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January 2012

Energy Drink Consumption Poses Threat to Youth

Consumption of energy drinks is a fast-rising public health problem.  As consumption of energy drinks continue to climb, so do emergency room visits related to these beverages, according to a recent report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Awareness programs are critical to bust the myths that lure youth to consume these beverages.  Healthcare providers are key in screening children who are more likely to consume high-energy beverages.

Read  more about the dangers of energy drinks to youth.

Tax Returns Give Quick Path to Health Coverage for Kids

As parents complete their 2011 tax returns, they should look for the box on the state tax form that asks whether their child has health insurance. Parents of uninsured children can check this box and get an express application to get health coverage for their children.

Learn more.

Free Dental Care for Kids on February 3

This February, National Children's Dental Health Month,  thousand of advocates are joining forces to provide free dental services to children who do not have access to regular dental care. You can help children in need of dental care.

Learn more...

State Steps Up on School Breakfast!

The New Jersey Departments of Education and Agriculture issued a joint memo urging all school districts to serve breakfast in the classroom and directed them to consider it instructional time.

This will go a long way toward overcoming the barriers that have kept New Jersey near the bottom of the pack nationwide in serving school breakfast to hungry children.


In This Issue

Rise in Energy Drinks Threaten Youth

Tax Returns Help Enroll  Kids in NJ FamilyCare

Free Dental Care for Kids

State Steps Up on School Breakfast

Events Coming Up

February 2012
National Children's Dental Health Month

March 7, 2012
2012 Injury Prevention Conference, "Keep Your Head in the Game 2012" Sponsored by RWJ Universtiy Hospital Trauma Center


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