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FDA continues to work with Scholastic to develop new youth e-cigarette prevention resources for schools. FDA and Scholastic are expanding their collaboration to launch their first middle school resources in addition to new resources for high schools. Resources, such as lesson plans and activity sheets, will be sent to more than one million teachers to help them start educational conversations about the harms of youth e-cigarette use.

National Youth Tobacco Survey results show disturbing rates of e-cigarette use among both middle and high school students in 2019, with more than 5 million youth reporting having used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days and nearly one million reporting daily use. Educators play an active role in fighting the youth e-cigarette epidemic. FDA research suggests that when teachers talk about the health consequences of e-cigarettes and schools enforce anti-vaping policies, students may be less likely to use e-cigarettes.

“The Real Cost of Vaping” website, created by Scholastic, also includes a parent take-home sheet, infographics, youth cessation resources, and an educational program that can be used by schools as an alternative to student suspensions or citations. Additional FDA and Scholastic resources are in development and are expected to be available in Spring 2020.

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Focused on the health and well-being of adolescents, this report continues a series, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust. The Pain in the Nation series informs national policy to advance a comprehensive National Resilience Strategy. 

The report highlights dozens of evidence-based and cross-sector approaches that can improve adolescents’ life circumstances, protect them from harm, and set them on healthy trajectories leading to their success in school and into adulthood. Scaling up the policies and programs outlined in the report would not only decrease adolescent substance misuse and suicide – they would also improve other important youth outcomes, such as graduation rates. 

Read the full report here 

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to talking about and implementing health policies. General information about various topics is listed below as a starting point for local wellness initiatives. Among these resources you can find: what a policy is; health facts about tobacco, nutrition, and physical activity in Oklahoma; and a toolkit for worksite smoking cessation.

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On the third Thursday of November each year, smokers are encouraged to take the Great American Smokeout challenge to quit smoking for a day or for good.

To help those taking the Great American Smokeout (GASO) challenge, the Helpline, primarily funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, is now offering a new, enhanced selection of free services. These services include free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more for registered participants. Click here for information about support available from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

More resources for promoting the Helpline, including a Great American Smokeout (GASO) Swiss Cheese news release, can be found under “Brand Specific Materials” on the TSET HLP Resource page (members-only; please log in to view) .

Download flyers, posters, and table tents as well as ready-to-use web and social media graphics to promote the Great American Smokeout! Tools and resources are also available from the American Cancer Society. >>Learn more!

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Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages at Meetings, Gatherings and Events (Eat Smart Healthy Meeting Guide) is a planning tool that provides practical guidelines for anyone who is in charge of the food served at events. Whether planning a morning business meeting, all-day statewide conference, afternoon work celebration, community supper or another type of gathering, making simple changes to the selection of foods and drinks supports attendees in making healthy choices.

Click here to access the guide from Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina, a statewide movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray.

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THE SAVING DOLLARS AND MAKING SENSE COMMITTEE GUIDE is a tool to help you establish and maintain a worksite wellness committee that will encourage your organization’s employees to eat healthy, increase physical activity, quit tobacco use, and manage stress.

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The “I Can Do It” program is a strategic physical activity program for students with disabilities in the K-12 school setting designed to provide access, equity, and facilitate and encourage opportunities for students with disabilities to be physically active for 60 minutes a day.

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A new toolkit has been released by IllumiNative, For Our Future: An Advocate’s Guide to Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ Day, draws on the lessons and research from Native advocates who are on the frontlines fighting for change. Voices for Healthy Kids provided funding to support the development of this resource.

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Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit provides guid­ance to Main Street leaders, community advocates, local officials, transportation professionals, and everyone else in between on how to:

  • Evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking
  • Balance the needs of mobility and other street activities
  • Build stronger relationships with other decision-makers and the community

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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is dedicated to increasing local health department (LHD) capacity to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic. In an attempt to learn more about how LHDs are conducting opioid prevention and response activities, NACCHO administered an environmental scan, which ultimately sought to create a foundational understanding of opioid overdose prevention and response efforts at the LHD level.

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