- Stop Bullying
- HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education in Public Secondary Schools
- Screen Time –VS- Lean Time
- Materials Available for HBO’s "The Weight of the Nation" Documentary Series

Stop Bullying

For the past year, the Obama administration has increased emphasis on stopping bullying in schools and communities. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website – www.stopbullying.gov – to encourage children, parents, educators, and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying. StopBullying.gov emphasizes action steps individuals can take to prevent bullying in their schools and communities. The site features tools and resources for community leaders, young people, and families on:

(1) ways to recognize the warning signs and when to take action
(2) tips to prevent bullying before it starts
(3) ways to implement strategies for prevention
(4) ideas for sharing community resources, policies, or strategies to prevent bullying
(5) information on state bullying laws.

Additional resources include widgets, badges, and e-mail updates, as well as options for submitting materials to the resource database, following the campaign on Twitter or Facebook, and providing feedback. The website is available at www.stopbullying.gov.

HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education in Public Secondary Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an analysis of the 2008 and 2010 School Health Profiles data in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, entitled “HIV, Other STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education in Public Secondary Schools - 45 States, 2008–2010” – http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6113a2.htm?s_cid=mm6113a2_w

Screen Time –VS- Lean Time

Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the last 30 years. Today, about one in six children is obese. According to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the time kids spend in front of a screen for entertainment has increased by an hour and 17 minutes since 2004. The number of ways that kids can use a screen has also increased with the proliferation of smart phones, portable DVD players, handheld entertainment consoles, and tablet computers.

A new info graphic is available to educate parents, caregivers, and those who interact with children ages 8-18 about the surprising amounts of TV, video game, computer and other entertainment screen time that children are getting, and the opportunities for physical activity that they are missing out on. The info graphic also provides tips for healthier activities and ways parents can limit screen time in the home.

You can find the info graphic online at: makinghealtheasier.org/getmoving. Contact Leslie Lewis at LLewis@fhi360.org to adapt the info graphic for other purposes such as posters with your own and CDC’s logo.

While the release is being timed to support Screen-Free Week during April 30 to May 6, this info graphic can be used any time of year to get families talking about physical activity.

Materials Available for HBO’s "The Weight of the Nation" Documentary Series

HBO’s Weight of the Nation is comprised of a series of four documentary films, three children’s films, and up to 12 bonus short films. The mission of this public education campaign is to accelerate efforts to eliminate obesity across the U.S.

CDC is working with HBO Documentary Films, the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to roll out the community and state engagement component of the campaign. Activities that support the community and state engagement efforts will include regional screenings in several major cities, the distribution of up to 40,000 community action kits, an HBO web site and a social media campaign. In addition, parts of the documentary series will be screened at the CDC's Weight of the Nation(TM) 2012 conference in Washington DC on May 7.

On May 14-15, HBO will broadcast the documentaries through all its channels including the HBO main channel, multiplex channels, HBO, On Demand, HBO GO and more. The films will stream free of charge on HBO.com. In addition to the community screenings of the films, and on-demand access to the online short films, non-HBO subscribers will be able to view the films when they are broadcast as HBO’s local affiliates are removing the subscription requirement for the week of May 14, giving access to non-subscribers.

Visit theweightofthenation.hbo.com/# to read the pre-release information and to sign up for a screening kit from HBO. You can also navigate to the Facebook page that HBO has established to promote the film (Facebook.com/TheWeightOfTheNation), and “like” the page while you’re there. Visit CDC.gov/Obesity to learn more about the epidemic and the multiple strategies that will help us address this epidemic, or CDC.gov/WON to learn more about the CDC's Weight of the Nation 2012 conference.

For more information, please contact Rosie Bretthauer-Mueller, CDC, RBretthauer-Mueller@cdc.gov.

May 2012