Does Body Acceptance Promote Health Indifference?

Humans come in all shapes and sizes and in the interest of keeping our self-esteem high we sometimes accept or embrace our physical state even if it is decidedly unhealthy. How as educators do we address this conflict of accepting who you are physically vs. being mindful of the negative health effects that acceptance can …

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Differentiating Between  “Real” and “Fake” News in the Media

If ever there was a time to take a closer look at our students and their ability to differentiate between “real” and “fake” news, this is it. We are in the midst of constant dissemination of information from thousands of sources as we face one of the most unprecedented and unbelievably stressful times in our …

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Health Ed: What’s Personal is Public

In health education we rightly focus on the personal. We emphasize ways to enhance individual health and well-being. In a world that is learning first-hand the limits of individualism, maybe it’s time to adjust our curriculum to recognize that personal health is directly tied to public health. And public health is all about our environmental, …

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The Beginners Guide to Skills-Based Health Education

If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard of skills-based health education, you seem intrigued by skills-based health education, but you just don’t know where to start when designing a skills-based health education curriculum.  When I was first introduced to skills-based health education, I thought “this seems so fun!”, “my students will love this!”, “I will …

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5 Things I Wish Had Been Covered in Sex Education

My strongest memory of sex education at school was watching a water birth video. It was terrifying and didn’t really set up a good environment for learning about sex. I remember leaving the class with so many unanswered questions. Sexuality and relationship education plays an important role in developing a healthy relationship with sex. I …

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Getting #SexuallySmarter One Classroom Word at a Time

I’m an independent sex educator. I work with kids from kindergarten through college and the adults who take care of them. I meet with at least 100 different groups in any given school year and usually have pretty limited time to create a safe and welcoming learning environment before it’s time to really dig into …

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It’s Not Funny – Or is it? Using Humor to Tackle the Talk

  Any parent who has initiated “the talk” with their child has experienced qualms about what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. It would be awesome to channel a sex-pert during these talks and merely let the words flow succinctly, accurately, and in a manner that eliminates the inevitable eyeball …

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