Improving student health together

News Round-up: 3/29/16

News Round-up: 3/29/16

The latest news and information related to education, health and wellness from local and national sources.

Making school lunch healthy - RE-1 Valley School District is focused on healthy eating not just this month during National Nutrition Month, but every month.

The crippling thing about growing up poor that stays with you forever - Poverty has a way of rearing its ugly head, slipping into the cracks in people's lives when they're young and then re-emerging later in life.

How schools are using ‘mindful eating’ to help prevent eating disorders - While mindful eating is scientifically proven to help prevent overeating and obesity, a new psychological study suggests that it may also forestall eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, which affect 30 million people each year and are the deadliest of psychiatric illnesses.

Charter high school for teenage parents and their kids opens in Aurora - A new charter school serving pregnant and parenting teenagers opened last fall in north Aurora, where the teen birth rate is particularly high in the metro area.

Why Schools Should Make Sleep a Priority - Sleep. We all know kids need it, and without it, they don't perform as well in school.

Homeless student numbers spike in some Colorado districts, according to KIDS COUNT report - Despite decreases in unemployment and poverty rates, the number of homeless students jumped in several Colorado communities last year, with the biggest increases in Denver, Pueblo and Mesa County.

Child Poverty In Colorado: 5 Takeaways From This Year's Kids Count Report

Nike Expands Shoe Line For People With Special Needs - Nike is adding to its lineup of sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities, with a fresh range of offerings for both kids and adults.

Feds Aim To Improve Academics Among Students With Behavior Issues - Federal education officials are taking new steps to address the academic needs of students with disabilities who have significant behavior challenges.


Funding Opportunities

CDE - The "Colorado Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1990" encourages every school district to provide a pre K-12th grade planned, sequential health education program. Parental and community involvement in the program is stressed. Parents and guardians have the right to exempt from any or all of the health education program. Local health advisory councils are encouraged and should be representative of the norms and values of the community.

CDE - The School Health Professional Grant (SHPG) program is designed to provide funds to eligible education providers to enhance the presence of school health professionals in their secondary schools. School Health Professionals are defined as School Nurses, School Psychologists, School Social Workers and School Counselors.