Health Education across Academic Disciplines (HEAAD)
A Tool to Help Students Think Critically about the Risks of Excessive Cell Phone Use
Background and Purpose: Studies have shown that teens who hypertext are at a higher risk to engage in other health risk behaviors including binge drinking, tobacco use, illicit drug use, partaking in physical fights, engaging in risky sexual behavior, and driving distracted. Interventions addressing excessive use of mobile devices have mainly focused on mobile phone use while driving. The aim is to describe the Health Education Across Academic Disciplines (HEAAD) teaching tool and implementation, which may help to educate and raise awareness of the risks associated with excessive cell phone use among adolescents and young adults. Educational Teaching Tool: HEAAD includes introductory activities ranging from identifying risks related to excessive cell phone use to follow-up interactive activities with examples applied across academic disciplines other than health. HEAAD targets students in grades nine through twelve and can be adapted to the college population for freshmen and sophomores enrolled in personal health and wellness classes and/or other health orientation and first year experience classes. Conclusion: HEAAD intends to engage students in practicing decision-making skills related to excessive cell phone use, which may be applicable to their lives. Pilot testing of HEAAD is recommended to determine its effectiveness and potential.