October picks from the Office of Adolescent Health worth a closer look

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Network faithful know how much we love the work being done by the Office of Adolescent Health, US Department of Health & Human Services (OAH). The "October picks" from their recent email alert includes a couple of gems we want to share with you. Be sure to check out the OAH website for some relevant and timely information on working with adolescents.

Here are our favorites from the OAH list for October:

  1. Paving pathways for adolescents. The Pathways for Youth strategic plan, from the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, helps encourage federal collaboration to improve health outcomes for youth, especially for those who are most vulnerable.  After reading the plan, share your thoughts on action steps to make it a reality.
  2. Promoting dads talking with teens.  October is also “Let’s Talk” month, a time to support parents and encourage them to talk to their adolescents about healthy relationships and sexuality.  Check out these resources from Fatherhood.gov to help dads step up to the plate. For more tips on how to have sensitive conversations, parents can also check out OAH’s Talking with Teens. 
  3. Eat more fruits and veggies.  The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools effort helps students eat more fruits and vegetables by making them more accessible and offering a variety of school salad bar choices.  Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch program can apply to have salad bars installed in their schools.
  4. Improving the healthy, safety, and well-being of young adults.  Read the workshop summary from the Institute of Medicine or view this infographic; both highlight changes between 1960 and 2010, how transitioning between systems affects young adults' health, and what can be done to support young adults’ development.   


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