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									                                               Friday Beat
                                                 August 15, 2008 Edition


                  For additional resources on these topics and others related to school health education and services,
                                              visit the School Health Program Web site at
                                            www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth

Quote to Note:
“We all live with the objective of being happy;
                     our lives are all different and yet the same.”                                                      Anne Frank

Program Notices and Postings:
FFY09 RMTS Mandatory Annual Program Contact Training Requirements for Current and Potential
SHARS and MAC Participating School Districts
Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) Annual Program Contact Training is mandatory for all independent school
districts (ISDs) that wish to participate in the Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) and/or School Health and
Related Services (SHARS) programs. At this time, registration for the mandatory annual HHSC RMTS Program
Contact Training for Federal Fiscal Year 2009 (FFY09) is being offered to ISDs. At least one representative per
ISD must attend the mandatory Program Contact training to be eligible to participate in the MAC and/or SHARS
programs for FFY09 (i.e., 10/01/2008 – 09/30/2009). However, HHSC believes it is ESSENTIAL that all ISDs
have a minimum of two trained Program Contacts to avoid the risk of becoming ineligible to participate in
SHARS/MAC due to ISD personnel changes or absences that may occur.

RMTS Program Contact training is being offered both live (minimum 20 participants) and via Webinar. These
sessions are open to any individual designated as a Program Contact for the MAC and/or SHARS program by the
ISD. Please click on the following link to register to attend the desired live or Webinar mandatory annual RMTS
Program Contact trainings: www.hhsc.state.tx.us/rmts.

FFY09 Mandatory MAC Financial Training for MAC Participating School Districts
MAC Financial Training: (only mandatory if participating in MAC for FFY09) is also being offered live (minimum
20 participants) and via Webinar. These sessions are open to any individual designated as a Financial Contact
for the MAC program by the ISD and who will be responsible for certifying the MAC financial data in the Fairbanks
system. The MAC Financial Training is an overview of the components of the MAC financial claim and has
nothing to do with the SHARS cost-reporting process. The MAC Financial Training is being offered to any school
district participating in the RMTS and seeking MAC reimbursement. Please click on the following link to register
for the desired live or Webinar MAC Financial Training: www.hhsc.state.tx.us/rmts.


Upcoming Conferences, Trainings and Professional Development:
Internet-Based HIV/STI Interventions for Adolescents – August 21, 2008 3:00-4:30 PM (ET)
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will provide participants with background
information about adolescent internet use as well as strategies for how local health departments can leverage the
power of the internet to target adolescents for HIV/STI prevention. Register now by visiting
http://webcasts.naccho.org/session.php?id=1493.

Middle School Violence Program Teacher Training Opportunity – November 6-8, 2008
We’re pleased to announce that Education Development Center, Inc. is sponsoring a training event on
Aggressors, Victims and Bystanders (AVB) November 6-8 at the Education Development Center conference
center in Newton, Massachusetts. AVB is a middle school violence prevention program that has been selected by



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the U.S. Department of Education's Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools as a promising
prevention program. The application deadline is September 25th. To find out more information or to obtain an
application, please visit www.thtm.org/training.htm.

Green Clean Schools National Summit – November 12, 2008
The summit will bring together national organizations, corporate leaders, state-level activists and concerned
individuals to develop state-specific strategies with lessons learned from previous successful efforts. Summit
attendees will have the opportunity to learn about model legislation, see sample materials, discuss responses to
common objections and get updates on policy and product development. To register, go to
www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/campaign/green_clean_schools/summit.php.


Physical Education:
International Walk to School Day – October 8, 2008
International Walk to School Day is sponsored by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Access press
releases, checklists, activities, the “walking bus” and other ideas, a list of registered schools and how to get the
community involved by going to the Web site at www.walktoschool.org.

Walking to School Webcast
Free satellite broadcast or live Webcast September 18, 2008 (9-10 am EST) produced by the School of Public
Health, University of New York at Albany. To register, go to www.albany.edu/sph/coned/phlwalk.htm.


Health Education:
Talking to Your Kids about Sex and Abstinence
A parent handbook and accompanying DVD are available at no charge as long as supplies last. This hands-on
guide, created by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and supported in part by the Abstinence
Education Program and the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families,
Family and Youth Services Bureau and DSHS, provides real-life tips about what information kids need at different
ages and how to get a conversation going. The handbook contains important statistics and facts about puberty,
sexually transmitted diseases, teen sexuality trends and more. Schools may order this resource in quantity for
distribution to parents upon special request. To order, email Megan Cody at megan.cody@dshs.state.tx.us.

Tell Me NOW – New Video from The Medical Institute
This 22 minute video presents age-appropriate information about puberty and sex to 3rd to 5th graders in an
entertaining and fast paced format. Designed to be viewed with a child, the DVD features Super Smart Doctors -
the superheroes of sexual health. They come to the rescue with answers to many of the important questions kids
ask at this age. To access the video, go to www.medinstitute.org.


Health Services:
Staphylococcal Infection Containment Checklists Available to Download
Two Staph Infection Containment Checklists of actions to be taken in the event that a staphylococcal infection
occurs in a school and/or athletic department facility are available. Both checklists can be found in the Prevention
and Containment of Staphylococcal Infections in Communities guideline or under the “Schools” category on the
MRSA Web page, both at www.mrsaTexas.org.

Learning About Diabetes: A Game for Healthy Living
This is an excellent board game about diabetes for older kids and adults. Covering both Type 1 and Type 2
diabetes, Learning About Diabetes was designed to be an interactive educational tool to help people learn about
diabetes. Access information at the following link: www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/d_06_c30.htm.


Nutrition Services:
CDC Healthy Weight Web site
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't just about a "diet" or "program.” It is part of an ongoing lifestyle that can be
adopted now and stay for years to come. A healthy weight contributes to good health now and during aging. Web site topics
include:
 Assessing Your Weight              Healthy Eating for Healthy Weight
 Balancing Calories                 Physical Activity for Healthy Weight

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    Preventing Weight Gain                      Tips for Parents – Ideas and Tips to Help Prevent Childhood Overweight
    Losing Weight                               The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity
Access this site by going to www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight.


Safe and Healthy School Environment:
OJJDP Announces Fact Sheet: Highlights of the 2006 National Youth Gang Survey
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov) (OJJDP) announces the
availability of "Highlights of the 2006 National Youth Gang Survey.” This 2-page fact sheet was prepared by
OJJDP's National Youth Gang Center. The fact sheet summarizes findings from the National Youth Gang Survey
for 2006 and reports data on the number of gangs, gang members and gang-related crime. Based on survey
results, it is estimated that approximately 26,500 gangs and 785,000 gang members were active in the United
States in 2006. "Highlights of the 2006 National Youth Gang Survey" (FS 200805) is available online at
http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=245263. Search by document number for quick access.


Counseling and Mental Health Services:
Sleep an Important Component of Childhood Obesity Prevention Efforts, Study Says
A study in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry finds that children who do not get enough sleep
are more likely to be overweight than their well-rested peers, suggesting that sleep duration should be
emphasized in future childhood obesity prevention efforts, HealthDay News reports. Read more at
www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/digest.jsp?id=8328&c=EMC-ND138.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The first full week in May has been designated as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental
Health is essential to overall health and well being. The stigma associated with mental illness should no longer
exist. Children and youth with mental illness and their families deserve access to services and support to assist
them in gaining success in the classroom. Help become part of the solution that exposes and resolves the
problem. Support mental health awareness. Additional information is available from the following site:
http://childrensmentalhealthawarenessweek.org.




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