Welcome to Hands-on Health
a monthly newsletter published by Health Wave, Inc.
Each month throughout the school year Hands-on Health addresses a topic from the Monthly Calendar of National Health Observances. It provides current information and events related to the topic, along with a reproducible page of facts, questions and/or myths. This format makes the newsletter available to teachers, faculty, and administrators, as well as family and loved ones. Our goal is to motivate the entire school community and family members to value and promote personal health and well-being. Previous newsletters are available for your convenience, just click on the appropriate month to download the newsletter in pdf format. If you would like to receive Hands-On Health directly, click on the Sign up bar in the upper right corner.
May's newsletter addresses the issue of teens and the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It is surprisingly easy for teens to gain access to prescription drugs. More than half of the nonmedical users of pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives aged 12 or older got the prescription drugs they most recently used "from a friend or relative for free.” What do Educators Need to Know?
May 2015 newsletter (327 KB)
Sleep was long considered just a uniform block of time when you are not awake. It is now known that sleep has distinct stages that cycle throughout the night. How well rested you are and how well you function depend not just on your total sleep time but on how much of the various stages of sleep you get each night. Chronic lack of sleep does more than leave us tired. Read April's newsletter to learn the latest findings from sleep studies and tips to getting a good night's sleep.
April 2015 newsletter (452 KB)
March's newsletter explores depression and how it can affect high school students. Sadly suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths and young adults aged 10-24 years in the United States. Explore the common questions compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health about depression and educate yourself on the common myths about depression and suicide.
March 2015 newsletter (314 KB)
February's newsletter is titled Physical Activity and Your Heart. Learn how choosing the right activities can help you keep active and the myths that might keep you from meeting your goals.
February 2015 newsletter (205 KB)
January's newsletter showcases the major findings of the Monitoring The Future survey. Now in its 40th year, the MTF survey tracks smoking, drinking and illicit drug use among the nation's secondary school students.
January 2015 newsletter (346 KB)
November's newsletter highlights influenza prevention. Acquaint yourself with the facts about "flu season" and how to distinguish a cold from the flu. Check out the simple preventive actions you can take and learn the latest CDC recommendations for vaccinations.
November 2014 newsletter (370 KB)
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Among school aged children, bullying is defined as the unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Learn the CDC guidelines for defining bullying; risk factors and effects of bullying; and methods for dealing with and preventing bullying.
October 2014 newsletter (920 KB)
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood obesity has increased significantly in recent years. Many factors, including genetics, environment, metabolism, lifestyle, and eating habits, are believed to play a role in the development of obesity; however, less than 10% are associated with hormonal or genetic causes. How did we get here?
September 2014 newsletter (267 KB)