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!

Digital Detox

The Wellness Center is sponsoring a Digital Detox during Spring Break. Technology has progressed society forward to a world that is safer, more advanced, and more entertaining. Pew research in 2018 found that 45% of teenagers say they are online 'almost constantly.' While teens find positive contributions social media plays in their lives, like improving social connections and increased communication with family and friends, there are significant negative effects. An increase in anxiety, depression, cyberbullying, and decreased self-confidence are just some of the negative ways social media impacts teens. Wellness Center staff are encouraging students to take a break! Sign up to participate in our Digital Detox, for even one day, and get a prize from the Wellness Center. To participate, students should sign up here. There are 4 ways students can participate:

  • 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

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