Free Resources Archive

  • June Is Men’s Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. According to Dr. David Gremillion of the Men’s Health Network, “There is a silent health crisis in America. … It’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to make their health a priority: to exercise regularly; to eat healthy; and to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

    free resource button small  June Is Men’s Health MonthThis selection from Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition, provides information on two related topics: Preventing Heart Disease at Any Age and Heart Healthy Eating.

    Comprehensive information about the issues in men’s health, including facts on gender-specific health differences, leading causes of death in men, reproductive and sexual concerns, genetic disorders, mental health concerns, and alcohol and drug abuse is available in Men’s Health Concerns Sourcebook, 5th Edition.

    Posted: June 1, 2019

  • May Is Mental Health Month

    Mental Health Month began in 1949 with a week-long observance and is now recognized each year in May. Mental health issues affect a large segment of society in the United States — adults, young adults, and children. In a given year, approximately one in five adults (43.8 million, or 18.5%) and the same proportion of young adults aged 13 to 18 (one in five, or 21.4%) experience mental illness. And younger children are not immune — for those aged 8 to 15, the estimate is 13%.

    free resource button small  May Is Mental Health MonthThis section from Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Edition, provides some basic facts on three topics: understanding mental health, defining mental illness, and the causes and warning signs of mental illness.

    Comprehensive information about mental wellness and mental illness, along with facts about recognizing and treating mood, anxiety, personality, psychotic, behavioral, impulse control, and addiction disorders, is available in Mental Health Information for Teens, 5th Edition. Complete information about mental health disorders in adults and children is available in the Health Reference Series volume, Mental Health Disorders Sourcebook, 7th Edition.

    Posted: May 1, 2019

  • The Trail of Tears Begins

    During the early 1800s, the United States government conducted a campaign of American Indian removal, moving them from their ancestral lands in the east to territories west of the Mississippi River. One of the most brutal campaigns began on May 26, 1838, when federal troops evicted thousands of Cherokee from their homes and forced them to travel a thousand miles to official reservation land in eastern Oklahoma. They traveled through extreme heat and later bitter cold with little food or water. An estimated 4,000 tribal members died on the journey from disease, exposure, exhaustion, or starvation. The ordeal became known among the Cherokee as “The Trail of Tears” and “The Trail Where They Cried,” and it ranks today as one of the most shameful episodes in American history.

    free resource button small  The Trail of Tears BeginsThis chapter from Defining Moments: American Indian Removal and the Trail to Wounded Knee describes the events leading up to and during the Trail of Tears.

    Additional information about the events before, during, and after American Indian removal, including biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: American Indian Removal and the Trail to Wounded Knee.

    Posted: April 30, 2019

  • Earth Day

    Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 with efforts to encourage both government officials and U.S. citizens to preserve the wilderness and the earth’s natural resources. This year’s campaign by The Earth Day Network, which now coordinates events around the world, is focused on ending plastic pollution. free resource button small  Earth Day

    More information about the customs and traditions associated with Earth Day is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition.

    Posted: April 8, 2019

  • April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

    Each April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage communities to focus on alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects millions of Americans, both directly and indirectly.

    free resource button small  April Is Alcohol Awareness MonthThese sections from Alcoholism Sourcebook provide some basic facts: What Does Alcoholism Look Like; Questions and Answers about Alcoholism; and Researchers Identify Alcoholism Subtypes.

    Comprehensive, updated information about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism is available in Alcoholism Sourcebook, 5th Edition.

    Posted: March 30, 2019

  • March is Women’s History Month

    Women’s History Month, celebrated annually in March, is an opportunity to recognize women’s achievements and contributions to our nation’s history and culture. The origin of the observance can be traced to 1978, when the Sonoma County California Task Force on the Status of Women organized a celebration of Women’s History Week, designed to coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8th), observed worldwide since 1914. Within a few years, many schools and communities were celebrating National Women’s History Week, supported by resolutions from school boards, city councils, governors, and the U.S. Congress. In 1987, Congress passed a law designating the first Women’s History Month. Today, Women’s History Month is the occasion for events and observances across the country to honor the significant achievements of women throughout history.

    free resource button small  March is Women’s History MonthWomen in the United States struggled for more than a century to obtain the right to vote. In 1920, the suffrage movement finally achieved victory with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. A biography of social activist, abolitionist, and women’s suffrage pioneer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is provided in this selection from Defining Moments: Women’s Suffrage.

    Additional information about the events leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, along with biographies of other key figures and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Women’s Suffrage.

    Posted: March 1, 2019

  • February Is American Heart Month

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Families, health professionals, and communities can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. February is American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association. They recommend healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease, or to control and prevent risk factors if you already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

    Watch your weight.
    Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
    Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
    If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
    Get active and eat healthy.

    free resource button small  February Is American Heart MonthThis selection from Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook provides information on two related topics: Preventing Heart Disease at Any Age and Heart Healthy Eating.

    Comprehensive information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the heart and blood vessels is available in Cardiovascular Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Edition.

    Posted: February 4, 2019

  • February Is African American History Month

    African American History Month, celebrated annually in February, is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history and culture. The origin of the observance can be traced to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and his organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the first Negro History Week. In subsequent years, the response to the effort built until 50 years later, in 1976, the first month-long celebration of African American history was held. Today, African American History Month is the occasion for events and observances across the country to honor the achievements of African Americans and to recognize their central role in U.S. history.

    free resource button small  February Is African American History MonthIn addition to African American History Month, there are a host of celebrations around the country that are dedicated to black history and culture. This selection from African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations includes two guides to these events: a calendar of holidays, festivals, and celebrations and an alphabetical listing, with contact information, of organizations that sponsor the events.

    Additional information about African American History Month and many other events that celebrate black history and culture can be found in African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Ed.

    Posted: February 4, 2019

  • January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

    Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States and are a leading cause of infant mortality, illness, and disability. Though diagnosis and treatment of these conditions has improved dramatically, the focus of public health efforts is to reduce the number of birth defects that occur. National Birth Defects Prevention Month is intended to raise awareness about the prevention of birth defects and to educate the public about concrete steps a woman can take before and during pregnancy to increase her chances of having a healthy baby.

    free resource button small  January is National Birth Defects Prevention MonthThis directory of resources, from Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Edition, provides information on organizations that provide information, support, and advocacy for families affected by birth defects.

    Comprehensive information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of birth defects is available in Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Edition.

    Posted: December 31, 2018

  • The Opening of Ellis Island

    The federal immigration station on Ellis Island, a modest spit of land in New York Harbor, a short distance from the Statue of Liberty, was opened on January 1, 1892. In the first thirty-two years after Ellis Island opened its doors, the facility processed about twelve million men, women, and children—about 75 percent of all immigrants who entered the United States during that time. For millions of Americans, Ellis Island became the symbol of the entire immigration experience. Today it is estimated that over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island.

    free resource button small  The Opening of Ellis IslandThis chapter from Defining Moments: The Dream of America—Immigration 1870-1920 discusses events leading up to and following the opening of Ellis Island, and it’s role in the American immigrant experience.

    Additional information about the greatest sustained wave of immigration in U.S. history, plus biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: The Dream of America—Immigration 1870-1920.

    Posted: December 28, 2018