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The PTA is committed to building healthy schools, healthy families, and healthy communities.

Below are some valuable resources we’d like to share. 

 

LISD Resources:
LISD Counseling Services
LISD Family Support Services
LISD's Alcohol Drug Awareness and Prevention Resources
LISD's SHAC (School Health Advisory Committee)

Healthy Eating & Wellness:
ChooseMyPlate.gov - US Department of Agriculture site on nutrition resources and online tools
ItsTimeTexas.org - helping Texans lead healthier lives and build healthier communities
Parents for Healthy Schools - CDC site for parents and school nutrition, physical activities and creating a healthy Youth Physical Activity Guidelines
Go Noodle - site that utilizes movement and mindfulness to help kids concentrate better at school and at home
Let's Move - archive of programs and quick tips for parents to get moving with their kids
Choosy Kids - time-tested and effective information on how to get your picky eaters to expand their palette
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) - reliable source for parents who have children with food allergies
Involving Middle School Students in Smarter Lunchroom Design

Adolescent Depression & Anxiety:

The Headspace app to help teach meditation and mindfulness
John's Hopkins ADAP (Adolescent Depression Awareness Program)
Youth Suicides Chart 2007 vs. 2016 from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Mental Health Texas - Website that provides information, resources, and direction to Texas residents who may have mental health-related needs or who want to support someone who does.
Mental Health America (MHA) – Founded in 1909, MHA is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - The NIMH website has information on various mental health disorders, as well as where to go for help.

Sleep Resources:
Sleep and Teens
Insufficient Sleep in Adolescents and Young Adults - American Academy of Pediatrics articles on causes and consequences
Adolescents and Sleep - summary of what researchers know about teenagers' need for sleep and why asleep affects memory and learning
Bedtime Calculator

Stress Relief and Mental Health Boosts: 
Calm - iPhone's App of the Year. A health and fitness app that provides soundtracks and guides for meditation, including routines to help you sleep.
Best Meditation Apps of 2018 - Healthline.com rounded up the best apps for meditation on iPhone and Android.
Shine - Daily Self Care positive messaging app for iPhones. Shine makes self-care easy. Get a boost in the morning, break in the afternoon, or wind down at bedtime—this app is here to help you do you, 24/7.

Healthy Parenting Tips:
Speeches by Josh Shipp, founder of One Caring Adult
One Caring Adult
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen to You

 

Bullying:
Stomp Out Bullying - a wonderful website/non-profit on a mission to end hate, racism and discrimination.
 
Videos to Help Kids Understand Each Other:
I Have This Thing Called Autism - a boy's eloquent message to his fourth-grade classmates
A Boy Describes What It Feels like to be Bullied
 

The Web and Social Media:
What Parents Need to Know about Teens, Drugs and the Dark Web - explains how teens are finding ways via the dark web to access and purchase drugs
What is Dark Web and How to Insure Your Kids Against It - know the difference between the Deep Web and the Dark Web and what is accessible on each
Parents: You follow your kid on Instagram, but do you know about Finsta? - an overview of Finsta, a new online platform to create your own PR campaign and profile
Teens are Outsmarting Parents Faking it with Finsta
Not Just Snapchat: 6 More Dangerous Apps Parents Need to Know About
The Bark Monitoring Tool - How to monitor your kids' social media without snooping.

 
Sex, Relationships & Porn:
The Sex Talk Is Not Enough - how parents can teach teens about healthy relationships
Fight the New Drug: A non-profit, non-religious or politically affiliated organization dedicated to raising awareness about the harmful effects of pornography on the brain, relationships and society in general.
What Teenagers are Learning from Online Porn - NY Times article about how online porn is shaping the views of adolescents around intimacy and relationships

Substance Abuse and Addiction:
"I Can't Stop": Schools Struggle with Vaping Explosion 
Presentation - Communication: The Key to Keeping Your Kids Drug Free
5 Things to Know about E-Cigarettes for Marijuana
Teenagers Embrace JUUL - an e-cigarette that can vanish into a closed fist
Are Your Kids JUULING in School? - what looks like a flash drive plugged into a USB port may not be. Find out how kids are accessing these to vape marijuana.
What is JUUL? - this is produced by the manufacturers of JUUL and shows how they are trying to sell this device
Eye-Opening Video and Article on Teen Juuling and Nicotine Addiction
SPECT images of brains that show the effects of drug and alcohol abuse
Images of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Operation Prevention Virtual Field Trip - The Science Behind Opioid Addiction Virtual Field Trip explores the science of addiction to help middle and high school students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain and body
DEA exhibit in Cedar Park about Drugs

Where to go for help:
Drugfree.org - A wealth of information, tool, and opportunities to help prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults.
Find Treatment - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) online searchable directory of alcohol and drug abuse programs located around the country.
Get Smart About Drugs - This DEA website offers information for parents, including how to prevent and identify drug use and where to go for help.
National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center - maintains a comprehensive database of the leading drug and alcohol treatment centers both internationally and in the United States for every level of treatment option from affordable to luxury.
Consumer Affairs - Offers reviews of Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers
 
For more information:
College Drinking - This NIAAA website aims to prevent college drinking by offering information and materials about college drinking for parents, students, college presidents, and high school administrators.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - This website contains research-based information about drugs, drug abuse, and addiction. The site also offers downloadable publications that are free of charge.
Drug Rehab - A substance abuse guide for parents.
Faces of Meth - A project of the Multnomah County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office to educate young people about the consequences of using methamphetamines. WARNING - graphic images.
Just Think Twice - This DEA website offers information for teens and parents, including drug facts, false information about drugs, consequences of drug use, and a place where teens can have their questions about drugs answered by other teens.
National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA) for Teens - This NIDA interactive website is geared specifically for teens, with age-appropriate facts on drugs. This website also provides parents and teachers with activities to help educate children about drugs.
The Cool Spot - This NIAAA website specifically designed for young teens includes quizzes and other interactive screens that provide information on alcohol and resisting peer pressure. 
 
General Teen Resources:
 
The Teen Brain - 6 Things to Know
Take Charge of Your Health - a guide for teenagers