Free, Contactless, Maskless, Personalized Professional Development

With in-person conferences canceled, travel restricted, and gathering in large crowds still uncomfortable, our options for professional development have dwindled. Despite organizations trying their best to provide online conferences (shout out to my favorite people @SHAPE_America and their #SHAPEVirtual conference), and with one eye on planning for next school year already, you might be finding …

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Micro Blog Month

Last year 50 educators and authors joined in with the inaugural #microblog event here on slowchathealth.com and it was a huge success, lasting just over a week and featuring voices from across the globe. Sharing bite-sized blog posts of up to 500 words, there were experienced bloggers, first-time writers, authors, teachers, and some students eager …

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How to Empower Students with Mindful Nutrition at Home

Good habits start early, and there's perhaps no better habit to cultivate than by incorporating proper nutrition and healthy eating into your diet. It's well proven that poor or insufficient nutrition as a child can lead to serious diseases later on in life. The University of Michigan lists out a few of these illnesses, including …

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How can we #stopSTIgma? Changing the conversation around sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

To those who work hard to de-stigmatize sex education, to normalize sexual behavior, to promote pleasure, make lessons inclusive, and have the confidence to do all of that while injecting in some humor - you are my heroes. If you are one of those educators, or striving to become one, I present to you, Ina …

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Starting a Purposeful Practice of EDI

ALL teachers must strive to best serve their students. ALL students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political views, immigration status, ability, socioeconomic status, and other identities or characteristics. Every individual in our teaching space brings with them a unique set of strengths, experiences, and backgrounds that should be acknowledged and harnessed …

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Easy Tips for Teachers & Students to Reduce Digital Eye Strain

The recent C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health 2020 survey of child health concerns asked a national sample of parents to rate the top health concerns for US children and teens aged 0-18 years. While the survey revealed much about the differences in concerns across racial and ethnic groups, the most significant …

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Golden Egg

Will your team be the first to unlock the golden egg? One of many interesting questions you may overhear from our health classroom. Teaching skills based health  has many opportunities for collaboration and communication. Connecting students to functional knowledge, content and skills remains a challenge during this unique time. At the moment my 7th grade health …

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CATCH

I am delighted that this week's blog post comes from CATCH, who have been promoting healthier lifestyles kids and communities through innovative initiatives and trainings for over 25 years. You might know them from their awesome CATCH My Breath JUUL & E-Cigarette Prevention Program, but their most recent initiatives highlight how they have responded to …

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No Shame

Education is not permission! Don’t you want your children to be autonomous, sexually fulfilled adults? Don’t you want your children to have successful and loving intimate relationships? Helping them to do so means being sex-positive. The phrase “sex-positive” in association with parenting is sometimes misunderstood as taking a permissive or “anything goes” approach to sexuality. …

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International Pronouns Day

International Pronouns Day occurs on the third Wednesday of October each year, and in 2020 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020. #Slowchathealth is proud to endorse International Pronouns Day and encourages you to acknowledge and discuss the importance of personal pronouns with your students, co-workers and peers. International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, …

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