenges. For more information and to contact the study, please visit the website here.
What does Open Use and/or Shared Use mean for your school?
Do you know what an “open use” or “shared use” policy is? Do you have one in your school district? An “open use policy” allows schools to formally grant community access to their facilities after school hours.A “shared use agreement” is a formal contract between a school and another group that allows the sharing of school facilities for the public after hours. Georgia kids need more places to play, especially in communities of need. Access to school rec facilities-playgrounds, fields, pools, etc.-are a big solution to boost physical activity, reduce obesity, and improve overall health among our families. PTAs have great power to mobilize parents and leaders to support “open use” and “shared use.” How can you get started? Download a free sample letter that you can email, as a local PTA, to your local district leaders asking them to create an Open Use Policy to open school rec facilities after hours. Click here for a toolkit!
Keep the Wheel Turning after Red Ribbon Week
Did you have activities at your school during Red Ribbon Week? Did you help to create awareness for students and teachers about the harmful impact of drugs and cigarettes? Did you discuss who is highly impacted by direct smoke or second hand smoke: students with asthma. Asthma is a growing issue for many children in Georgia. Please reach out to get the assistance you need. Visit the Georgia PTA Health & Wellness page for a great flyer for your school and to find information on the 2015 Georgia Asthma Control Program and Data Summary.
Wellness Policy Training
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is providing a great opportunity this month for you to learn more about Wellness Policies. Every school district has a policy: do you know what your policy says about Health & Wellness? AFHK will conduct training on Friday, Nov. 4 from 9:00am – 3:30pm in Covington, GA. Click here for more info and sign up. Help your school and district lay the groundwork for a healthy school environment for every child.
Need ideas or assistance? We have a lot of information at your fingertips on Georgia PTA’s Health & Wellness Website. Just check out the items in the menus above and to the left of this page, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.