Health Information Links for Students 

 

In the spring of 2006, the Health Center Student Advisory Committee reviewed and recommended informative Web sites which address various health topics of interest to teens. These sites are meant to give you the opportunity to explore health topics and information on your own. However, if there is an issue that you are really worried about, you are strongly encouraged to talk to a trusted adult (e.g. parent, guidance counselor, school nurse, advisor). 

 

Please contact rebecca_reynolds@maranacook.org if you have difficulty with any of these links.

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

 

Helps teens, families, and friends deal with the effects of living with problem drinking of a relative or friend.

 

Provides easy to understand information on drugs and substance use and abuse. Get the facts from this site provided by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

 

This site provides information about the tobacco industry, describes efforts by teens across Maine to resist tobacco, and offers tips for quitting.

 

Teens suggest tips for successfully quitting, importance of exercise to help with quitting and possible weight gain, and achieving overall good health.

 

SEXUALITY 

 

This site teaches visitors about reproductive health and sexuality. There is a ‘frequently asked questions’ section and links to useful information such as HIV, dating and other sexually transmitted diseases.

 

This educational resource, published by the American Social Health Association, answers your questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted infections. 

 

This site includes a link just for teens and provides information about teen sexuality and teen pregnancy.

 

This site includes information, resources and support for parents, friends and families of lesbian and gay youth. 

 

Out of Rutgers University, this site covers topics gathered from conferences from all over the world. The site also includes a glossary.

 

Sponsored by Planned Parenthood of America, this site has information about sexuality and other health topics. There are quizzes, diagrams, polls and much more – interactive and informative.

 

GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading National education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students.

DATE RAPE / VIOLENCE 

 

This onprofit organization is dedicated to serving the special needs of women, children, and men who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Site includes a toll-free, confidential hotline, details about their services, general information about abuse, and helpful links to other resources. 

 

The Web site of the Sexual Assault and Crisis Support Center provides a toll-free hotline and lots of information and resources on the subject.

 

NUTRITION / EATING DISORDERS

 

This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has information about the U.S. dietary guidelines with interactive ways to track your nutrition and activity.

 

This is a clearinghouse for up-to-date information about eating disorders including treatment and advocacy.

 

INTERNET SAFETY

 

Internet safety tips by age. 
Help Delete Online Predators
Frequently asked questions about online child sexual exploitation, answered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 

Netsmartz Workshop is an interactive, eductional resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for children, teens, parents, educators, and law enforecement that uses 3-D activities to teach kids how to be safer on the Internet.

 

GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TEENS

 

This site covers frequently asked questions that may be embarrassing to bring up to someone else. The site is very engaging and really lots of fun. “Alice!” is Columbia University’s Health Promotion program. 

 

 

Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, this site has a link for youth and encourages people to identify, discuss, and seek help for mental health problems; and create a more accepting environment for all people to do so.

 

This is a great site for getting questions answered about health related topics. Also includes a section “for teens by teens” which includes tips from teens on a variety of topics. The site is maintained by the Atlantic Community Health Department and the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital in New Jersey. 

 

Learn about many health topics and living with different diseases and conditions. Basic safety tips on various topics are covered including biking, tanning, travel and water.

 

A web site for teen guys and young men with state of the art health information including health & development, healthy sexuality, nutrition and fitness, and emotional health.