2017-2018 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 2017-2018 school year.

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.

January 2018

Supporting male survivors of sexual violence
This feature outlines the issues facing male survivors of sexual assault and abuse, in the context of societal gender norms and expectations, and how to support them. The piece addresses the common disbelief surrounding the fact that males can be victimized in this way, assumptions about their sexuality, and other barriers that men and boys face to reporting and recovering from sexual assault.

Online dating
Young adults participate in online/mobile app dating more than any other adult age group, according to a 2016 study from the Pew Research Center. Though specific data on teen use of dating apps is limited, it’s likely that they’ll be joining the ranks of online daters soon—if they haven’t already. Research shows that teens use social media and online platforms to connect with current and prospective partners, and this may be affecting how their interpersonal skills develop. In this feature, we examine the role online platforms play in teens’ romantic lives. Expert researchers and psychologists provide advice on how teens can learn to make authentic connections both in person and online, how to stay safe in an online dating/social media environment, and how to use these platforms in a positive way.

This photo feature outlines twelve simple solutions students can implement in their bedrooms to make them more conducive to healthy sleep.

Mental health
Mental health conditions will affect almost all of us at some point in our lives, according to research. About one in five adults in the US are living with a mental illness, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many of these issues first surface in the teen and young adult years. In addition to the emergence of mental health conditions, adolescence and young adulthood introduce a variety of new stressors, from relationship concerns to substance use to increased independence. This feature will focus on the benefits of psychotherapy through tips, FAQs, and little-known facts provided by therapists, psychologists, and counselors. In normalizing help-seeking behaviors, it will reinforce the idea that therapy is a useful tool to support mental health and well-being, regardless of circumstances.

Mindfulness series: Intro to meditation
Mindfulness is a hot topic, and the evidence backs it up—it’s been proven to reduce stress, promote calm, and increase focus. In recent surveys, we asked our students to chime in with their most pressing mindfulness questions. Common questions include how to create a mindfulness habit, what the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction are, and how to make time for it in a busy schedule. In this column, our mindfulness expert takes on these and other questions to help students understand why a mindfulness practice can be beneficial and to provide actionable tips for how they can make it part of their routine.

February 2018

Active rest
It’s easy for students to get the impression that more is better when it comes to exercise. The media’s focus on high-intensity interval training and Olympic-style weightlifting sends the message that students should be exercising as hard as they can. But doing so can lead to overuse injuries, physiological changes, burnout, and a stall in strength or endurance gains. This article will discuss the topic of active rest as an integral part of students’ fitness routines, including defining what active rest is, why it’s essential for physical and mental progress, and how to incorporate enough rest into a workout regimen. Through concrete strategies, such as foam rolling, stretching, and light cardio, this piece will encourage students to build a well-rounded routine that will lower injury risk and maintain motivation for staying active.

Networking is often cited as the most effective way to get your foot in the door at the job you want. In fact, a 2016 survey from LinkedIn found that 85 percent of jobs come from knowing the right people, not applying blindly through job boards. However, networking can feel inauthentic, especially if you’re new at it. This piece will explore not only why networking is essential but also how to do it in a way that forges genuine connections and builds real relationships while expanding career opportunities. Through evidence-based strategies on relationship building and conversational skills, this article will give students the motivation, information, and tips they need to network in a meaningful way.

With the increasing legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use, talking about it with students can get tricky. Marijuana use rates among teens and young adults have slightly increased or remained level in recent years, according to 2016 data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Monitoring the Future Survey. However, students’ perception of marijuana’s risk has declined, which is associated with higher rates of use. This infographic is intended to inform students about the research-based physiological effects of marijuana on various parts of the body. The information is presented in a neutral tone to encourage students to make their own informed assessments about risk, and to avoid shutting out those who may already be using.

Failure and resilience
Many students have a stressful relationship with setbacks and failure, and become averse to taking risks, including trying new courses and activities. Increasingly, though, failure is being recognized as vital for building resilience and contributing to long-term success. This feature explores the implications of failure and ways to be positively shaped by it, using examples situated in the student experience.

Mindfulness series: Counting breaths
In this feature, our mindfulness expert introduces the meditation technique of counting breaths to help students settle into a state of calm and keep their attention in the present moment.

March 2018

Test prep
The question most frequently asked of our academic expert is how to retain and recall information—especially at exam time. This feature provides unexpected evidence-based solutions, including specific study habits, memory games, and lifestyle practices.

Financial literacy – understanding credit
Financial literacy, or the ability to understand and manage one’s financial resources to secure financial well-being, is a vital skill for teens and young adults. In fact, research has shown that low financial literacy correlates to lower income levels. Although a number of high schools and higher education institutions are beginning to offer financial literacy education for students, it’s clear that many students are entering adulthood without adequate knowledge of how to manage their personal finances. Understanding credit and its implications for future life goals is an important piece of financial literacy. This piece breaks down what credit is, how it works, why it matters, and how to begin building a solid credit score.

Social support
Researchers have found that social support is closely linked to life satisfaction as well as emotional and physical well-being, and is protective against anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Recent studies show that, as a whole, we’re feeling increasingly isolated, which could be detrimental to our health. In this feature, a young man shares his story of how an unlikely stranger helped him through the difficult transition between high school and college, and how it inspired him to help others reach out for support. This feature also outlines the benefits of social support and provides tips on facilitating and strengthening social support networks.

Many students, especially the scientists and pragmatists, may not see themselves as the creative type. But we are all wired to create, and we can approach any situation in life with a creative spirit. This feature explores how we benefit from creativity and outlines 10 tips for nourishing the creative side of ourselves.

Mindfulness series: Dealing with impatience
In this feature, our mindfulness expert addresses how to deal with one of the most common thoughts during a meditation practice: “How much longer will this take?”

April 2018

Sleep is valuable for health, wellbeing, and performance, and is a pleasurable experience. Relishing the pleasure of sleep can help us prioritize it. If sleep has become a source of worry or going to bed seems like a chore, this piece inspires students to get back into the zzzzzzone.

Our food environment has a significant affect on how we eat, according to research. While we can’t always control the food environment in our neighborhood, school, or community, we do have some control over it at home. This photographic feature demonstrates research-backed ways to set up our kitchens, pantries, and refrigerators for nutritional success.

This piece will take a closer look at caffeine, explore how it works in the body and brain, and provide tips for lowering consumption and evidence-based alternatives for staying awake and alert throughout the day. It will also discuss how students’ beliefs about caffeine (e.g., effects on wakefulness, energy levels, performance) affect their performance and corresponding caffeine consumption.

This feature presents eight science-backed routes to happiness: What works and what doesn’t. Here, we look at the evidence on the happiness-inducing (or diminishing) properties of money, fame, work, relationships, physical activity, challenges, social media, and seizing the moment.

Mindfulness series: Floating noting
In this feature, our mindfulness expert demonstrates a mindfulness technique called “floating noting” that can be used when the mind is too busy to focus on a specific anchor, such as the breath. This technique can be especially helpful during anxious or stressful moments.

May 2018

Healthy relationships
This feature outlines what relationship abuse can look like and eight ways to support a friend who may be experiencing it.

Study space
Our workspace can influence how productive we are. This photo-based feature shows students how to set up their workspace in ways that support their focus, learning, efficiency, and comfort.

This feature guides students on key interview skills, such as how to answer interview questions and how to present past job experience in a way that is attractive to employers.

Trustworthy health websites
There is a lot of information online, but not all of it is accurate. This feature teaches students how to tell whether a health website is trustworthy or not and provides a number of reliable sites where students can find accurate, evidence-based health information.

Mindfulness series: Screen break meditation
Most of us spend more time than we’d like with our eyes glued to our screens. In this feature, our mindfulness expert explains a mindfulness technique that can be used to help students tap into the present moment and cope with that urge to pick up our phone/tablet/laptop.

June 2018

Body image
Research shows that many adolescents, both male and female, report feeling dissatisfied with their bodies. Researchers have also found that appreciating how our body works and what it does for us can help us feel better about it. This piece outlines several ways for students to feel better about their bodies.

Credit scores
This follow up to our March piece on financial literacy provides students with six key tips for building their credit score.

Many students rush out the door in the morning and may not have time to eat a nutritious breakfast. This piece provides easy, nutrient-packed recipes students can make when they’re short on time.

This image-based piece presents various contraceptive options along with information about their effectiveness rates, where to get them, and pros and cons.

Mindfulness series: Getting started with mindfulness
In this feature, our mindfulness expert explains an easy “game” that will help students start incorporating mindfulness into their daily life. This practice can be done anytime, anywhere, and will help bring students into the present moment.