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Free Media-Smart Youth Curriculum From NIH Promotes Health and Media Literacy

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:47

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive afterschool education program that helps young people ages eleven to thirteen better understand the complex media world around them, and how it can influence their health. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the free Media-Smart Youth curriculum includes ten lessons that combine media literacy and youth development principles with federal recommendations about nutrition and physical activity.

Media-Smart Youth gives young people a chance to learn by doing. Throughout the lessons, youth discover healthy snack recipes and fun new ways to be physically active. The capstone of the program is the "Big Production," when youth work as a team to develop their own media product to encourage their peers to eat healthy or move more.

The NIH provides everything facilitators need to carry out the program, including free copies of program materials, training webinars, and technical assistance.

For more information about Media-Smart Youth—including background on the program and lessons learned from previous sites—visit their website. Free copies of the program materials can be ordered online or by calling 800-370-2943.

To receive updates on free resources, announcements, and Media-Smart Youth opportunities, sign up for the Media-Smart Youth listserv here.

 

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