Video games can benefit your health…

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Good news! In this month’s online journal of Pediatrics, a study was released about the benefits of moderate video gaming for the mental and emotional health of kids. Turns out, kids who play up to an hour a day are more likely to be happier and more empathetic. there is a tipping point, however, and gaming for more than that can have the opposite effect, making kids unhappier and more likely to act out.

Again- like with so many other things that effect our health- the key here is balance. Kids should get the chance to take a break from their every day stressors and play… but with some agreed upon guidelines set in place.

Mental health in the classroom…

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Screen shot from TeenMentalHealth.org With the latest research telling us that the number of young people aged 15-16 with depression has nearly doubled over the last twenty years, it’s more important than ever for us to be addressing it in our health classes. But as we do, we need to make sure we’re armed with the correct information and

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Meditation for the middle school set…

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Last year, after learning about the powerful impact meditation was having on middle school students in San Francisco, we decided to give it a try in our Health classes. Since we don’t have the time to implement the full Quiet Time program, we started with a modified version, doing five minutes at the beginning of each

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The bright side of stress…

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  “When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage.” – Dr. Kelly McGonigal  We’ve learned, over the last ten years or so, that with many of our content areas in Health – nutrition, physical activity, bullying, drug prevention –  focusing on the positive was the way to

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In defense of Health education…

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In today’s Education Week Blog, there was a great post on the importance of social and emotional education in schools. Namely, the disconnect between how important most teachers think it is, and how little of it we’re actually doing. Here’s a more comprehensive look at the need for Health education. If you look at what

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