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August 14, 2015

Body Mass Index Reports Have No Effect on Student Health, Study Says

Notifying parents of a student's body mass index may not be an effective way to address childhood obesity, a new study found.

August 11, 2015

Fact-Checking John Oliver on Sex Education (Spoiler: He Was Accurate)

A segment from HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took on the patchwork of sex education policies in America's schools. Here's a rundown of the facts on teaching about consent, contraceptives, and abstinence.

July 31, 2015

National HIV Strategy Includes Call for Effective Sex Education in Schools

The White House's updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy includes a goal of reducing the number of new diagnoses by at least 25 percent by 2020 in part through sex education.

July 30, 2015

HPV Vaccine Now Required for All 7th-Grade Students in Rhode Island

Seventh-grade students in Rhode Island will be required to get the HPV vaccine to attend public or private schools this fall, the Providence Journal reports.

June 30, 2015

Vaccines: California Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Most Exemptions

California joins West Virginia and Mississippi in eliminating broad philosophical exemptions from state vaccine requirements.

June 12, 2015

Tighter Alcohol Laws Reduce Odds of Underage Drinking, Study Finds

New research underscores the important role that adult alcohol policies and habits play on youth drinking.

April 16, 2015

E-Cigarette Use by Middle, High School Students Tripled Last Year

The finding comes from a nationally representative survey of students, which also found many students use multiple forms of tobacco products.

March 27, 2015

Millennials Favor Sex Education, Though Few Find It Useful, Survey Finds

While 3-in-4 young adults support public school sex education, less than half have found it useful in real life situations.

February 19, 2015

Is Parental Consent for Sex Education Classes An Unnecessary Hurdle?

When it comes to sex education, there's a huge difference between requiring schools to seek parental consent for all students and allowing some parents to opt their students out, advocates say.

February 06, 2015

Efforts to Fight Childhood Obesity Advanced With a $500 Million Pledge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a $500 million commitment over the next decade toward ensuring all children can grow up at a healthy weight.

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