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States Address Concerns about Concussions in Youth Sports PDF - While good statistics are hard to come by, the Centers for Disease Control estimates there are at least 1.7 million incidents of traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually — about 75 percent of which are concussions. ECS reviewed legislation in the 50 states to see how state leaders are responding to concerns about concussions in youth sports. (Carol Kreck, Education Commission of the States, March 2014)...

States Pass Diverse Slate of Mental Health Legislation in 2013 PDF - This report provides summaries of 17 bills from 13 states that illustrate the diversity of mental health-related legislation passed in 2013 legislative sessions. In addition, it highlights other ECS resources related to mental health and suicide prevention. (Jennifer Thomsen, ECS, February 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Curriculum--Sex Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Curriculum--Physical Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health--Child Abuse - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health--Nutrition - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health--Teen Pregnancy - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health--School Based Clinics or School Nurses - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Guidance: Responding to the H1N1 Flu PDF - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created a framework to assist schools and districts in developing and/or improving plans to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. Following the framework are examples of action that state policy leaders can take to assist schools and districts. (Molly Ryan, Education Commission of the States, May 2009)...

School Graduation Requirements: P.E./Health - This database provides 50-state information on high school graduation requirements in physical education and health. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

State Policies Related to Student Health and Nutrition MS Word PDF - Student health and nutrition have become significant issues in education policy deliberations. Many state politicians and education officials have begun discussions around solutions of this decline in health of school-age youth. The consensus: set school standards for physical activity. This ECS StateNote describes the types of activities and legislation states have put in place around nutrition and physical activity. (Jon-Michael Hanna, ECS, May 2005)...

The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA - This report provides a current picture of physical education in the American education system. The 2012 survey finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2010 Shape of the Nation Report. Thirty-eight states, 74.5%, mandate physical education in elementary, middle/high, and high school, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions, waivers, and/or substitutions. (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Nov 2012)...

Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse - This is a summary of state and U.S. territorial laws pertaining to parental substance abuse, including prenatal exposure and exposure of children to illegal drug activity. (Child Welfare Information Gateway, July 2012)...

School Health Profiles 2010: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools - The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices in states, large urban school districts, territories, and tribal governments. Profiles surveys are conducted every 2 years by education and health agencies among middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers. Profiles monitors the status of: school health education requirements and content, physical education requirements, school health policies related to HIV infection/AIDS, tobacco-use prevention, and nutrition, asthma management activities, and family and community involvement in school health programs. (CDC, November 2011)...

Legislative Brief: Coordinated School Health - Tennessee’s Coordinated School Health initiative began in 2000 with a pilot study in 11 LEAs. In 2006, the General Assembly established an annual appropriation of $15 million dollars to expand the initiative to all 95 counties. This legislative brief outlines the Coordinated School Health model, traces the growth of such initiatives in Tennessee, and reviews performance outcomes for the past 10 years. (OREA, September 2011)...

State Mandated School Eye Exam and Vision Screening Laws - A state-by-state listing for school eye exams requirements and vision screening laws. (Prevent Blindness America, 2008)...


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