Office of School Wellness Programs
Get Students Talking, Get Students Tested:
STI Awareness and Prevention
Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 make up nearly half of the 20 million cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) reported annually in the U.S.—in New York City, more than one in four diagnosed STI cases are in teens—but many young people don’t know they are infected because STIs often carry no symptoms. In honor of STI Awareness Month In April, high school health teachers can mobilize staff and students beyond health education class to generate support for a Get Yourself Tested Campaign to reinforce learning about STI prevention, testing, and treatment. Also consider leveraging this campaign at your school to promote healthy communication skills with partners and providers about this important topic. Learn more here, including links to free, downloadable flyers, buttons, and other materials to post around your school/campus. Condom Availability Program (CAP) staff can also customize GYT posters to promote teen-friendly clinics or a testing event that your school has coordinated.
- Added Dates for Physical Best Specialist Certification Workshops: New teachers can register for sessions in Manhattan on 4/21 and Brooklyn on 5/4 to learn about the DOE-recommended Physical Best curriculum and philosophy and how to use NYC FITNESSGRAM to plan instruction. Participants are eligible to take the Specialist Certification Exam at no cost, offered online through SHAPE America.
- Making Move-to-Improve Minutes Count Even More: In addition to enhancing academic achievement through active learning, Move-to-Improve (MTI) All-Star Schools can now record their MTI minutes in STARS to be sure this valuable instructional time, as part of a comprehensive PE program, counts toward meeting the elementary PE requirement of 120 minutes per week. Principals received instructions in the 4/12 edition of Principals’ Weekly. See our guidance document or email MTI@schools.nyc.gov for further information. Plan for All-Star status next year by having your teachers attend workshops offered through early June; click here for a schedule and to register.
- Free HIV/AIDS 101 Training 5/19 for Teachers of All Grades: Register now to learn how to teach age- and developmentally appropriate HIV/AIDS lessons to your students and cultivate responsible attitudes and healthy decision-making that can protect them against HIV infection. Schools K-12 are required to provide all students with HIV/AIDS lessons each year using the DOE-approved HIV/AIDS Curriculum, and training participants receive a free copy.
- K-5 Health Education Training (Including Puberty Lessons): Register for HealthTeacher 101 Comprehensive Health Education Training on 5/24 in Queens to learn how to use your free subscription to HealthTeacher.com, the DOE-recommended online curriculum, and integrate health lessons into classroom instruction following NY State standards. A breakout session will cover grades 4 and 5 puberty lessons, so be prepared for teaching health next year.
- Plan for Teaching HealthSmart Curriculum in Middle School Next Year: Learn about the DOE-recommended curriculum, prepare a skills-based lesson, and gain the confidence to handle sensitive issues and answer challenging questions in your middle school. Register for our last trainings of this year, a HealthSmart 101 workshop on 6/16 and HealthSmart 102 on 6/17, and receive a free copy of the Grades 6-8 HealthSmart 2nd Edition curriculum as well as student workbooks.
- Free 2016-17 Ninth Grade Health Resources: Peer Health Exchange offers a 13-lesson, skills-based curriculum on how to get accurate health information, identify health resources in the community, and more, delivered by trained students from local colleges. This program can offer supplementary health to students in ninth grade but does not fulfill the high school health education requirement. Email Sarah Cocuzzo to learn more and enroll your school for 2016-17.
- NEWS ANALYSIS: Why Are So Few Kids Getting the HPV Vaccine (Pew Charitable Trusts, 4/7)
- NEWS: One Major Downside to IUD Use (Huffington Post, 3/15)
- NEWS: Adolescents Drink Too Much Caffeine (Medical News Today, 3/8)
Physical Activity and Fitness
- Run With Team Healthy Kids in the 2016 New York City Marathon: Raise funds to help support active, healthy NYC students and get a guaranteed spot in November’s marathon! Action for Healthy Kids is recruiting now for adult members of Team Healthy Kids; participants must meet a minimum fundraising commitment.
- High School Girls: Get Fit and Earn a College Scholarship This Summer: New York Road Runners’ Run for the Future program is a free, fun way for high school girls to develop running and leadership skills, work on a community service project, and earn a $1,500 scholarship toward college if they complete program requirements. Application deadline is 4/17; see program details and apply here. All NYC young women entering their senior year of high school or working toward their New York State High School Equivalency Diploma in 2016-2017 are eligible.
- NEWS: A Local Apple a Day…Benefits Kids, Farmers and the Environment (Huffpost New York, 3/22)
- Grade 3-5 Service in Schools Youth Service Summit: Want to engage your grade 3-5 public school students in community service on issues like homelessness, health, hunger, the environment, and animals? Apply for the 3rd Annual Service in Schools Youth Service Summit on 5/27 in Brooklyn, where groups of elementary students will work with high school student leaders on service projects and a culminating reflection session. For more information click here, and apply here. Applications due by 5:00pm on 5/22. For questions, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.
- Free Guidance on Internet Safety, Online Behavior, and Cyberbullying: NYCDOE is partnering with Common Sense Media and EverFi to provide free, grade-appropriate curricular and professional development materials, lessons, and best practices online. DOE employees can access details, including certification options, on the DOE Intranet’s Innovation Partner Professional Development Page (DOE email required).
- Do the Write Thing Challenge for Middle-School Students: Empower seventh and eighth graders to express their views on youth violence and commit to change with the Do The Write Thing Challenge from the National Campaign to Stop Violence. Students who submit a minimum 350-word piece and required parental permission form by the 5/6 deadline have a chance to be selected as one of two New York State “national ambassadors” honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC in June. Contact Melanie Louis for entry details and questions.
- Free Earth Day and Arbor Day Outdoor Activities: Parks throughout the City celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day on 4/17 and Arbor Day on 4/22 with family-friendly weekend events through April. See the NYC Parks calendar for hikes, dance performances, gardening classes, volunteer opportunities, and more; find other NYC Earth Day events on the Earth Day Initiative website.
- Update: Requesting 2016 NYC Bike Maps and Safety Guides: Free, newly revised maps and “Bike Smart” guides from the NYC Department of Transportation are now available. To request copies for your classrooms, email email@example.com and be sure to specify the quantity, your full address, and a contact phone number; or call 311. Use the guides to explore the city’s 1,000 miles of bike lanes and off-street greenway paths, and for in-class mapping and local geography lessons.
- NEWS: Checking on Bullying at the Doctor’s Office (New York Times, 3/30)
- NEWS: Is Your High Schooler Sleep-Deprived? Buckle Up for Bad News (Los Angeles Times, 4/7)