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Consumer Health Resources


Genetics Home Reference: Resources for Educators (grades 6-12+)
Classroom activities and guidelines for teachers.

Genetics Home Reference (grades 6-12+)
These games and activities will help you learn about human genetics as you explore Genetics Home Reference.

Harry Potter's World: Lesson Plans and Online Activities (grades 6-12+)
Harry Potter's World presents instructional resources for the educators in middle- and high-schools, and in higher education institutions.

Environmental Health and Chemistry

Tox Town: Science Classroom (Middle School)
Explore Science Classroom to find lesson plans/activities, interactive games, hands on activities, videos, informational websites and more.

Environmental Health Student Portal: For Teachers
The resources found on this page will help to engage your students in active learning. This page contains links to lesson plans from a number of reputable sources.

TOXNET and Beyond Training Class Schedule and Workbook
The workbook corresponds to the one-day class TOXNET and Beyond: Using the National Library of Medicine’s Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

Teen Mental Health

American Psychological Association (APA)
The website contains information on psychology topics. It also contains a practice directory (under Psychology Help Center) for referrals to psychological services.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the general public about mental health and mental illness. The website provides resources regarding mental health and illness, support groups, and treatment centers while the hotline provides 24/7 access to mental health professionals.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is a grassroots mental health advocacy organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by mental illness. Their website offers information on mental health topics, treatments, support groups, and programs.

Fact Sheets

Resources for Educators

Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff
Completely updated and edited by Kelli Ham, of NNLM PSR, this new edition includes new resources, updated links, and new content throughout the publication. Public library staff, consumer health librarians, and others who provide health information services to the public will find this toolkit to be a vital resource.

PubMed Instructional Materials (for Trainers)
Training materials freely available for use by those who train others on PubMed from the National Library of Medicine.

Teen General Health

NIDA: Educator Page
NIDA has a range of age-appropriate curricula and activities designed to help you in this challenging role and support your efforts in the classroom. The lessons and activities promote an understanding of drug abuse and addiction and a curiosity about neuroscience.

NIDA: Drug Abuse and Addiction Easy to Read Drug Facts
An easy-to-read website that talks about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

NIAAA: Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide
“Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide” is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. NIAAA developed the Guide and Pocket Guide in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, a team of underage drinking researchers and clinical specialists, and practicing health care professionals.

Office of Adolescent Health
Locate information on reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse, physical health and nutrition and healthy relationships.

Kids/Teens Health Parent Page
Locate useful information for parents on kids/teens health issues by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.

KidsHealth in the Classroom
KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts and quizzes – all aligned to national health education standards.

Choose My Plate Lessons for Teens (USDA)
Use the 10 Tips Nutrition Series to locate lesson plans by age group including teens.

CDC Adolsecent and School Health
CDC promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults. Locate information on alcohol and other drugs, sexual risk behavior, and more.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
A page with information on distracted driving to raise awareness about the dangers of texting or talking on a cell phone while driving. This may be useful for use with new teen drivers.

NIH-NICHHD: Media Smart Youth: Eat, Think & Be Active!
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health--especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

NIH: We Can Campaign!
A national education program to help prevent overweight and obesity among youth ages 8 to 13, provides resources and community-based programs for parents, caregivers, and youth that focus on behaviors to encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, and reduce sedentary time. The program was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and is conducted in collaboration with the NICHD, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Cancer Institute, and several national private sector organizations.

Teen Sexual Health

SIECUS: Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
SIECUS is an organization that educates and provides information about sexuality and sexual health. Visit their website for information on sexual health topics and policy updates.

Abstinence Clearinghouse
The Abstinence Clearinghouse is an organization that supports and promotes the practice of sexual abstinence. The website provides media coverage, resources, and a blog regarding the practice of abstinence.

Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is an organization that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Visit this webpage for sexual health topics and issues that affect young people. The website also contains resources on sexual education and a parents’ sex education center.

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
ASHA is an organization dedicated to educating individuals, families, and communities about sexual health topics. Visit their website for more information about STDs/STIs.

Statistics Resources

The CDC and other government/reputable agencies compile data on health trends and statistics amongst teens/youth in the U.S. Here are links to some resources to locate additional information. Some of the resources also allow you to create your own statistical data based on a variety of factors such as location, age ranges and more.

Youth Online: High School YRBS
Youth Online lets you analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from 1991 - 2013. Data from high school and middle school surveys are included. You can filter and sort on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site, create customized tables and graphs, and perform statistical tests by site and health topic. Please see Youth Online Help for more information using all Youth Online capabilities.

CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.

CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey Fact Sheets
"The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides data on health-risk behaviors among 9th–12th grade students in the United States, including behaviors that contribute to injuries and violence; alcohol or other drug use; tobacco use; sexual risk behaviors; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. "

CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
"The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults."

School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) from CDC
The School Health Policies and Practices Study* (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

"Each year since 1997, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has published a report on the well-being of children and families. Pending data availability, the Forum updates all 41 indicators annually."

FastStats: Adolescent Health
U.S. data on adolescent health.

Mortality Among Teenagers Aged 12-19 Years: United States, 1999-2006
Locate Key findings on Data from the National Vital Statistics System-Mortality

2012 National Runaway Safeline Call Statistics
The mission of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Locate national and state level information on this informative site.