Fall 2017 Editorial Calendar

We’re glad that you are among the schools that have chosen to improve the health and wellness of students through the distribution of Student Health 101. The purpose of this document is to share the Editorial Calendar for the Fall 2017 semester.

September 2017

Sleep debt
This feature will introduce the concept of sleep debt, provide evidence-based strategies for getting out of it, and suggest prevention techniques to keep it from coming back and to improve sleep hygiene.

These three evidence-based productivity systems will help students set themselves up for a productive year from start to finish.

Five 5-ingredient mug meals
This photo feature outlines five simple recipes students can make in their microwaves using healthy, low-cost ingredients, with the goal of reducing financial barriers, time constraints, and confusion when prepping food.

Friendships are important to our health and well-being. In fact, research shows that people with strong social relationships live longer and are healthier. Friends also offer students crucial social support during times of transition. Whether students are starting the year at a brand-new school or returning to familiar faces, understanding the science-backed ways to make and solidify new friendships is key.

Mindfulness series: Intro to meditation
In this feature, our mindfulness expert Jon Krop provides a simple how-to video to break down the ancient art of mediation.

October 2017

In today’s competitive academic environment, many students struggle with perfectionist tendencies and over-thinking. This piece will introduce common signs of perfectionism, touch on its corresponding effects on academic behavior and emotional health, and provide strategies and coping techniques for dealing with perfectionism in an academic setting.

This bystander guide will provide students with the tips and information they need to help a friend who’s been drinking too much. Additionally, this piece will reinforce previous bystander intervention coverage by reminding students that stepping in and watching out for friends is something they already do.

This feature outlines the principles of eating intuitively or mindfully: How to eat what you need and enjoy what you eat, separating our nutritional experience from negative emotions associated with body weight and self-image. This piece summarizes the research suggesting what we can expect (and not expect) from an intuitive or mindful eating approach.

Public speaking
This feature outlines strategies for handling anxiety related to public speaking and performances (stage fright), including cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches.

Mindfulness series: Energizing morning meditation
Our mindfulness expert guides students in a five-minute morning meditation and shares strategies for energizing and motivating oneself.

November 2017

This feature, based on two recent Stanford experiments, introduces students to the concept of metacognition as it applies to study methods. It will provide students with strategies for thinking critically about their study habits, including outlining performance goals, creating a study map based on the most useful resources, and identifying the most effective approach for any given task.

Physical activity
This feature breaks down the science behind four popular workouts: running, yoga, weight lifting, and high intensity interval training. Students and experts tell us what they like and don’t like about each workout, and tips are provided for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks.

Time management is a major learning curve for students. This infographic succinctly presents five key ways to get more done. It outlines how to set priorities, build positive habits, find a distraction-free work environment, and adjust motivation and mood.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers have become the most commonly used smoking products among young people, according to the CDC. Public health officials continue to debate the relative risks and benefits of these products. While emerging research suggests that e-cigarette and vaping products are likely much less harmful than traditional cigarettes, we still don’t know whether these products may lead to an increase in smoking rates among nonsmokers, or whether they are an effective tool to be used in tobacco cessation. This piece outlines some of the interesting facts that we know so far about vaping and e-cigarette use and encourages a harm reduction approach to those who are already using.

Mindfulness series: Meditation for test anxiety
Our mindfulness expert guides students in mindfulness practices for reducing test anxiety.

December 2017

Sexual assault prevention: Positive online communities
This feature will provide students with actionable strategies for building positive online communities—those that don’t tolerate casual disrespect or disregard, which is protective against sexual harassment and assault. By reinforcing the idea that positive community building goes beyond physical space, this piece will encourage students to continue setting high standards for their interactions and will provide concrete examples of how to communicate these standards, respond to those who aren’t meeting them, and react if things escalate.

This feature will take a closer look at the available research behind popular diet trends and will encourage students to find sustainable ways to make healthy tweaks to their daily nutrition.

This feature will teach students about simple money-management strategies and will cover how to set up their finances for long-term success.

Vaccines (flu prevention)
This piece will inform students about vaccine-preventable illnesses and will provide information on obtaining the flu-shot.

Mindfulness series: How to use mindfulness to calm down in the heat of the moment
This feature will provide mindful strategies for calming down during stressful encounters, particularly those that may come up during the holidays or when surrounded by family.