Summer Size Up

by SKHC Editor on June 11, 2009

The end of the school year is nearing but that doesn’t mean the kids have to stop learning or making good choices. As an educational professional, what message are you leaving your students with?

As a school psychologist did you review the negative effects bullying can have on one’s self esteem? How about the effects of peer pressure? Off the playground or out of the hallway there’s still the public pool, parks, house parties, etc. that peer pressure weasels its way into.

If you’re a health teacher is there a female student who needs some guidance when it comes to healthy eating choices because she suffers from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia? How about reminding students that it’s okay to say “no” to sex? Realistically, knowing that not all kids practice abstinence, reiterate the importance of the use of condoms.

School nurses can’t stress enough the importance of hand washing. There’s a cool product on the market called Glo Germ that shows kids, and adults for that matter, just how quickly germs can spread. That would be a perfect summer “experiment” to keep the young people busy.

Speaking of keeping busy, physical fitness gurus (AKA gym teachers) maybe you won’t be able to drag the kids away from VH1’s latest “blank of love” reality show but you could create some commercial length quickie workouts that won’t seem so bad when broken down.  I know you know children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day but do they?

Of course they may roll their eyes now but encouraging kids to keep active, read, take part in positive group activities and get out and enjoy the summer weather (of course wearing sun block) is all a part of what twenty years down the line they’ll be wishing they could do again instead of sitting at work twittering about it.

Source: CDC

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