Category Archives: Healthy & Ready to Learn

Free FLASH Training

OSPI is are offering two trainings on the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum. 

July 7, Des MoinesFLASH training for elementary educators – registration deadline is June 27.

July 11, WenatcheeFLASH training for middle school educators, using the newly revised Middle School FLASH – registration deadline is July 1.

This training is a highly interactive and research-based learning process that supports educators with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully use the FLASH program in the classroom. Educators who successfully complete the FLASH learning process walk away with knowledge and skills on:

  • The foundations of sexual health and HIV instruction
  • How to answer sensitive student questions
  • Key concepts to use in teaching the FLASH curriculum
  • Best practices in methodology for teaching key sexuality education topics such as abstinence, puberty, sexual violence prevention, LGBT issues, and more.

This full day training provides 7 free clock hours.

Middle School FLASH is newly revised (June 2016). OSPI has a limited number of free licenses for the on-line versions of both middle and high school FLASH.


for this and other Sexual health and HIV training resources, please go to OSPI.

Skin Cancer & Summer Sun Safety

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and most cases are preventable.

Despite efforts to address skin cancer risk factors, such as inadequate sun protection and intentional tanning behaviors, skin cancer rates, including rates of melanoma, have continued to increase in the United States and worldwide. The goal of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer is to increase skin cancer awareness and to call for actions to reduce its risk.

For more resources and information on skin cancer, go to the CDC’s webpage on skin cancer

See here for a great infographic called “protect all the skin you’re in” to share on social media or print for posting.

Childhood Sleep Guidelines

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Childhood Sleep Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a Statement of Endorsement supporting the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines outlining recommended sleep duration for children from infants to teens. The guidelines, “Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations” will be published June 13 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The AAP endorses the guidelines and encourages pediatricians to discuss these recommendations and healthy sleep habits with parents and teens during clinical visits.

The consensus group recommends the following sleep hours:

  • Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

The group found that adequate sleep duration for age on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression, especially for teens who may experience increased risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
For more information, please go to the AAP 

Communities That Care

Communities That Care (CTC) employs a proven, community-change process for reducing youth violence, alcohol & tobacco use,
and delinquency – through tested & effective programs and policies…

CTC uses prevention science to promote healthy youth development. We guide local coalitions through a tested 5-phase process.CTC fosters young people’s well-being using a Social Development Strategy that promotes opportunities, skills, and recognition.

It’s Time to Reframe How We Think About Education and Health

It’s Time to Reframe How We Think About Education and Health

May 17, 2016, 10:03 AM, Posted by Kristin Schubert


Kids spend more time at school than anywhere outside their homes, making schools where we have the greatest chance of improving kids’ health trajectory through physical, social and emotional development.

Read the article from the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health blog:

Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Webinar

Lead Testing in School Drinking Water

Join us for a webinar on May 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Register now!

School administrators, local health officials, and others are invited to a webinar from the Washington State Department of Health to learn more about testing drinking water for possible lead contamination, health effects of lead, the Governor’s Directive for Drinking Water, the State Board of Health School Rule, and resources available. The webinar will be recorded and posted for future viewing.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award!

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award!

Deadline, June 17, 2016
The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award! The Award recognizes significant efforts by individuals or groups to improve children’s vision and eye health at the state or national level. Learn more.


Heroin and Prescription Opiate Taskforce Community Meeting

Heroin and Prescription Opiate Taskforce Community Meeting: 

A free community conversation on heroin and prescription opiate overdose and addiction on May 31st in Renton, sponsored by the King County Heroin & Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force (formerly MHCADSD). This is a public event and your voice is needed!


community mtg


Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and May is National Teen Pregnancy Month – a downloadable Supporter Kit includes 12 ideas for getting involved. Other offerings include:

May 11, 11 am – Digital Town Hall Webinar on teen pregnancy prevention from OAH.

May 19, 10 am – “Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates” webinar from the CDC.

May 19, 11 am – Twitter Chat, #Youth360: Moving Beyond Prevention to Holistic Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health.

Other resources for the May campaign are available from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Healthy Students Achieve!