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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.

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 September 2014 newsletter (267 KB)

May's Newsletter. The FDA proposes to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The proposed rule will be available for public comment for 75 days and FDA encourages the public to submit comments, data, research, or other information related to the proposed rule. Learn the facts in May's newsletter and use the information at the end of the newsletter to voice your opinion by adding comments to the public record.

May 2014 newsletter May 2014 newsletter (131 KB)

April's Newsletter. Getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis may be more important than you think. Find out what the latest sleep studies tell us about this important aspect of our lives.

March 2014 newsletter March 2014 newsletter (586 KB)

March is Nutrition Month. As such, this month's newsletter reviews chapter 3 of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This chapter focuses on foods and food components that are consumed in excessive amounts and may increase the risk of certain chronic diseases. Learn what they are to become a smarter consumer and take charge of your health.

March 2014 newsletter March 2014 newsletter (586 KB)

February's newsletter presents an overview of "The Health Consequences of Smoking–50 Years Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General". The report highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses opportunities that can potentially end the smoking epidemic in the United States.

February 2014 newsletter February 2014 newsletter (228 KB)

January's newsletter showcases the major findings of the Monitoring The Future survey. Now in its 39th year, the MTF survey tracks smoking, drinking and illicit drug use among the nation's secondary school students.

January 2014 newsletter January 2014 newsletter (270 KB)

Antibiotic resistance is a growing public health concern worldwide. December's newsletter focuses on this growing threat and the roles patients and health care professionals play to combat antibiotic resistance.

December 2013 newsletter December 2013 newsletter (222 KB)

November newsletter We have received an influx of requests for information on bullying. In light of that fact we have taken this opportunity to repost two earlier newsletters from 2012. Bullying and Cyberbullying

October 2012 newsletter October 2012 newsletter (917 KB)

April 2012 newsletter April 2012 newsletter (211 KB)

Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990. Although many types of prescription drugs are abused, there is currently a growing, deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, most notably opioid pain relievers, such as Vicodin or OxyContin. October's newsletter focuses on the latest trends and information from the CDC and NIH.

October 2013 newsletter October 2013 newsletter (253 KB)

As September is Fruits and Vegetables Month, this month's newsletter focuses on fruits and vegetables as recommended through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

September 2013 newsletter September 2013 newsletter (379 KB)


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