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The Update: September 21, 2017 


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The Scope

Let's Protect Our Teens With a Different Kind of "Helmet"
While contemplating an article about high school football and concussions, this pediatrician says "the teen years have me wishing for an altogether different type of helmet."  One that would encourage healthy eating, exercise, proper sleep, mental flexibility and resilience. "It would help facilitate the idea that we are only as good as our ability to adapt to change. Learning from mistakes would be guaranteed with this helmet, as would the determination needed to reach a goal blocked by many obstacles."

National News

Let's Give Evaluation of SRA and SRR Education the Same Treatment
The author of this National Review article commends rigorous evaluation of sex-education programs, but points out that critics of SRA education are quick to cite meta-studies which purport to show that SRA programs are ineffective at either reducing or delaying teen sexual activity, while failing to perform the same evaluation on SRR programs.

State News

California:  The Wonder Years...Not So Wonderful
The greater Los Angeles area is introducing a new sex ed curriculum starting in fourth grade.  The curriculum, entitled Puberty:  The Wonder Years, is authored by Michigan health educator and nurse Wendy Sellers, and according to the author is aimed at "changing the traditional role of sex education."  This article acknowledges that there's plenty of room for improvement in sex education, but goes on to say, "But where do you draw the line between actual sex education and social justice indoctrination? Young girls should be prepared for the onset of menstruation and both genders should be aware of all the health aspects which are involved in puberty. This program, however, goes considerably further."

North Carolina:  Birth Control Without Parental Consent
Thanks to a new app called Nurx, girls as young as 13 can now get birth control without going to the doctor or requiring parental consent.  Users of Nurx simply answer a few questions, and the birth control is shipped for free to their door.  The NC Values Coalition says they will "certainly be advocating for legislation to prohibit the use of 'telemedicine' by minors to obtain contraception."  Read more here.


The Link Between Grades and Risk Behaviors
According to new data published this month, the CDC confirms that regardless of sex, race/ethnicity and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic grades also report greater health risk behaviors related to substance use, violence, and sex.  As a result, the CDC has identified schools as a key setting for improving health.  Let's make sure that they are hearing the right messages while they are in the classroom.

Teens Doing Good!

High Schooler Wants to Encourage Other Young People to Vote
Many want to know why young people don't vote, but this 17-year-old's desire to know why prompted him to write a civics textbook.  High school senior, James Wellemeyer, talked to upwards of 60 young people from the ages of 14 to 22, and used their stories about how they got into activism and politics to anchor the book. The result is a 150 page book which Wellemeyer is hoping will be adopted by schools and will eventually move more young bodies to polling booths.
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