2016-2017 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 2016-2017 school year.

September 2016

Social anxiety
Most teens experience anxiety in social situations at least occasionally. Some may also experience social anxiety disorder, an extreme fear of being judged by others. At the start of the new school year, nerves surrounding social situations can be particularly high. This article highlights students’ experiences with social anxiety and how they’ve learned to overcome it.

Mastering a plan with Kanban: Your next organizational tool
Students have many competing demands on their time and attention. Kanban is a unique workflow management system that can help students manage their assignments and time more efficiently.

Workout plan
Students say that homework and lack of time are their biggest barriers to being physically active. This article is designed to help students find ways around these common barriers and give them actionable strategies for fitting physical activity into their routine.

Food hacks for an unhealthy world
Understanding how our food environment influences our food choices, outside our conscious control. This article offers tips for eating more mindfully and healthfully in the cafeteria, at home, and at a restaurant.

Mind your mind: Touching a soap bubble with a feather
This article teaches students how to use the labeling technique to catch themselves when they’re spinning off into thoughts and missing out on the present moment. This mindfulness technique will help them savor the excitement, newness, and joy available in back-to-school (or freshman-year) transitions rather than getting lost in anxious thoughts about the past or future.

#HowToCollege: The college prep checklist
This infographic guides students through a checklist of tasks that they can complete each year to make sure they’re on track for applying to college.

October 2016

How to craft your sleep schedule around early school start times. Students stay up late completing homework and wake up early to go to school. This article provides them with tips for making their sleep schedule work with their academic demands.

Nutrition decoded: Answers to your dietary dilemmas
Nutritional advice is tricky to navigate. Food science is incomplete, evolving, sometimes contradictory, and easily misrepresented by people and companies who have something to sell. This article presents the facts to help students demystify common dietary claims.

Tech addiction: Powering down so you can power up
This article provides students with mindful strategies for taking conscious breaks from looking at their screens.

Sexual assault
A sexual assault expert from Yale University explains what sexual assault is, why it’s important, and what we can do about it.

Mind your mind
How not to shut down in the face of stress and the prospect of all of the work you have to do. This article provides unique mindfulness techniques for dealing with stress and procrastination.

This article will discuss how to research and determine which schools to apply to and will encourage students to look into early decision and early action schools.

November 2016

How to remember the stuff you forget. This article includes mind tricks for remembering information when studying.

Best friends for never? “How I handled my frenemy”
Research shows that positive relationships are good for our emotional and physical health, but that unsupportive friendships can keep us in a state of tension and stress. This piece will feature students’ stories about how they dealt with unhealthy friendships.

Peers are one of the biggest influences on teen drinking, according to research. This article offers creative and effective ways to say “no” to alcohol as well as how to hear and accept “no” when someone else declines a drink.

Contraceptives (Schools can opt out of this piece if desired)
Everything you need to know about common contraceptives (e.g., condoms, pill, LARC, nuva ring, patch). This piece will present each contraceptive and explain the benefits and drawbacks based on what you students are looking for (e.g., pregnancy protection, STI prevention, lighter periods).

Tips on writing your college essay.

How to give yourself a mindful minute during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

December 2016

What does depression look like for students? This piece will look at what depression is and isn’t and will provide tips on seeking help for yourself or a friend.

Sleep: Take a nap or push on through?
If you’re doing it right, napping provides plenty of benefits. But to avoid grogginess and other side effects, you need to be strategic about it. This flowchart helps students figure out whether a nap will work for or against them.

How to eat mindfully during the holidays.

Health media/health literacy
How to find reliable medical sources when searching the internet for health information.

The number of ways college differs from high school and how students can use their high school skills to succeed.

Mindful tips for dealing with family stress

January 2017

Healthy relationships
This article explains how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy relationship, whether it’s your own or a friend’s, and what you can do about it.

Making your workspace work better
This photo-based article presents a science-based guide to setting up your workspace in ways that maximize productivity and comfort.

Quiz: Find your drive to exercise
This quiz helps students find their motivation to get physically active.

Diversity awareness
This feature discusses how to respect and gain more understanding of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. Students share stories of their own experiences with diversity.

#HowToCollege: College freebies
Some students are nervous about taking on responsibility for things like doctor’s appointments, academic needs, counseling, and their physical activity when they get to college. This feature tells them about all of the free/low-cost accommodations that will be available to them in college, and how to access them.

Mind your mind
Mindfulness/stress-reduction content written by our mindfulness expert. Specific angle TBD.

February 2017

A truly balanced meal
What does a balanced meal look like? This visual piece is based on a version of MyPlate that was revamped by researchers at Harvard University. The article explains how much of each food group we should be eating and why.

Infection prevention
This quiz is an unexpected way for students to learn how to reduce their risk of common infections: the flu, cold, norovirus, mono, strep, Athlete’s foot, etc. It covers the flu shot, hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and containing a cough and sneeze.

Social media and body image
Social media use affects our body image, for better and for worse. We look at the research and student’s share their stories and opinions on both sides of the debate.

10 FYIs on STIs (Schools can opt out of this piece if desired)
Everything students need to know about STIs (sexually transmitted infections), including statistics on the most common STIs, testing information, and tips for talking to partners about safe sex practices.

How to decide what to study in college and how to prepare for applying to a specific major. This article also reminds students to keep an open mind and not to worry because they can always change direction later on.

Mind your mind
Mindfulness/stress-reduction content written by our mindfulness expert. Specific angle TBD.

March 2017

Help for the anxious student
Understanding anxiety and what students can do to address it.

Fitness: Your user-friendly guide to strength training at the gym
In this visual feature, our certified trainer has student athletes demonstrate a well-rounded workout routine using common gym and weight room equipment. Focus is put on proper form and technique.

Constructive arguing
Fighting with parents, friends, and siblings causes teens a lot of tension and stress. Learn how to get your point across in a more constructive manner.

Preventing sexual assault
Students learn about bystander intervention and take a quiz to find out what type of bystander they are.

#HowToCollege: FAFSA
This article helps students decode and understand the importance of FAFSA so they can make informed decisions about paying for college.

Mindfulness/stress-reduction content written by our mindfulness expert. Specific angle TBD.

April 2017

Time management
Can’t say no? 8 ways to take back your time. This piece helps students learn how to pay attention to their priorities and desires and gives them tools for saying “no” when needed.

Understanding the biology of binge drinking. This piece intends to help students understand what constitutes binge drinking and what its effects on the brain and body are.

Nutrition: Edible happiness
Healthy foods makes us happier and junk foods make us miserable, research suggests. This photo-based feature highlights the mood benefits of certain fruits and vegetables and how to combine them into a salad.

This piece explores the value of internships for high school students and provides a guide for how to find them.

Scholarships and grants. Students learn how and where they can access information about getting scholarships and grants for college.

Mindfulness/stress-reduction content written by our mindfulness expert. Specific angle TBD.

May 2017

How to be happy: Why your experiences matter most. Research is clear that our experiences make us happier than our things.

Motivation: Is it coming from inside?
Why do the assignment, anyway? The internal locus of control (self-motivation) is vital for resilience and success. This article explores the importance of owning your choices and what that looks like.

Research shows today’s teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. While most teens are not “vaping” with products that contain nicotine, it remains unclear what effect these products may have on the body. This piece presents what we know so far about e-cigarettes and vaping and provides evidence-based resources for smoking cessation.

Why do we need sleep?
After decades of research, scientists still aren’t clear on why humans have a biological need to sleep. However, we know that our brains and bodies perform better after sleeping, and some research suggests that sleep is linked to our immune function. This article reflects on the need for sleep, what happens when we don’t get enough, and offers some solutions to our sleep problem.

How to choose which university or higher ed program to attend.

Mindfulness/stress-reduction content written by our mindfulness expert. Specific angle TBD.

June 2017

4 reasons to prioritize laughter
Humor isn’t just a nice to have, it’s a need to have. Humor makes us happier, healthier, more resilient, and more successful, and improves our relationships. This infographic lays out some of the benefits of humor and encourages students to prioritize laughter.

Understanding the opioid epidemic: How it started, what the effects on society and individuals are, and how to safely handle prescription drugs.

True grit: How to push through and move forward
What is resilience, why does it matter, and how do we get it? This feature is timed to support students through the daunting transition to college or their next academic year.

Intimacy and informed decision-making (Schools can opt out of this piece if desired)
This article includes 7 questions students may want to ask themselves before deciding to be physically intimate with someone.

How to find affordable housing, books, supplies, and everything you need for college. Current college students share their tips.

Mindfulness/stress-reduction content written by our mindfulness expert. Specific angle TBD.