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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.  This can be accomplished by accumulating the 60 minutes through physical education, adapted physical education, recess, classroom physical activity breaks, active transport to and from school, community partnerships, and extracurricular activities, including a variety of club and sport activities. Information can be found at: https://acl.gov/programs/health-wellness/icdi.”

The implementation of I Can Do It! supports the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, the National Strategy for Youth Sports, and the WSCC model.  The program is easy to implement and has shown several positive outcomes for students with disabilities.

The official website can be found at:  https://acl.gov/programs/health-wellness/icdi.

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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. As part of our commitment to achieve health equity for all, Voices for Healthy Kids provided funding to support IllumiNative in the development of this resource for communities.

The toolkit provides a full suite of resources pertaining to Indigenous Peoples’ Day including a brief historical overview of the day, case studies on recent adoptions by several cities, and provides available resources for all advocates of Indigenous communities from around the world to access and participate in the upcoming celebration. While this toolkit is not exhaustive, it can serve as a foundation to support advocates and allies in their work.

View and/or download the full electronic version of the toolkit at https://illuminatives.org/beilluminative/ or visiting the IllumiNative social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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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

This one-stop-shop toolkit features guidance and best practices for rural downtowns and urban neighborhood commercial districts through three platforms: a downloadable handbook, a multi-part webinar series, and this online resource library, which includes a variety of new tools and links to transportation- and streets-focused resources, best practices, and research from across the country.

The handbook, webinar series, and online resource library are organized around three chapters to make it easy to connect the dots across the platforms:

  • Chapter 1: Transportation Matters for Main Streets
  • Chapter 2: Nuts and Bolts of People-First Streets
  • Chapter 3: Building a Better Street Together

You can download the handbook, access the webinars, and navigate through the online resource library here!

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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. The results from this scan are compiled in an official report, Local Health Department Approaches to Opioid Use Prevention and Response: An Environmental Scan. The report also features LHD stories from the field, including syringe vending machines, overdose mapping, and comprehensive stigma prevention campaigns. 

In addition, NACCHO also released a How-To Guide for LHD Opioid Prevention & Response to support LHDs as they plan for, implement, and evaluate their efforts. They offer three main templates: Action Plan, Budget Plan, and Evaluation Plan. 

NACCHO has developed a free, online NACCHO Opioid Epidemic Toolkit of opioid epidemic resources categorized as either local, state, or federal resources within five topic areas: monitoring and surveillance, prevention, harm reduction and response, linkage to care, and stakeholder engagement and community partnerships. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “BAM! Body and Mind“. This exciting resource is dedicated entirely to classroom resources for teachers, The page contains a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Looking for strategies for health in schools?

Downloadable graphics and handout resources are available for use in presentations, on websites, and handouts. These four handouts provide examples of evidence-based strategies and promising practices for using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework to promote student health before, during and after school are available in the “Strategies for Using the WSCC Model” section on the CDC Healthy Schools website.

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The National Youth Sports Strategy is an essential resource for policymakers and key decision-makers in youth sports. It aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all young people will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, ability, or ZIP code.

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The Oklahoma State Dept. of Health (OSDH) – Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Center) has created a Tobacco Prevention & Youth Engagement Resource Guide to support adults who educate or engage youth about the dangers of tobacco use and early nicotine exposure in multiple settings—communities, schools, worksites and healthcare facilities.

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In an August 2019 advisory, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams emphasizes the importance of protecting our nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. According to the advisory, recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth. This is the surgeon general’s first advisory related to marijuana since the 1980s.

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The CDC has released “Physical Activity Breaks for the Workplace Resource Guide”. It is designed for all employers, regardless of size or industry type. It provides many resources and ideas to help employees build short (5–10-minute) activity breaks into their workdays.

They range from simple activities, such as stretching and office workouts, to more complex activities, such as pantomimes that can be done individually or in groups. Most require little to no equipment and many can be done at the employee’s desk.

Click here for the resource guide

 

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