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These videos provide valuable information about taking a school health approach.

Investing in Student Health – The Importance of Partnerships – The video outlines how important investment is in a school health approach to reduce risk behaviours and improve academic performance. Students benefit when school districts put time into health education and health services. Families, school health leaders, and community partners are encouraged to be part of the process. There is a pay-off when everyone in a school community invests in the future.

Their Future is Our Future: 30 Years of Investing in Adolescent Health – The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) looks back across three decades of progress in translating the science into programs, policies and practices that make students safer and healthier. The work was done in concert with education agencies, health agencies, youth-serving organizations, and parents. It is interesting to look at how the science is translated into programs, policies and practices that can improve student’s lives.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model – CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) works closely with youth serving education and health organizations to ensure programs, policies, practices, and research integrate the WSCC model’s school components.

What is YRBS? – Celeste Jorge, epidemiologist at the Connecticut Department of Public Health, gives an introduction to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The the value of its data is outlined. How the information is collected and the explanation from YRBS can be used to help students make healthy choices to become healthy adults.

Back-to-School:  A Time to Think About Health and Academics – New data released by CDC confirms that regardless of sex, race/ethnicity and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic marks also reported greater health risk behaviors.

Beyond the Data – Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness – Adolescence is a time to form new friendships, develop social skills and learn behaviours that will last a lifetime.  Some make better decisions that others. Of concern are areas such sexual behaviour and substance abuse. There can be cause for concern. Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr Kathleen Ethier discuss the importance of the role schools and communities play in the health and safety of young people.

Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness – As teens are not engaging as much in risky behaviours, they still need help. The recent results of a national Youth Risk Behaviour survey is discussed by Dr. John islander and Dr. Kathleen Ethier. The discussion on progress being made and the challenges that remain gives food for thought.