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National Bike Month

Original source: http://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/RideaBike/Pages/default.aspx Biking is a healthy, accessible and affordable mode of transportation. It offers a reduced environmental footprint with no fuel expenses or parking fees, low maintenance costs, and provides a cardiovascular workout. With thousands of miles of bicycle routes and increasing focus on improving bicycling safety and access in Pennsylvania, there are lots of […]

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Easy on the Salt Infographic

If you’re trying to reduce the salt in your diet, you’ll likely find you’re not alone. It’s very common advice given by doctors for those suffering from high blood pressure. Your body only needs a small amount go sodium to work properly, but too much sodium can be bad for your health. Even though it’s a common diagnosis, […]

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Even one cigarette a day raises risk of earlier death

Original source: https://pennstatehershey.netreturns.biz/HealthInfo/Story.aspx?StoryId=198a6b74-ad2a-4168-89be-a896063b410f#.WRtEexPytBw You may have heard the phrase, “Everything in moderation.” It applies to a lot of things, but smoking isn’t one of them. In fact, a new study from the National Cancer Institute shows that smoking even one cigarette a day can lead to an earlier death. The study looked at data from over […]

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Stressed Out by Daily Life? Mindfulness Can Help

Original source: http://cdn.coverstand.com/40958/407393/93391fbcddb5269124dce5845bdc6769187b5270.pdf By Elizabeth Hivner, BS, CHES, Penn State PRO Wellness project coordinator We all experience stress. Stress can be helpful in situations like recitals or job interviews by helping us perform better and stay focused. But, too often we are stressed in ways that hurt our overall well-being. In ancient times, people needed to […]

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The Lyme Wars: Lyme disease numbers on the rise

Original source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/11/lyme-disease-numbers-on-the-rise/ Thursday, May 11, 2017 — By Laura Kelly, The Washington Times  Black-legged and deer ticks have spread into new areas across the country, carrying Lyme disease into places where it didn’t exist 20 years, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates that about 30,000 U.S. residents are […]

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School Health & Wellness Survey

Action for Healthy Kids is conducting a national survey with our school partners to gain a deeper understanding of schools’ motivations and needs to promote healthy school environments and healthy lifestyles for their students, and to work with external organizations to access programs, practices and resources to do this work.  Please complete this survey with […]

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Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 

Original source: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/be-active/npfsm2017/index.html It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is excited to keep the journey from #0to60 going by encouraging everyone to #MoveInMay. This May, stay motivated with the President’s Council’s Presidential Champions and Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) programs! Each program allows you to track your […]

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New CDC Resources for Managing Chronic Health Conditions in Schools

Original source: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/ Managing chronic health conditions can present daily challenges for US children and adolescents who spend many hours in school. Some conditions can present emergency situations and need immediate attention. Others can be managed properly with daily monitoring. Some conditions, like uncontrolled asthma, can lead to higher rates of school absenteeism, putting some students […]

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Free Sustainable Systems Training

Are you an educator, school board or council member, a leadership team, school administrator, educational consultant or structure reformer? Join Penn State PRO Wellness for a FREE workshop with nationally recognized Healthier Generation Hero, Jessica Lawrence. Learn first-hand about Lawrence’s solo cycling trip across the US to raise $23,000 to fight childhood obesity. Her enthusiastic […]

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Highmark Foundation honors 11 nurses with its third annual Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards

Original Source: https://www.highmarkfoundation.org/aboutus/news/2017/051017-nursing-awards.shtml PITTSBURGH (May 10, 2017) — Commemorating National School Nurse Day today, the Highmark Foundation announced 11 winners of its third annual Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards, created to honor and recognize the important role that school nurses play in keeping children healthy. Award winners each receive $1,500 to use for professional development or […]

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