MMS Develops Health Information Sheets for Middle Schoolers

The MMS Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine last month launched a series of information sheets for students in grades 5 through 8.

Topics cover issues such as the dangers of energy drinks; the importance of bicycle helmets; concussion awareness and education; spice, bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and other drugs, including prescription medications; under-age drinking; hydration during sports and exercise; nutrition and proper diet; the risks of tobacco and other nicotine products; and “heads up” spinal cord injury prevention information for football and hockey players.

Some of the topics on the one-page information sheets are directed toward the students, while other issues include advice for parents and caregivers.

The first issue, emailed to principals, school nurses, and health teachers in middle schools throughout the Commonwealth, focused on preventing and addressing bullying.

For more information, or to receive an electronic copy, visit www.massmed.org/studenthealth or contact the MMS Department of Public Health and Education at dph@mms.org or (781) 434-7373.

—Candace Savage
MMS Public Health Outreach

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