Nebraska Whole Child Newsletter
January 2023 Edition - Nebraska Department of Education
Cheers to 2023!
We strive to provide useful resources to support you as you educate and promote wellbeing.
Youth Tobacco Prevention Specialist Joins the NDE Healthy Schools Team!
A recent study found that 81% of youth who used e-cigarettes, did so to cope with feelings of stress and/or depression. Vaping with or without nicotine has been shown to impact impulse control, especially in young adults whose brains have not fully developed.
Additional data of note outlines that 46% of Nebraska youth who report vaping are interested in quitting despite the heavy marketing that youth experience from tobacco companies. In December 2022 Juul Labs agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle more than 5,000 lawsuits by school districts, local governments, and individuals who claimed that its e-cigarettes were more addictive than advertised.
A national youth text support line is available to receive quit support, and additional vaping quit strategies are linked here. If you need support or resources for vaping education, contact Ranae Aspen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View additional 2021 youth risk behavior data at the NDE Whole Child Website.
School Highlight....Hastings High School
Talk. They Hear You.
Support Social and Emotional Best Practices at Scheduled Team Meetings
A school's efforts to support the implementation of a positive school climate are more likely to succeed if leaders consistently make space to discuss implementation.
This tool provides discussion prompts divided into 4 buckets:
1. Positive classroom culture
2. Integration of social-emotional practices into instruction
3. Effective implementation of evidence-based programming
4. Student-centered discipline/restorative practice.
Ideally, take 5-10 minutes weekly in a scheduled team meeting such as grade level meetings to intentionally work to increase supportive schoolwide practices!
Whole Child Resources
Guide for Incorporating Health & Wellness into School Improvement Plans
Are you on the School Improvement Team? Take this guide to your team! If not, who values health & wellness that is? Share the guide with them.
Choose Good Do Good
Healthier Generation has teamed up with Del Monte Foods to help families achieve their nutrition goals in 2023, with nourishing, kid-pleasing recipes and fun resources to bring fresh inspiration to family meals.
Plus, through the Del Monte Foods Choose Good Do Good program, you can feed your family while supporting nutritional programming for children across America. Each qualifying purchase receives a discount and helps Healthier Generation provide nutritional resources to students at 3,000 schools.
Out of School-Time Resources
Check out this 1 page full of resources: Guides, Lesson Plans, Play Breaks, SEL Playbook, A Beautiful Day Website & much more!
Beyond School Bell’s family engagement mini-grants are built around a STEM-based family engagement planning tool and workbook that wrap evidence-based best practices around STEM programming and outreach.
Walk to Unlock Nebraska - New Trail!
Walk to Unlock Nebraska invites students and teachers to combine exercise and learning through a fun, competitive virtual platform that rewards physical activity with fascinating historical, geographical, and agriculture information about our state.
The program provides checkpoints along routes across the state for youth (and their teachers!) to virtually visit while tracking physical activity time, steps and/or miles. Walk to Unlock Nebraska was created with the idea of combining academic enrichment and physical activity:
- This learning experience is targeted for students in kindergarten through eighth grade
- Multiple lesson topics include science, social studies, math, language arts, nutrition and more
- Integrated curricular ideas are included to be used as tools for learning both in the classroom and at home
- Virtual field trips are available to enhance the journey
Now is the time when indoor recess happens, use this video next time!
National News You Can Use...
January is National Teen Driving Awareness Month.
- The YRBS Survey/CDC states that compared with other age groups, teens and young adults often have the lowest seat belt use rates. In 2017, only 58.8% of high school students always wore seat belts when riding as passengers.
- Teen drivers aged 16-19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20
- In 2017, 40% of motor vehicle crash deaths among teen drivers and passengers aged 13-19 occurred between 9 pm and 6 am, and 51% occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday according to the YRBS Survey/CDC.
Jan. 11th - National Milk Day
Observes the first time – 1878 – milk was delivered to homes inside sterilized glass bottles sealed with waxed paper. Discover Dairy have numerous lessons/activities for all ages.
Jan 21st National Hug Day - The simplest and most effective way of expressing affection.
Jan. 24th National Compliment Day - Challenge your students to compliment five people on January 24th – and then enjoy the sparkle in their eye and the extra bounce in their step. Ideas to engage students
School Health Learning Collaboratives
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to learn best practices and healthcare updates with CNE credits available for no charge!
- Session 9 | ADHD Behavioral Interventions (January 11, 2023)
- Session 10 | Anxiety & Depression and the Impact of Social Media (January 25, 2023)
- Session 11 | Project ADAM (February 8, 2023)
Sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 3-4 pm CST. These sessions will be delivered via Zoom utilizing this link. The same Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be used for all meetings. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in schools through a variety of strategies
New School Nurse Huddle
Reoccurring Zoom link below:
Meeting ID: 956 4006 5920
Nebraska School Nurse Conference
More information will be available at: https://nebraskaschoolnurses.nursingnetwork.com/
Sunday, Jun 4, 2023, 05:00 PM
Kearney, NE, USA
Nebraska Healthy Schools Program- Supporting the Whole Child
Location: 500 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE, USA