Shorter days affect the mood of millions of Americans. A nutritional neuroscientist offers tips on how to avoid the winter blues.

For those prone to seasonal affective disorder, a shift in the sleep cycle can impact energy levels. Ben Akiba/E+ via Getty Images Lina Begdache, Binghamton University, State University of New York The annual pattern of winter depression and melancholy – better known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD – suggests a strong link between your …

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Three Foodie Books to Read in 2023

Although this site is predominantly for health teachers seeking to share ideas and learn from each other, I occasionally feature blog posts on different topics, with book recommendations being one of them. This review of my favorite health text remains popular, I have featured books from people I know personally, my annual #summerreads posts are fun to share, and of …

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Book of the Month

Each month #slowchathealth highlights a book of the month. Sometimes this will be chosen by myself but usually it will be based upon the recommendations of my PLN. Each month the blog post is updated so that the most recent book of the month is featured BUT you can find ALL of the books in this Amazon list.

Sex Myths

I traditionally start my Sexuality Education unit addressing myths about sex. I do this, even though some of these myths seem unbelievable - does anyone really believe that you can't get pregnant if you have sex standing up? However, in this era of medical misinformation, and influencers seeking views and likes, it's important for teachers …

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A Student Reminded Me That I Had Neglected Relationships Within The Building

Last week, I had a fantastic day at school, and I think it was because I did things that went against my daily routine.  I thought I had such a great morning routine that I had even written a blog post about it. My routine was THAT good.  I typically set an alarm for bedtime. …

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Outdoor education has psychological, cognitive and physical health benefits for children

Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet, Université de Sherbrooke and Felix Berrigan, Université de Sherbrooke There is a growing interest across Canada in outdoor education that is formally integrated into school. This trend has increased since COVID-19, particularly because open-air environments significantly reduced the risks of disease transmission. Outdoor education is an umbrella term that includes many approaches and …

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I Wrote A Letter To The Board

Regular readers of the blog, particularly those who read the #Microblog posts, will know that many health teachers are under attack from community members who have taken issue with elements of our curricula. Often these efforts are well-organized, well funded, and very vocal. Often these efforts are mis-informed, seek to intentionally mis-inform, and always seek …

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