POVERTY AND FOOD INSECURITY PRESENTATION
November 16, 2016. The New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in partnership with Envision New Mexico and the UNM Department of Pediatrics, invites you to attend the 2016 Karen Sadeghian Memorial Lecture: Poverty and Food Insecurity: Both Bad for Children by Dr. Lance Chilton.
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) play a vital role in providing nutritious foods to all children, expecially children in poverty, who receive a large proportion of their daily nutrition through school breakfast and lunch programs. These same children are at risk for many other consequences of poverty and poor nutrition. Dr. Chilton's talk will review how he believes pediatricians and RDNs should be involved in advocating both for an end to child poverty and in detecting consequences of poverty and poor nutrition, with suggestions as to how to provide help with those consequences.
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When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion Conference Room at UNM Hospital
Light refreshments will be provided
Non-perishable food will be accepted for donation to Roadrunner Food Bank
PARKS PROGRAM AIMS TO TEACH RESIDENTS ABOUT CITY
October 20, 2016. The City of Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department wants residents to get out and get active at their local parks. The city has launched a program, the ABQ Park Pass is a “bucket list” of sorts for activities, events and areas you can enjoy with your family or friends and document on social media. It is easy to get started, residents are encouraged to pick up a Park Pass at local community centers, swimming pools or on the web page: cabq.gov/abq-park-pass. For more information click here for the full article.
ADOLESCENT HEALTH INITIATIVE NM (AHI) TELEHEALTH SERIES: GENDER NON-CONFORMING/TRANSGENDER YOUTH
October 18, 2016. Please join us for a very special AHI-NM session presented by Dr. Stephen M. Rosenthal. Dr. Rosenthal is a Professor of Pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco. He has authored multiple manuscripts on transgender youth and we are proud to have him speaking on Gender Non-conforming / Transgender Youth.
Gender Non-conforming / Transgender Youth:Current Concepts, Management, & Barriers to Care Wednesday
November 2, 2016 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM MDT
An increasing number of preadolescents and adolescents identifying as “gender nonconforming”, “gender expansive”, or “transgender”, are seeking medical services to enable the development of physical characteristics consistent with their experienced gender. This session will highlight current concepts of the biology of gender identity development, management of gender dysphoria, limitations and barriers to care, gaps in knowledge, and priorities for research. Please click here to register.
PEER SUPPORT FOR TRAUMA IN TEENS IS A SUCCESS IN NEW MEXICO
September 2, 2016. Peer support is an essential part of trauma-informed care for teenagers. A program in New Mexico has had stunning success, and we're highlighting it on our blog. Click here to read full blog.
THE NEW PERFORMANCE ENHANCER IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS? NUTRITION
May 20, 2016. Various High schools are now experimenting with adding something new to their athletic training programs, nutrition!! By adding nutrition to their regular sports practices they are enhancing performance in players and teaching them how to fuel their bodies in the right way. It has been a long time practice in all professional and college athletic programs, and it is time to shine the focus of diet at the high school level. For more information read the full article here.
NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS
May 9, 2016. Last week on New Mexico In Focus, the program examined the relationship between school-based health clinics and teachers, parents and school staff. Producer Sarah Gustavus visited the clinic at Highland High School, which is run by UNM's Division of Adolescent Medicine, where she spoke to staff and students. She also sat down with Nancy Rodriguez, Executive Director of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care, to talk about clinics across the state.
Watch the full episode here.
RESEARCH ASKS: ADHD OR IMMATURITY
April 14, 2016. A research study from Taiwan indicates it is the youngest students who are more likely to receive a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than the oldest students in class, according to a blog by KJ Dell’Antonia in the New York Times. The research included data from children from 4 to 17 years old and noted that students born in August were more likely to receive the ADHD diagnosis than those born in September. According to the article, “The children born in September would have missed the previous year’s cut-off date for school entry, and thus had nearly a full extra year to mature before entering school.” There is other research showing similar results. For example, One study indicates approximately 8.4 percent of children born the month before the cut-off date for kindergarten receive ADHD diagnoses, compared to ADHD diagnoses for 5.1 percent of children born the month after the cut-off date. While the data should be acted on with caution, according to the blog, there is the possibility this research could lead to fewer misdiagnoses of children who instead need more time to mature before entering school. Read the blog here.
INCREASE IN PARENT/CHILD COMMUNICATION REMEDY FOR BULLYING
April 11, 2016. Physicians face incredible time restrictions during a pediatric patient encounter. According to the NY Times blog of one physician, asking a question about whether the child is being bullied carries significant weight. Jessica Tsai, M.D. describes an encounter where she was able to reveal to the parents of a child that another child was “calling him names and telling him he was stupid.” In addition to a description of the effects of bullying on children, the blog concludes, “There is no special prescription … that will make bullying go away. Rather, the best remedy is communication between parents and their children.” Read the article here.
THE BENEFITS OF SPICING UP A BREAST-FEEDING MOTHER'S DIET
April 1, 2016. Recent studies have shown that there is a great benefit to a baby's flavor palette when a breast-feeding mother diversifies her diet. Normally you are told by medical professionals of what you can and cannot eat during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. It is true that what the mother eats eventually goes to the baby, through amniotic fluid or breast milk. An article in the New York Times, “The Benefit of Spicing Up a Breast-Feeding Mother’s Diet,” talks about some changes in the recommendations for pregnant and nursing mothers diets. Learning to add foods that have strong flavors in their diet can give the baby a different taste on life. For more information read the full article here.
ENVISION NEW MEXICO NEW TELEHEALTH SERIES:MINDFULNESS AND MINDFUL EATING
April 1, 2016. A 7 part series about the fundamentals of mindfulness and mindful eating. This experiential program is intended for health care providers of all disciplines wishing to learn the basics of mindfulness and mindful eating and how best to incorporate these practices in their clinical settings. The training emphasizes experiential engagement, or learning the practices for one’s self, so that the provider will be able to pass the benefit of these exercises on to clients and patients in a variety of settings.
Presenters: Jeanne Dalen, PhD and Grove Burnett
All live sessions will occur Tuesdays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm., starting April 12 through May 24, 2016, with an in-person retreat on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
All sessions offer NO-COST 1.0 AMA Category 1 CME/CEU credit for each session attended from UNM Office of Continuing Medical Education.
For more information on the Mindfulness and Mindful Eating sessions go to the Envision New Mexico calendar or contact Michelle Widener email@example.com 505-925-7840 .
HPV Rates Drop Drastically
February 22, 2016. Rates of HPV prevalence have declined 64% since a vaccination was recommended by the CDC in 2006, according to an article in The Guardian. The study was released Feb. 22, 2016 and was built on data from 2013. According to the article, “CDC researchers said this is also the first time a study has shown evidence of the effect of the vaccination on women in their 20s, where prevalence decreased 34%.” Read the full article here.
THE SCHOOL BASED HEALTH ALLIANCE RELEASED THE NATIONAL 2013-14 CENSUS REPORT OF SBHCS
January 14, 2016. The School Based Health Alliance released the national 2013-14 Census Report of SBHCs last week. This report, released every 3 year, provides meaningful data that demonstrate the value of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) in providing health services to vulnerable children and adolescents across the country. New this year is an interactive mapping tool that combines the 2013-14 census data with health, education and demographics indicators and allows users to analyze community child and adolescent health, identify areas of need and much more.
REVISED DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS 2015-2020
January 13, 2016. Contributed by Kirsten Bennett PhD RD LD
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines were revised and released in late 2015. The updated guidelines reflect the need to consider overall eating patterns related to physical activity and stages of the life course rather than isolated recommendations for specific target nutrients.
Five broad guidelines provide the framework for key recommendations for healthy eating:
1. Eat well throughout your life
2. Choose a variety of nutrient rich foods
3. Eat fewer servings of foods with saturated and trans fat, added sodium and added sugar
4. Change food choices to increase daily servings of nutrient rich foods
5. Support healthy eating everywhere
For more detailed information on the guidelines, key recommendations and examples go to: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/executive-summary/
NM No Longer the State with Highest Teen Birthrate
January 11, 2016. New Mexico has seen a 45% drop in the last 15 years in babies born to teenage girls, dropping the State from first to fourth place (now tied with Texas) in the nation. According to an Albuquerque Journal article in an interview with the secretary of the state Department of Health, Reta Ward, credit goes to “years of emphasis on giving teens access to free or low-cost birth control at public health locations, on educating teens about intentional parenthood and on how to find information about healthy sexuality.” Read the full article.
IS FAT STIGMA MAKING US MISERABLE?: REPORT LINKS FAT STIGMA TO MENTAL ILLNESS
November 30, 2015. A report published in Social and Personality Psychology Compass has found a link between things like “teasing, judgment and unsolicited advice directed at overweight people that can cause … psychological harm” to people who are overweight, according to a NY Times article. The study found that it is less likely that being overweight makes people depressed, anxious, use substances, and have low self-esteem; rather it is the stigma that is more likely the cause. One of the researchers, Jeffrey Hunger, states “…that obese and overweight people have an increased motivation to avoid exercising in public [and] have reported delaying preventative health care, particularly screenings, to avoid stigma from their providers.” Read the full article Is Fat Stigma Making Us Miserable?.
PEDIATRICIANS ARE ASKED TO JOIN FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD HUNGER
October 29, 2015. The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging pediatricians to screen all patients for food insecurity and to be prepared to refer parents to appropriate resources so children do not go hungry. According to the Department of Agriculture, sixteen million children live in homes where there is consistently not enough food. These food insecurities have been linked to behavioral and emotional problems from preschool through adolescence. For more information please see the article, Pediatricians Are Asked to Join Fight Against Childhood Hunger by Catherine Saint Louis, Oct 23, The New York Times.
FOOD FIGHTS: TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING CHILDREN HEALTHY EATING HABITS
September 4, 2015. Techniques used by parents for getting children to eat healthy foods have been under debate. A blog on the New York Times website offers some techniques for helping children eat healthier by recognizing the child’s need for control over what they eat. Referencing the sociologist and author, Dina Rose, PhD, the blog’s author argues for an approach of limitation over deprivation when it comes to the types of food offered to children. Read the article on the NYTimes website.
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OFFERS ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
August 13, 2015. The ALA has gone live with its new online learning module, “Asthma Basics.” The program is free and is designed to teach participants to, “Recognize and manage triggers, understand the value of an asthma action plan, and recognize and respond to a breathing emergency.” Learn more at the ALA website (http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/learning-more-about-asthma/asthma-basics.html).
FAT STIGMA FUELS WEIGHT BULLYING
July 13, 2015. A new multi-nation study found that being "fat" is the most common reason children are bullied. According to an article on the New York Times website, " Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying," researchers surveyed the views of 2,866 adults in the US, Canada, Iceland and Australia. What they found was what many are calling a "serious" or "very serious" issue with the incident of weight bullying. Read the full article here.
PROJECT ANALYZES APPROACHES TO REDUCING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
June 30, 2015. A project known as the “Childhood Obesity Cost-Effectiveness Study”—or “Choices”—is in the process of analyzing four approaches to reducing childhood obesity. According to an article on the New York Times website, Choices’ focus is to examine “in exhaustive detail the costs and benefits of four possible approaches to curbing childhood obesity: placing an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages; ending the tax write-off for advertising on children’s television; increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity in schools; and fostering healthier habits … in preschool settings.” Initial findings were published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read the full article here.
LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK
June 26, 2015. It's that time of year again and the temperature is heating up. Heatstroke is the number one killer of children outside of car crashes. That’s why the Administration for Children and Families has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. For more information please see the article, "Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock, on the Early Childhood Development website.