Health & Wellness Newsletter – Starting the New Year Mindfully
January 24, 2023
Welcome to the first installment of our bi-monthly Health & Wellness newsletter for 2023!
The new year is a perfect time to reflect on all of the great things that happened the year prior, as well as contemplate on all of the things you wish to explore and how you wish to grow in the coming year. A great way to embark on this reflection is through mindfulness. Mindfulness refers to maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Mindfulness exists in many ways, whether that is journaling, reading a book, going on a walk, enjoying your favorite meal, lifting weights, or even doing something you’ve always wanted to try, but never had the chance to. It is all about being present in the moment and taking in all of the sensations around you.
As we jump head first into 2023, think about how you can start being more mindful in order to prioritize your mental, physical, and emotional health. The resources below can be used as a starting point:
Engaging, Safe, and Evidence-Based: What Science Tells Us Adolescents Need When Online
National Scientific Council on Adolescence’s new report looks at research on youth development and technology use to offer specific suggestions to ensure that digital tech used by middle-school-aged youth.
Explore specific suggestions for ways digital tech used by early adolescents can:
- Support healthy development and wellbeing
- Keep young users safe
- Incorporate and advance the best available research
- Provide access to positive learning to all young adolescents
Navigating SEL From the Inside Out: Looking Inside & Across 18 Leading SEL Programs
The Wallace Foundation’s new guide Navigating SEL From the Inside Out—Middle & High School Focus offers detailed information on 18 evidence-based programs for older youth, including the specific social and emotional skills the programs help develop and the instructional methods they use.
The guide also describes factors to consider in rolling out SEL programs for adolescents, including the varying developmental needs of middle school and high school students.
Webinar on 2023 CA County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being
Tuesday, January 31, 2023; 10:00 AM PST
Join Children Now for a webinar about how you can use the 2023 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being to support kids in your community!
The webinar will provide an overview of the findings in the Scorecard; trends in children’s health, early childhood, education, and child welfare; as well as opportunities for local and state advocates to work together to build power, amplify community voices, and improve children’s outcomes.
2023 School Health Conference: Advocating for Student Healing & Health
Monday, April 17 - Tuesday, April 18, 2023; Sacramento, CA
The California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) is hosting the 2023 California School Health Conference: Advocating for Student Healing & Health, at the Holiday Inn Downtown Sacramento on April 17-18, 2023.
Learn, grow, and connect with fellow providers, educators, advocates, and other leaders in the school-based health care movement across the state.
Preventing Burnout: How to Prioritize Mental Health & Wellness
On December 6, 2022, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond hosted a webinar with California Surgeon General Dr. Diana E. Ramos, along with panelists specializing in school-based employee wellness about the importance of prioritizing mental health and wellness for educators and school personnel.
The event provided strategies and practices that district and site leadership can use to prioritize staff wellness and combat burnout and attrition. Panelists shared the work they are doing to improve employee wellness and the ways they are funding it.
CACFP Week-at-a-Glance Webinar
Tuesday, February 14, 2023; 11:00 AM PST
Save the date for CACFP Week (March 12-18, 2023)!
Want to know how you can celebrate? Register for CACFP’s CACFP Week-at-a Glance Webinar. Discover how you can celebrate and raise awareness within your network during this week-long campaign. Explore all the free resources they have at cacfpweek.org.
2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Findings
SAMHSA has released the results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which shows how people living in America reported about their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021.
Whole-Community Disaster Behavioral Health
Disasters affect all community members, regardless of cultural background or experiences therefore, successful disaster response is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach. SAMHSA has compiled resources that highlight the importance of cultural awareness and competence in disaster response. Equitable disaster behavioral health services and response are vital to collective healing during and after a disaster event.
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