COVID19: A Promising Future for Health Ed and Equity?

On my return flight from Tampa for the 2019 SHAPE America National Convention in April 2019, I was suddenly awakened from a nap and my first thought was “redefine our community”. This statement etched in my mind as I projected on the upcoming year ahead and the opportunity for transformation for our health and physical …

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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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