Welcome to Hands-on Health
newsletter published by Health Wave, Inc.
Throughout the school year Hands-on Health addresses important health issues facing young people. 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 link to download the newsletter in pdf format.
This newsletter showcases the major findings of the Monitoring The Future survey. Now in its 42nd year, the MTF survey tracks smoking, drinking and illicit drug use among the nation's secondary school students.
The proper use for antibiotics and how misuse can lead to antibiotic resistance, a growing worldwide public health concern is the featured topic in this newsletter. Test your knowledge with the antiboitic quiz and reprint it for students.
Antibiotic newsletter (186 KB)
This newsletter discusses why maintaining a healthy body weight over a lifetime is a simple equation of input and output. Learn how to find that equilibrium.
Healthy Weight newsletter (275 KB)
Teens and the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is the issue addressed in this important newsletter. 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?
Prescription Drugs newsletter (309 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 thisnewsletter to learn the latest findings from sleep studies and tips to getting a good night's sleep.
Sleep newsletter (439 KB)
This 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.
Depression newsletter (299 KB)
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.