Facts on File: Health Reference Center: Clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. You'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started if you're logging on at home.
1-800-273-TALK (8255): Suicide Hotline - If you are in a crisis or having thoughts about suicide, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), for help. Includes a list of Warning Signs For Suicide UPDATED LINK! (Department of Health & Human Services). For facts and statistics on suicide, see Suicide Facts (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453): Child Abuse Hotline - If you think you or someone you know may be a victim of child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453, for help. Click on the link for more info (non-profit organization).
Acne - Describes the causes and treatments for acne, with links to related information (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). See also Skin, Hair & Nails for Kids and Skin Conditions for information on other skin diseases, conditions & procedures, including Piercings and Tattoos. (American Academy of Dermatology)
Am I in A Healthy Relationship? - Explains the basics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. For teens (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). See also Healthy Relationships (Center for Young Women's Health, Children's Hospital of Boston).
Are Alcohol & Drugs Affecting Your Life? - Take this quiz to find out if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs. For teens (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence). See also Kids & Alcohol explains what alcoholism is, what causes it, why drinking is bad for you, and what to do if someone you know has a drinking problem. Middle school and up (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). Cool Spot INTERACTIVE offers advice, quizzes, animations, and other activities to help kids 11-13 years old resist peer pressure and learn to say no to alcohol (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). Too Smart To Start offers additional resources on alcohol abuse and prevention for teens and 'tweens (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). If your parents have a drug or alcohol problem, see It Feels So Bad [Link opens a PDF] (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Coping with an Alcoholic Parent (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media), and Parents with Addictions NEW! (SafeTeens.org, Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc.; a private non-profit health and human services organization). For information on drugs and drug abuse, see Drug Abuse links, below.
Bandaids & Blackboards - A site for and about kids with chronic medical conditions, and for their friends, families, teachers, and others. Includes art, poems, stories, guided meditations, links, and more. Divided into separate sections for kids, teens, and adults. Some pages are not updated often, so expect some broken links (By Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N. Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY). See also Ethnic / Multicultural Links: Disabilities.
Body and Mind INTERACTIVE - Quizzes, games, tips, and tools to help you deal with stress and stay fit & healthy. For kids 9-13 years old (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). It's My Life VIDEO INTERACTIVE has articles, advice, celebrity interviews, games, quizzes, and other activities to help you deal with friends, family, school, money, your body, and your emotions; for kids kids 9-12 years old (PBS Kids). Teens, see Mental Health Resources for Teens, below.
Body Image - Useful tips to help you worry less about what you look like and what other people think of how you look; for elementary & middle school students (Children, Youth and Women's Health Service of South Australia). See also 10 Resolutions to Improve Body Image UPDATED LINK! [Link opens a DOC] (University of Illinois) and Developing and Maintaining Positive Body Image (National Eating Disorders Association); high school and up. See also Price of Happiness & related links, and Eating Disorders, below. For young adult fiction on body image, see Body Image: Confronting Self-Image in YA Fiction (2013, School Library Journal) and Mirror Mirror on the Wall [Link opens a PDF.] (2010, Ocean County Library). To find more novels on the theme of body image, see NoveList: Body Image NEW! [Login required].
Bullying: StopBullying.gov VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Information, animated videos, tips, games, and quizzes explain why kids bully, the signs and effects of bullying, and what you can do if you are being bullied, have seen someone else being bullied, or think you may have bullied others (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See also Kids Against Bullying VIDEO (Pacer Center and U.S. Department of Education). McGruff the Crime Dog INTERACTIVE offers advice for kids on dealing with bullying as well as other issues of community safety, school safety, home safety, and more (National Crime Prevention Council).
Choose My Plate for Kids INTERACTIVE - Nutrition resources for kids, including games, activity sheets, kid-friendly recipes, and physical activity tips (USDA). Older students, see Choose My Plate for Teens.
Conflict: A Guide to Getting Along AUDIO INTERACTIVE - This animated website is designed to help teach kids in grades 2 - 4 how to deal with conflicts with friends, siblings, and other people in their lives. (University of Illinois Extension)
Crying and Tears - Explains what tears are, what makes eyes water, and why we cry, plus 'some interesting stuff about crying'. See also Laughter: It's Good for You. (Children, Youth and Women's Health Service of South Australia)
Cutting - This page explains why people cut (purposely scratching or cutting yourself with a sharp object to make your skin bleed), and how you can help yourself or a friend who is cutting (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media).
Disabilities - See Bandaids & Blackboards, above.
Drug Abuse Research Reports - In-depth reports on abuse of steroids, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and other substances. Also offers a related series of shorter Drug Facts pages (National Institute on Drug Abuse). For additional in-depth information, see Drug Fact Sheets; high school and up (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration). See Facts on Drugs INTERACTIVE (for teens; includes stories, interactive quizzes, and links) and Mind Over Matter (for grades 5-9) to learn how different types of drugs affect your body and brain (National Institute on Drug Abuse). What You Need to Know About Drugs offers basic facts about drugs, why drugs are bad for you, how to tell if someone you know is using drugs, and what you can do to help; middle school and up (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). If your parents have a drug or alcohol problem, see It Feels So Bad and related links, above.
Eating Disorders - Basic terms and information on a variety of eating disorder topics, plus advice for preventing eating disorders and developing a healthy body image. The site also has information on treatment, and information specifically for Men & Boys and other population groups (National Eating Disorders Association). See also Body Image, above, and Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide (by ECRI, a non-profit health research agency).
Environmental Health INTERACTIVE - Links to homework resources and online activities that explain how the environment can affect human health. A few short videos are included. Appropriate grade level (K-12+) is indicated for each resource; some information may be outdated (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences). See also Tox Mystery INTERACTIVE, an interactive lesson about toxic substances commonly found in and around the house; middle school (U.S. National Library of Medicine). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control website offers several useful Environmental Health Infographics on air pollution, developmental disabilities, children's environmental health, lead poisoning, and more.
Food and Nutrition - See Choose My Plate, above.
Girl's Health - Information and advice on the issues girls (ages 10-16) will face as they become young women. Covers emotions & relationships, eating smart and staying fit, and avoiding drugs, alcohol, and smoking. There are also sections on disability & chronic illness, bullying, and safety. Though aimed at girls, there is plenty of useful information here for boys, too (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). Girls aged 12 and up, see also Young Women's Health, below.
Healthy NJ - Links to information for kids and teens on illness and wellness, arranged by topic. Use the left-hand menu to choose a section (Sickness, Teens, or Wellness), then choose a topic. (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)
History of Medicine e-Source UPDATED LINK! - A history of treating disease, from prehistoric times to the present day; middle school and up (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry). Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine INTERACTIVE is a large collection of articles, images, timelines, and other resources on the history of medicine. Use the menu bar to choose Themes & Topics, People, Objects, Techniques & Technologies, or Timeline; for high school and up (Science Museum, London UK). The National Library of Medicine's online exhibitions explore historical topics such as George Washington & Medicine, Shakespeare & the Four Humors, African Americans in Civil War Medicine, Harry Potter's World (Renaissance Science, Magic, & Medicine) and more; middle school and up, but age level varies for individual resources. History of Diseases is a directory of links to web resources on the history of medicine; age level varies, mostly high school and up (2016, Medical Library Association). See also Museum of Disability History and Medical Technology Milestones and related links.
Injury Prevention for Kids - See Safety Center, below.
Kidnetic INTERACTIVE - Games, activities, and recipes to help you learn about 'how your body works, how eating right helps you play better and feel good, and how staying active is lots of fun!' For kids aged 9 - 12. (International Food Information Council Foundation)
Kids' Health - Doctor-approved health information written for kids, with hundreds of in-depth articles and features. Middle school and up (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). See also Child & Youth Health NEW! (Women's and Children's Health Network, South Australia).
Kids with Disabilities - See Ethnic / Multicultural Links: Disabilities.
Let's Move - Five simple steps to help kids get healthy. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services et al.)
Mental Health Resources for Teens - Selected links to up-to-date resources on the mental health concerns of teens (U.S. National Library of Medicine). TeensHealth: Mind has advice that can help you with problems and questions about relationships, body image, families, emotions, and more. You Matter provides quick answers on issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, gender identity, self-harm, sexual assault, and more (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). Teen Central offers advice from professionals for teens dealing with any kind of personal crisis, plus a chance to interact with peers in a safe, anonymous, and professionally-counselled online space. Create a nickname and password to sign in (Kids Peace). Bibliotherapy for Teens offers (at the end of the article) a list of recommended young adult fiction dealing with a variety of mental health issues and disorders (2014, School Library Journal). See also GirlsHealth: Your Feelings and Information For Young People Looking for Help VIDEO (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). If you're writing a school report on mental illness, see Mental Health Information (National Institute of Mental Health).
Mouth Healthy Kids & Mouth Healthy Teens - These pages can help you learn how to take good care of your teeth and have a healthy smile (American Dental Association; site includes advertisements). See also Taking Care of Your Teeth (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media), Dental Health (Children's Hospital Boston), and The Secret Science of Braces NEW! INTERACTIVE (American Chemical Society).
Muscles, Bones, Joints & Skin - 'Your childhood and teen years are a prime time to learn habits that will help you keep your bones, joints, muscles, and skin healthy for years to come. Have fun exploring these pages, and come back often for updates and new features.' (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases [NIAMS])
Noise: Can Loud Music Hurt My Ears? - Cranking up the volume on your iPod or other portable audio player may sound great now - but it may also cause permanent hearing loss. This page explains what kids can do to protect their hearing from long-term damage (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). See also Noisy Planet for 8-12 year olds (National Institutes of Health), Listen Up! [Link opens a PDF] for elementary school students, Say What? [Link opens a PDF] for middle school students (2010, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), How Your Brain Understands What Your Ear Hears INTERACTIVE for grades 7-8 (2003, National Institutes of Health), and Keep Your Ears Safe When Using Headphones and Earbuds (2014, Consumer Reports).
Nutrition - See Choose My Plate, above.
Runaway Switchboard - Information on where to get help in a crisis, plus statistics and links to related resources. To talk to someone who can help, call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or Text 66008. See also Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), which includes a list of Warning Signs For Suicide (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). For facts and statistics on suicide, see About Suicide (Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc.)
Sleep: How Much Do I Need - Explains why teens aren't getting enough sleep, why sleep is important, how to know if you're getting enough, and how to get more. Younger kids, see What Sleep Is and Why All Kids Need It. (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media)
Smoking Stinks! - Explains what cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are, why kids use them, how they can hurt you, and how you can help a friend who is smoking or using smokeless tobacco (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). For more on smoking and tobacco, see Drug Facts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (National Institute on Drug Abuse), Cigarette Smoking & Smokeless Tobacco (Children's Hospital Boston), How Can I Quit Smoking? (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media), SmokeFree Teen (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). See Teens' Health: e-Cigarettes (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media) and Electronic Cigarettes (National Institute on Drug Abuse) for information about how e-Cigarettes work, their health effects, and more.
Sports - See our Kids' Sports and Coaching Webfinder. (South Plainfield Public Library)
Sports Science - Learn about the science behind your favorite sport: Find out how skateboarding is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force; why curveballs curve; the physics of surfing; and much more! (Exploratorium Museum of Science)
Safety Center for Kids VIDEO - Information for younger kids about how to have fun and be safe while camping, swimming, biking, and more. Older kids will also find a variety of safety advice, including safety tips for driving & sports, at Staying Safe for Teens. (Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media)
Teens' Health - Provides doctor-approved information about health, written for teens, with hundreds of in-depth articles and features (Nemours Center for Children's Health Media). See also Mental Health Resources for Teens, above.
Tips for Teens - Free downloadable online pamphlets give you basic facts about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and HIV/AIDS; PDF format. (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information)
Wash Your Hands - 'Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy.' Visit this site for more information. The Buzz on Scuzz is a related page for kids 9-13 years old (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). See also The Scrub Club for kids aged 3 - 8 (NSF International; non-profit organization).
Young Women's Health - Health information for girls and young women ages 12-22; search by keywords, or use the left-hand menu to browse topics. Girls aged 10-16, see also Girl's Health, above. Young Men's Health is a website for teen guys and young men featuring state-of-the-art health information; search by keywords, or use the left-hand menu to browse topics. (Children's Hospital of Boston)