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The Society utilizes advocacy, partnerships, professional development and resources to build the capacity of school health leaders to implement effective health education and physical education policies and practices that support success in school, work and life.

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Topline Message on Children
and Vaccinations

The CDC recommends that children and adolescents age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children and adolescents age 5 and up, as a 2-dose series taken 3 weeks apart. The dose for children age 5-11 is one-third of the dosage of the vaccine for older adolescents and adults.

 Vaccination is the best way to protect children age 5 and older from COVID-19. COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death, and tens of thousands of children and teens have been hospitalized with COVID-19. While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, it is still possible.

 The vaccine is safe and effective. Before being authorized for children, scientists and medical experts completed their review of safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials of thousands of children. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was rigorously tested and reviewed, and over 11 million adolescents ages 12-17 have already safely received the COVID-19 vaccine.

 Visit our Answers to Tough Questions on children and vaccinations for messaging guidance that helps answer questions

AAP, AACAP, CHA Declare National Emergency in Children's Mental Health

AAP, AACAP, CHA declare a national emergency in children's mental health. The AAP, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children's Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children's mental health, citing the serious toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on top of existing challenges.

They are urging policymakers to take action swiftly to address the crisis.

"Young people have endured so much throughout this pandemic and while much of the attention is often placed on its physical health consequences, we cannot overlook the escalating mental health crisis facing our patients," AAP President Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, said in a statement. "Today's declaration is an urgent call to policymakers at all levels of government - we must treat this mental health crisis like the emergency it is." 

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Join Us for the
Health & Physical Literacy Summit 2022

February 13 – 15, 2022
Birmingham, Alabama

The Society is a partner with several organizations engaged in the health and physical literacy conversation and movement. As a part of that discussion, the Society is engaged in a second national Health and Physical Literacy Summit (2020 and 2022). The Summit is a professional development opportunity focusing on the application of the dimensions of health and physical literacy. Whether individuals work in K-12 education, state level agencies, higher education, or a clinical/community setting, the Summit is relevant professional development. Sessions will focus on topical areas that support health and physical literacy including health, physical education, research, physical activity, dance, and sport. Following is a list of professional development sessions specifically organized by the Society. Professionals seeking CHES®/MCHES® credit will have a wealth of opportunity over the multiple days. Come join us for the live discussion and networking.

Learn More About the Event Here

PHCC logo Update on Omicron Variant: As scientists continue to learn more about the Omicron variant, emphasizing the core messages of protection and prevention is the best way to promote public health strategies, combat misinformation, and build trust. 

• The best way to prevent the spread of this new variant or any other variant is to get vaccinated, get a booster if you are eligible, and wear a mask in indoor public settings or in crowded environments.
• Vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19. Being vaccinated decreases the likelihood you will get sick and makes it less likely you will need hospitalization or die if you get infected.
• As we learn more about COVID-19 and its variants, we update our guidance accordingly. Our recommendations are based on the latest data, and we continue to monitor new data.   Read More

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  • Feeling isolated in your work and would like support?
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  • Wanting to be involved with a national organization that provides a network of colleagues working in your field?
  • Want to change kids' lives?

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