The Whole Picture: The Importance Of Teaching The Social Determinants of Health

Growing up, I was taught that any benefits or consequences that I would reap from my health would be due to my own efforts and decisions. It turns out that was a lie. Listen, I'm not saying that our choices as individuals do not affect our wellness; I'm just saying that it's not the whole …

Continue reading The Whole Picture: The Importance Of Teaching The Social Determinants of Health

Can Health Education Reduce Crime?

Perhaps. Many Health Educators promote the benefits of meditation on mental health and share the practice with their students. With resources that offer free subscriptions for educators like Calm, Headspace and Downdog, it is quite easy to engage students in mindfulness during a class. Probably the most interesting benefit of a particular type of meditation, …

Continue reading Can Health Education Reduce Crime?

Putting HEALTH Into Our Mental Health Lessons

May is Mental HEALTH Awareness month and a great time to reflect on our work as HEALTH educators. When New York State passed legislation mandating the inclusion of mental health in our programs, my first thought was, “No worries, I already do this.” And it’s true. I help kids understand the similarities between the symptoms …

Continue reading Putting HEALTH Into Our Mental Health Lessons

Influences and Influencers: Strategies to Talk About the Facts and Fiction of Programming Content

I do not watch much television. By the time I reach the end of the day and the dishes are done, the dog walked, and laundry folded, my bed is a more favorable option than trying to stay awake for a program. My television habits took an unexpected turn several years ago, when looking for …

Continue reading Influences and Influencers: Strategies to Talk About the Facts and Fiction of Programming Content

The Puberty Talk, the Sex Talk, and Timing

I was a weird kid. Not like, put spaghetti on my head during dinner just to get a laugh weird; more like asking my mom random questions that she didn’t see coming weird. Take for example, the time I asked her what semen was. My poor parents. Cornered by a child who wouldn’t stop asking questions. I asked my mom questions about pubic …

Continue reading The Puberty Talk, the Sex Talk, and Timing

Just Because They Can, Doesn’t Mean They Do

Understanding of adolescent decision making has moved beyond simple “age differences in risk perception and reasoning” to include relevant social and emotional factors that directly inform when and how adolescents make decisions about everything from substance use to condom use.[i] Adolescence is defined as the period between which “physiologically normal puberty” initiates and adulthood begins.[ii] Though …

Continue reading Just Because They Can, Doesn’t Mean They Do

EIEIO – Graphic Medicine in Old McDonald’s Classroom

At GraphicMedicine.org one of the first things you'll see is the definition: "Graphic Medicine ... explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare." The Graphic Medicine exhibit at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) opens with: "Graphic medicine is the use of comics to tell personal stories of illness and …

Continue reading EIEIO – Graphic Medicine in Old McDonald’s Classroom

Students in Action: Mental Health Awareness & Practicing Mindfulness

Since the pandemic we have seen an alarming increase in children experiencing anxiety and stress along with a decrease in positive social-emotional response. During the pandemic children were taught virtually with little to no in- person social interactions with children their own age. This has led to a rise in children struggling to self-regulate and …

Continue reading Students in Action: Mental Health Awareness & Practicing Mindfulness