Each day, America’s teenagers are bombarded with misleading messages about drugs. Glamorized by media and endorsed by peers, the consequences of drug use and experimentation are dangerously disguised, and often hidden altogether. The reality is that drug use can alter a teen’s life forever. That’s why every student should be given the tools to make a decision against using drugs - and the best place to give them those tools is your classroom.
This resource is lesson 10. To access videos and lesson materials: Project Alert.com
This is the Project ALERT kick-off lesson. Activities 1 and 2 establish the tone and set the foundation for an open and supportive classroom environment. In Activity 3, students are motivated to want to resist pressure to use drugs by actively participating in small groups where they list and discuss the reasons why people do and do not use drugs. Comparisons between alcohol and marijuana (Activity 4) demonstrate the great similarity between the reasons for use and nonuse of marijuana and alcohol. The class discussion of the lists and the video "Let’s Talk About Marijuana" in Activity 5 allow for myths to be corrected and for additional information to be added.
This is a long lesson, so pacing is critical. While it is not essential that students know every reason for using or not using drugs, it is essential that wrong information be corrected from the lists.
E-cigarettes and vapes have exploded in popularity in the last decade, especially among youth and young adults— from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students in the US increased by 900%. In this video, biobehavioral scientist Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin explains what you're actually inhaling when you vape (hint: it's definitely not water vapor) and explores the disturbing marketing tactics being used to target kids.
Messaging while driving—whether sending a text, commenting on a photo, or connecting with friends via an app—is dangerous. Even though 94% of Americans recognize it’s dangerous to send a text while driving, and 91% recognize it’s dangerous to read one, many people still do it.To address the disconnect between awareness and behavior, our campaign addresses the fact that people are personally engaging in a behavior that they know is dangerous. The campaign reminds drivers from 16 to 34 that no one is special enough to message while driving.
Physical inactivity has consistently been shown to be one of the most powerful, modifiable risk factors for all causes of death and disease, alongside smoking and obesity.
This interactive body map brings together scientific evidence on the links between lack of physical activity and disease.
This resource is lesson 2. To access videos and lesson materials go to: https://www.projectalert.com/account
Vaping has become a health epidemic for our kids. Nearly 8,000 kids start vaping every day, but parents can play an important role in preventing their kids from using e-cigarettes. Did you know that one vape pod can contain as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes, which can harm the attention, memory, and brain development of children? With 5.4 million American kids already vaping, it’s important that parents talk to their children about the dangers of trying e-cigarettes.“Talk About Vaping” drives parents to TalkAboutVaping.org so they can Get Their Head Out of the Cloud and learn the facts about youth vaping so they can have proactive and ongoing conversations with their children about the dangers of vaping.
This resource includes videos and printable visuals that promote conversation about this topic.
This resource is lesson 3.
This resource is lesson 4. To access videos and lesson materials: https://www.projectalert.com/account
This resource is lesson 5. To access videos and lesson materials: https://www.projectalert.com/account
This resource is lesson 6. To access videos and lesson materials: https://www.projectalert.com/account
This resource is lesson 7. To access video resources and lesson materials: https://www.projectalert.com/account
This resource is lesson 9. To access video resources and lesson materials: https://www.projectalert.com/account
The Mind Matters series is a valued resource for tens of thousands of teachers. Each booklet is devoted to a specific drug or drug group. Hard copies of the booklets in English can be ordered for free, and both English and Spanish booklets are available online as printable PDFs. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide, which includes background information and activities to enhance students’ learning, is available online in a printable PDF format.
Cigarettes aren’t good for us. That’s hardly news -- we’ve known about the dangers of smoking for decades. But how exactly do cigarettes harm us, and can our bodies recover if we stop? Krishna Sudhir details what happens when we smoke -- and when we quit.
Vaping is the act of inhaling an aerosol created by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term "vaping" misleads the user into thinking they are inhaling a vapor and something potentially safe or at least harmless. This is just one reason why the NFHS, with support from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, has created Understanding Vaping and E-cigarettes. This course helps dispel such misconceptions and highlights specific risks such as nicotine addiction for youth who try vaping and e-cigarettes.
This is a YouTube playlist of videos focusing on personal health and wellness. These videos can be used in a health classroom setting or assigned for students to view outside of class.
Topics in this playlist include: goal setting, growth mindset, mental health, and transformative moments.
This resource includes several videos and graphics about the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and how to create a proper fit. These videos can be displayed during a class session and the graphics can be used to stem class discussion or can be printed to be displayed in the gym or bulletin board.
This website is a useful resource for teachers and students. Here, users will find access to "the risks of tobacco," "tobacco triggers," and "quit vaping". This information can be useful for a teacher developing a lesson or useful to students as informational material.
This resource is an infographic about underage drinking in high school seniors. This graphic could be printed as a poster to display in the health education classroom or could be shown during a class discussion related to the topic.
Every day millions of lives in the U.S. are devastated by violence. On average, 24 people a minute are victims of physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner. That adds up to more than 12 million women and men a year. The reality is that this doesn’t only affect adults. There are millions of young people in this country, many of whom may be students of yours, whose lives are affected—sometimes shaped—by violence.
This resource toolkit includes scenarios for teacher and student discussion, questions for students, and classroom activities.
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) developed this presentation to educate youth on e-cigarettes, including the health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This resource is intended for adults who educate or serve youth ages 11 – 18 (teachers, youth ministers, coaches, scout leaders, etc.). Utilizing the talking points and information for users document, the presenter does not require additional information, nor permission to deliver the presentation.
Students will combine a study of facts regarding tobacco with a survey of their peers' attitudes and experiences to create a schoolwide smoking prevention campaign. The objective is to understand facts about smoking and use those facts to impact the entire school population.
The World Health Organization has now declared the coronavirus outbreak in China to be a global health emergency. Officials in China confirmed more than 7,800 cases today (updated from the video which states 6,000), with 212 deaths. The WHO said the virus is spreading worldwide, despite China’s efforts. “It’s not actually because China is not doing what it can. It’s actually doing more than China is required to do,” according to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
This resource is a lesson plan developed by Sanford Medicine-Tobacco Prevention Toolkit. The lesson plan objective is to provide an understanding of the known health risks associated with smokeless tobacco use. Many adolescents may not fully understand the risks of smokeless tobacco use and believe that it is harmless.
The included PowerPoint provides an overview of what students should know about smokeless tobacco, including why youth find them appealing, marketing tactics being used, what we know about the health effects of smokeless tobacco use. At the end of the PowerPoint are some debriefing activities that you can use with the students.
This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.
“Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction” is a special investigative project on the destructive epidemic of opioid addiction.
This free video resource from PBS LearningMedia can be used to teach students the dangers of vaping. Between 2011 - 2012, the use of e-cigarettes amongst 6th - 12th graders more than doubled. Youth Radio looks at the new trend of vaping, and why it's popular among young people. Do vape pens trick teens? That is the focus of this activity. Students should watch the video to facilitate discussion before the activity. Then students can participate in the suggested activities including an interview, reflection questions, and a class debate (included under support materials).
Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.
This free video resource from PBS LearningMedia teaches students about the ecological damage and health concerns for the people who were exposed to the BP oil spill and dispersants. In this video segment adapted from Need to Know, meet a fisherman who became a cleanup worker on the 2010 BP oil spill and then developed health problems. Learn about concern over the health and safety of cleanup workers because of the amount of oil and dispersant they were exposed to and the duration of exposure.
Smoking may be at near-record lows, but vaping remains popular. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, and instead produce a vapor that consists of fine particles. So, why is vaping so popular and is it a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes?
This activity is designed to open students' eyes to the consequences of binge drinking and bad choices. A secondary purpose is to have students use critical thinking skills to try to determine if the information given to them is credible.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has developed the free Sun Smart U education program to help teachers expose students to the importance of sun protection and give them the tools they need to prevent skin cancer.
Sun Smart U is consistent with the CDC’s National Health Education Standards for middle school and high school students. The interactive lesson plan features true stories from young skin cancer survivors, medically reviewed Prevention Guidelines, handouts and activities, and can be taught in one or two class periods. Sun Smart U is available in a variety of formats.
The Choose Your Path classroom activity includes two interactive videos that asks students to assume the role of the main character, who is confronted with a decision about whether to misuse prescription drugs. After each scene, the student selects what the main character will do next to see the consequences of that decision.
The purpose of this exercise is to reinforce student’s drug use refusal skills as well as strengthen their student knowledge of prescription drug misuse facts to help better prepare them in the event they are faced with having to make these types of decisions.
The resource provides additional information on prescription drug misuse.