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American Medical Association and National PTA Media Briefing: Back to School: Child and Adolescent Health


News Advisory:

As America’s children head back to classrooms this fall, they face a number of significant challenges. Increasing obesity rates, germs in schools, body image crises and bullying peers threaten the development and well-being of kids and teens. Come learn about these and other issues affecting parents and students -- and the solutions, from pharmacotherapy to family therapy to immunization against infectious diseases.

WHERE: Scholastic, 557 Broadway, New York (between Prince and Spring Streets)

DIAL-IN: Media who cannot attend in person can register and listen to the press conference via a toll-free number: 800-967-7188. The password to enter the call is: 1864424. Electronic versions of the presentations will be available during the briefing and for a limited time afterward at

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

MORE INFO: American Medical Association Media Relations, 312-464-2410 or

Briefing Topics:

-- Breaking News from the journal Pediatrics: How do childhood obesity and the timing of puberty affect our weight as adults?

-- Breaking News from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The past 10 years of research show that family therapy can help children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.

-- Body Dysmorphic Disorder: For some adolescents, body image problems go beyond low self-esteem, causing psychological and physical harm.

-- Healthy Lifestyles at Home and School: Parent involvement contributes to a healthier home and learning environment for children.

-- Immunization Update: New vaccines, including those for sexually transmitted infections, are designed to protect children and teens.

-- Germs in Our Schools: How can we keep our kids healthy in their learning environment? Plus: Results of a new teacher survey about classroom hygiene.

-- Bullying: With parents’ help, children can break the cycle of violence.

NOTE: This is a media briefing of the American Medical Association co-hosted by the National PTA with support from Scholastic Inc. and The Clorox Company.


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