The comprehensive school health services is one of the eight components in the Coordinated School Health Program model. These services are provided to students to promote and ensure quality health by:
These school health services would be provided by qualified professionals such as nurses, physicians, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel.
On May 18, 2000, at the Kentucky Diabetes Network meeting, I was proud to announce the creation of a taskforce to address type 2 diabetes in youth.
As the honorary chair of the Kentucky Diabetes Network, I decided to form the statewide taskforce after learning about the recent increase in type 2 diabetes in American's youth. As a medical doctor, I was aware that type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed in adults over age 45. However, I was dismayed to learn that recent data suggests that type 2 diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in youth. Obesity, which is linked to type 2 diabetes is also increasing in youth. In the last twenty years, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the United States. If the current trend continues, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 75% of children will be obese by the year 2020.
We must address the issue of childhood obesity now. As a public servant, I am afforded the unique ability to advocate for change and make a difference in people's lives. It is my goal that the taskforce will gather data to determine the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Kentucky and will work towards reducing the risk. Specifically, I hope to accomplish this goal by developing a plan of action to promote and improve nutrition and physical activity in our children.
To adequately study and address type 2 diabetes, I asked experts in the following areas to serve on the Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Taskforce:
The taskforce consists of four (4) subcommittees that are addressing the following specific areas: public awareness/education; physical fitness; nutrition; and legislative.
I am excited about working together with concerned citizens in the Commonwealth to eradicate obesity in youth and prevent type 2 diabetes from becoming more prevalent in our children. I urge you to support the efforts of the Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Taskforce.
For more information, contact Tonya Chang, Health Policy Analyst for Lt. Governor Henry at (502) 564-2611, ext. 391 or visit the Lt. Governor's web site at www.ltgov.state.ky.us.
EPA's Indoor Environments Division and the Bureau of Primary Health Care's Center for School-Based Health are partnering to develop and implement a pilot project on school-based asthma environmental education and management. The project will be disseminated at five regional Clinical Asthma Institutes between January and March 2002. Each regional meeting will provide two days of intensive clinical training for SBHC clinical staff.
More than 1,000 people, representing 512 school-based health centers serving half a million children and adolescents, are expected to attend. The objective of these Institutes is to provide School-Based Health Centers with environmental education on asthma triggers, and to provide the centers with environmental components to improve asthma management and care.
Questions regarding EPA's participation in the Asthma Institute may be directed to Sheila Brown at , or by calling (202) 564-9439. When inquiring, please indicate that it relates to the School-Based Health Center - Asthma Institute on voicemails, and on the subject line for e-mails.
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