The Well Viking
A Glimpse into Wellness at Palo Alto High School
In This Issue
Paly's Wellness Center
The Wellness Center at Paly provides a safe and supportive environment where students can discuss a variety of topics in a confidential and nonjudgmental space. The center is staffed with professionals who are dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and educational outcomes of all students. Through both on-campus programming and community-based partnerships, students receive coordinated health education, assessment, counseling, and other support services to maximize student engagement and success. We are located in the Tower Building across from the Main Office. Be sure to stop by and say hello! If you would like to send us much needed snacks & tea, please check out our Amazon Wish List! Thanks!
We've had over 7000 visits to the Wellness Center so far this year!
- No phone and social media use after 7pm
- Take several 15-minute breaks with no phone and social media use
- Full day with no phone and social media use
- Half day with no phone and social media use
What does College "Prep" Mean?
Our wonderful College & Career Counselor, Sandra Cernobori, shared this quote with staff from a recent article in the Atlantic in regards to the recent college admissions news.
"Instead of focusing on a college 'search' to find the schools that will best fit a student, too many families are focusing on college 'prep,' molding the student to fit a school. This practice tells teenagers they aren’t good enough unless they get a certain acceptance letter, a harmful message that lingers long after the application process. And for what? Students aren’t automatically happier at selective schools."
The Nurse's Corner
E-Cigarettes and Teenagers
As the FDA recently shared a proposal for how it aims to curb E-cigarette use among teens, we would like to share ideas for how parents can talk to their students about vaping.
Know the Facts
- Get credible information about e-cigarettes and youth at E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov
Be Patient and Ready to Listen
- Avoid criticism and encourage an open dialogue
- Remember your goal is to have a conversation, not to deliver a lecture
- It's OK for your conversation to take place over time, in bits and pieces (try doing it in the car, it's less threatening!)
Set a Positive Example by Being Tobacco-Free
- If you are using tobacco, its never too late to quit. For free help, visit smokefree.gov