Inspiring PSAs to Show in Health Class

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A huge part of what we teach in health class is advocacy, and one of the most effective ways to advocate is through PSAs, or public service announcements. I’ve been having my students make them since back in the days of the handheld VHS cam and, needless to say, the quality has definitely improved over

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Teaching Kids to Challenge Gender Stereotypes

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Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors. … Over the last year or so, there’s been a large amount of attention in the media on gender stereotypes and how they can be limiting for all of us, especially children. So what exactly are gender

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Beauty standards around the world…

From Buzzfeed comes this cool new video about beauty standards and photoshop. It was sent to me by one of my former 8th graders (and during her summer vacation too!). Gotta love that advocacy in action.

Let’s talk about body image…

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Not sure when this whole “thigh gap” thing got started, but it’s upsetting when a trend encourages girls to try and alter their basic shape… to fit into a mold that’s just not genetically possible for most. Unrealistic ideals can lead to anxiety, serious body image issues, eating disorders, unhealthy coping skills, and just an

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