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Health Education Sites

The following list of websites can be used to enhance your curriculum; however, CASHE is not responsible for their website content.  These websites are provided as a teacher resource.


Remember: No breathing…NO drinking of anything…NO eating anything…NO sitting on school desks…NO sharing combs…& absolutely NO kissing…


You will start hearing: “HEY TEACH” (as Bel Kaufman coined), “What is this EEbowla stuff?” or “NO me first, what is the thing that EATS your face off” or My aunt said something about bird coughing, no, whooping cough” or “Don’t eat chicken or you will get CZARS.”

OK TEACH: Be prepared for the kids coming back with a zillion questions about diseases this summer because of the EBOLA outbreak that is going on right now. SCROLL DOWN SOME FOR INFORMATION ON ZIKA FROM THE CDC – THE KIDS WILL BE ASKING!!!

Get informed, learn the facts?

The best SAFE source for any disease is at In the the case of Ebola (Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) go to:     FOR MERS  AND WEST NILE DISEASE UPDATES GO TO CDC.GOV AND SEARCH MERS OR WEST NILE AND READ BELOW:  IF YOU NEED LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEALTH DATA (FOR WEST NILE AND WHOOPING COUGH AND OTHERS, go to  This site is similar to the CDC site but is all LOCAL Los Angeles County info.


YRBSS 2015 and 2017 –  Looking valid DATA to support health teaching then the site has the latest YRBSS data and it is powerful. BUT a little tricky but worth it: go to; search YRBSS results; scroll to 2015 High School Results; scroll to Youth Online Results and you will find so much data. One can look up the major schools districts in California that have data such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. OR you can look up the state results and national results. AND you can even do comparisons such as LAUSD compared to California. This is all weighted data by the way. Not sure why we can’t just put the link directly to it but we tried and it won’t take so go via IT IS WORTH IT. play around on or have a student play around on it. VERY SOON RESULTS WILL BE POSTED FOR THE 2017 YRBSS!! All at the same site!!!


2017 National Health Information Calendar – This calendar has all of the nationally recognized health related days. Such as: World Aids Day, Great American Smokeout and even National Foot Health Week. Hit HERE


Hepatitis A

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and damage. Inflammation is swelling that occurs when tissues of the body become injured or infected. Inflammation can damage organs.

Viruses invade normal cells in your body. Many viruses cause infections that can be spread from person to person. The hepatitis A virus typically spreads through contact with food or water that has been contaminated by an infected person’s stool.

Hepatitis A is an acute or short-term infection, which means people usually get better without treatment after a few weeks. Hepatitis A does not lead to long-term complications, such as cirrhosis, because the infection only lasts a short time.

You can take steps to protect yourself from hepatitis A, including getting the hepatitis A vaccine. If you have hepatitis A, you can take steps to prevent spreading hepatitis A to others.

How common is hepatitis A?

In the United States, hepatitis A has become relatively uncommon. Since the hepatitis A vaccine became available in 1995, the rate of hepatitis A infections has declined by 95 percent in the United States. Researchers estimate that about 2,500 cases of hepatitis A occurred in the United States in 2014.1

Hepatitis A is more common in developing countries where sanitation is poor and access to clean water is limited. Hepatitis A is more common in parts of Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe than it is in the United States.

Who is more likely to get hepatitis A?

People more likely to get hepatitis A are those who

  • travel to developing countries
  • have sex with an infected person
  • are men who have sex with men
  • use illegal drugs, including drugs that are not injected
  • live with or care for someone who has hepatitis A

Wow this is great – where did you find this timely information?  It’s from aka the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


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Zika Virus Disease Q & A

What is Zika Virus disease (Zika)?

Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

What are the symptoms of Zika?

About one in five people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

How is Zika transmitted?

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. We do not know how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth.

Who is at risk of being infected?

Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found who has not already been infected with Zika virus is at risk for infection, including pregnant women.

What countries have Zika?

Specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. Please visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site

( for the most updated information.

What can people do to prevent becoming infected with Zika?

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito

bites. Here’s how:

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. All EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

Always follow the product label instructions.

Reapply insect repellent every few hours.

Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.

If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.

If you have a baby or child:

Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.

Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or

Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.

Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.

Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.

Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.

Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.

If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.

Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

What is the treatment for Zika?

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There is no vaccine or specific medicine to treat Zika virus infections.

Treat the symptoms:

Get plenty of rest.

Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.

Take medicines such as acetaminophen or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain.

Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

How is Zika diagnosed?

See your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes). If you have recently traveled, tell your healthcare provider.

Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viral diseases like dengue or chikungunya.

What should I do if I have Zika?

Treat the symptoms:

Get plenty of rest

Drink fluids to prevent dehydration

Take medicines such as acetaminophen or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain

Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Protect others [PDF – 1 page]: During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to another mosquitothrough mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people. To help prevent others from getting sick, avoid mosquito bites during the first week of illness.

See your healthcare provider if you are pregnant and develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes within 2 weeks after traveling to a country where Zika virus cases have been reported. Be sure to tell your health care provider where you traveled.

Is there a vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika?

No. There is no vaccine to prevent infection or medicine to treat Zika.

Does Zika virus infection in pregnant women cause birth defects?

There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly (a condition in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. Knowledge of the link between Zika and these outcomes is evolving, but until more is known, CDC recommends special precautions for the following groups:

Women who are pregnant (in any trimester):

Consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites ( bites) during your trip.

Women who are trying to become pregnant: Before you travel, talk to your doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection.

Strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites ( during your trip.

For more questions and answers on Zika and pregnancy, see Questions and Answers: Zika and Pregnancy.

Does Zika virus infection cause Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)?

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder where a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes, paralysis.

These symptoms can last a few weeks or several months. While most people fully recover from GBS, some people have permanent damage and in rare cases, people have died.

Is this a new virus?

No. Outbreaks of Zika previously have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika virus likely will continue to spread to new areas. In

May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil.

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How many travel-associated cases have been diagnosed in the United States?

CDC continues to work with states to monitor the United States for mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika. To date, local transmission of Zika virus has not been

identified in the continental United States. Limited local transmission may occur in the mainland United States but it’s unlikely that we will see widespreadtransmission of Zika in the mainland United States. Because of the seriousness of Zika to pregnant women and in response to the largest reported Zika outbreak, CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists have worked together to confirm that Zika is now a notifiable condition in the United States.

Should we be concerned about Zika in the United States?

The U.S. mainland does have Aedes species mosquitoes that can become infected with and spread Zika virus. U.S. travelers who visit a country where Zika is found could become infected if bitten by a mosquito.

With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika virus disease cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase. These imported cases may result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States. CDC has been monitoring these epidemics and is prepared to address cases imported into the

United States and cases transmitted locally.


 Speaking of – the CDC site has information on just about everything a health teacher could use (ok – zip on pay raises). So we posted a link on ebola above but now everyone is hearing about e-cigarettes. Just go to, go to search and hit e-cigaretttes or cancer or HIV or YRBSS or pay raises for health teachers!


  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come out with a great new program to fight smoking by teens – THE REAL COST. They have some great print materials AND some super PSA type spots on their site and also on YouTube. THIS is realllllllly great stuff! You will have no problem coming up with teaching ideas. Now for an FDA similar site for marijuana and heroin.
  • – is a teens-only website where teens can come to learn about issues that matter to them. The site is fully manager by hosts who make sure that the content and discussions are appropriate. T2X.ME is YOUR place to connect with other teens around what matters to you. Talk about the things you care about, share your thoughts and find ways to take action to help yourself and your community. You want to know how to take care of yourself, from the little things to the big. Your body, your health, your life are yours and yours alone, and this site is a guide for making the most of what you’ve got.
  • CDC – School Health Education Resources (SHER) – This site is full of health teaching lesson plans and ideas on all sorts of health related topics.
  • Healthy Youth – Student Health and Academic Achievement A great report from the CDC linking student health and academic achievement. Useful information for accreditation reports and importance of health education. LATEST YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY (YRBS) FOUND HERE.
  • California HealthyKids Resource Center has all sorts of materials that teachers can borrow (check your local district policie s regarding use). Be sure to request “Buzz in a Bottle” (#8357-10) to review.
  • HealthyPeople 2020 has come out with a new sectio n on Adolescent Health. Useful information for accreditation reports and importance of health education
  • It’s ALL ONE Curriculum from the Population Council has lots of ideas health teachers might consider incorporating into their curriculum AFTER checking with you local district policies.
  • is another great source of health lessons K-12. There is a license fee, so do the school-wide license and save money.
  • Health Ed Lesson Plans Health Education Teaching Techniques from the American Association for Health Education. Many well planned lessons.
  • PHIL (Public Health Image Library) The CDC has a great resource for you in PHIL. You will find lots of FREE images that pertain to health that YOU can use with your classroom teaching. Save them on YOUR site as “my pictures” or something clever.
  • WHAT ONE HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH TEACHER DOES… I currently teach four health education classes, primarily to freshman, a leadership course (SPIRIT) and one course at Pierce Community College.On the site students and parents/families can find high school daily agendas including homework information (especially helpful for absent students and parents/families who want to make sure homework is being done), how to contact me (email is my preferred method of communication), information on our service learning requirement including places students can volunteer, book lists (fiction and non-fiction), links to additional health information, my wish list (for the classroom and more), and tips for how parents/families can best help their struggling student.The site is completely free to me (weebly) and users do not have to register.  Students are not required to use the website for any reason.  And there is a disclaimer on the homepage.  My student TA, Alex Sandoval, completely designed the website for me and updated it daily.Please email me with any questions or comments :)
  • CASHE member Dr. Beverly Bradly has written a great article discussion the realtionahip of health education and student academic achievment which can be accessed at
  • The Friends of Project 10, website has lots of answers that may come up in class pertaining to GLTBQ issues. Gail Rolf (CASHE co-founder) says they will be posting information about recent court rulings. They have an entire section of resources for educations (teachers, administrators, etc.).
  • Lambda Legal has quite a legal resource site featuring state by state status for individual states. There are four categories they report on: laws about bullying; laws about parenting; laws about work place; and laws about relationships such as Prop 8.
  • National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD): National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic. Click here to learn more.