This section was created just for teens. Hands on Health-SC staff teamed up with Healthcare Pathway Program students from North Charleston High School.
The students helped choose and evaluate Web sites for inclusion in this section. They based their selections upon the following criteria:
The North Charleston High School students hope you find these sites helpful.
- Anabolic Steroids
(National Institute on Drug Abuse. NIDA)
- What are steroids, what are they used for and what are the dangers? Learn the facts about steroid use. This site is designed for teens, but includes important information for parents and teachers as well.
- Are You A Working Teen?
(National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
- This webpage gives tips to working teenagers on how to stay safe on the job.
(Hands on Health South Carolina)
- Careers/ Occupational Outlook Handbook
(U.S.Department of Labor)
- The U.S. Department of Labor has made this extremely informative handbook available online. This is the same book that your local SC Employment Security Commission uses. It is very thorough â€“ for each job listed, it describes the nature of the work, working conditions training and education required, possible incomes, and related work.
- This national not-for-profit youth organization believes young people have the power to make a difference and offers support and inspiration to young people who want to do something. There is information about how to choose a cause and work for it, as well as a database that can help you find community service opportunities in your area. The Website lists several topics, such as animal welfare,disaster response and relief, discrimination, international human rights, and violence and bullying (includes dating abuse). There is educational information about each topic and suggested ways to help.
- DrowsyDriving.Org: Resources for the Prevention of Drowsy Driving
(The National Sleep Foundation)
- This siteâ€™s purpose is to decrease accidents due to driver fatigue. It provides facts and statistics, signs of fatigue, identifies high-risk groups, and offers tips to avoid becoming a drowsy driver.
- Drugs and Health Blog
(National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA))
- This blog talks to you about the effects of drugs on your body and mind. A section is provided for students and teachers needing information for school work.
- Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
- Here you will find resources to help high school students learn more about healthcare professions.
- It's My Life. Friends. Bullies
- Read informative articles on bullying and other topics, share your stories, play games and activities, take quizzes and polls, watch video clips of other kids talking about their feelings and experiences and get advice from older kids and experts,
- Leaders Encouraging Activity & Nutrition
(California Project LEAN)
- California Project Lean encourages teens to eat sensibly and to exercise. This site is managed by the Public Health Institute and funded by the California Endowment. In addition to nutrition information, recipes, and exercise tips, there is information on how TV and the media influence your eating habits. There is a section on how to get your school to change their policies and practices so it is easier to be healthy at school.
- Office of Adolescent Health
(U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
- Covers a wide range of adolescent health issues, including physical, mental and reproductive health, substance abuse and healthy relationships. Includes a section for parents.
- Operation Respect
- This nonprofit organization focuses on assuring that each child goes to school in a environment where they are free of bullying, ridicule and violence. There are sections for kids, parents and educators.
- This is a site about Internet Safety. It is a project of The Online Safety Project, which is operated by Lawrence J. Magid. He is a writer for the Los Angeles Times. Several well known companies help pay for the site. Here teens can find advice on using the Internet, how to know when they are not safe, and what to do.
- Smokefree Teen
(National Cancer Institute)
- Are you a teen smoker who is thinking about quitting? This site has helpful tips and information to help you understand how the decisions you make fit into your life. You can also sign up for SmokefreeTXT, a free text message service that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips for teens trying to quit smoking.
(Health Resources and Services Administration)
- Provides information from various government agencies (including the Department of Education and the Department of Justice) on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. Has a section for teens, parents, kids and educators. Also has "Stop Bullying Now" webisodes. Also available in Spanish.
- Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)
- Learn about bullying, gangs, date violence, terrorism, and what you can do.
- Take Charge of Your Health: A Teenager's Guide to Better Health
- This site gives advice on weight management through nutrition, portion control and exercise. There is information about eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, as well as over-eating. It also helps teens understand how their family and lifestyle may influence their weight. Links to other sites about healthy eating are included.
- Teen's Page
- This page is designed for teens and covers all aspects of teen health. Read about bullying, sports health, getting along with teachers, food and fitness, and more. Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Topics include General/Overviews, Nutrition, Coping, Specific Conditions/Aspects, Organizations, Women, and more. Select espanol from the menu bar for Spanish links.
- Teens Health
- Teens Health is a site sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, whose mission is to improve the health of youth. A medical review board reviews all material. There are sections on staying healthy, safety, emotions, diseases and conditions. There are also sections on school and jobs.
- The Lean Team
(Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston County School District and South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)
- The goal of this program is to prevent and treat childhood obesity. The site offers tips to lose weight healthfully, provides information about nutrition and exercise. A toolbox contains worksheets, charts, and a 1200 calorie diet based on the US Department of Agriculture's food pyramid. If you live in the Charleston area, there are activities you can join. If you don't, start your own activities!
- The SDA Kids Corner
(American Cleaning Institute )
- This section of the SDA's Web site is devoted entirely to children. There are several useful and colorful handouts in PDF format on hand washing. There are also articles about germs, the history and chemistry of soap, and the environmental issues of soap and detergents. Some are written for grade school age children and others are written for older kids. School teachers and administrators can click on Healthy School, Healthy People: It's a SNAP to learn how to start a hand washing program at school.
- This heavily interactive website for and by youth offers information on the tobacco industry manipulation of youth and demoralizes the tobacco industry. Also be sure to find the back issues links to see previous campaigns.