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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Rates of teen substance abuse are on the way down…

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Good news! According to the latest report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, more teens in the U.S. are making the right choices. The survey included over 70,000 people, and in the 12-17 age bracket, there were some noticeable improvements between the years 2002-2013. Some of the

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Healthy lungs vs. a smoker’s lungs

What a great use of Vine. I’m not usually one to go with scare tactics in health class, but when it comes to cigarettes, all bets are off. This six second video loop is much more effective than the old plastic models of a smoker’s lungs that I have in the cupboard. Will definitely be

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E-cigarettes and the FDA…

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With the rates of middle and high school students who have used e-cigarettes doubling between 2011-2012, it’s important that we add this hot button issue into our curriculum right away. E-cigarettes have been all over the news this week, with the FDA stepping up to put some regulations into place. While these new restrictions will finally put

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Positive tobacco prevention…

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From Healthline, Sept. 2013: Teens Respond Better to Positive Information Than Warnings “Want to Keep Kids from Smoking? Tout Positives, Not Negatives… Overall, researchers found that younger study participants were less likely to take the risks of negative information into account. However, positive learning from good news remained constant for people of all ages.” Positive learning

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