Summer is a bare-it-all season of sleeveless tops, shorts and bathing suits, so what better time than now to talk with youth about their body image.
Body Image is the way individuals think and feel about their own body, as well as how they perceive others to think and feel about their appearance. Heavily influenced by family, friends and media, one’s body image can be positive or negative.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a checklist that teachers could use to determine and impact our students’ likelihood for success in school and in life? After surveying more than 4 million children from varying backgrounds and circumstances, researchers from the Search Institute have found that there is in fact a checklist of sorts, to predict success. It is called the 40 Developmental Assets ™ and it has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the U.S.
Students of all ages will be celebrating the close of the school year and the kickoff to summer. But as the novelty of summer break wears off, many youth may find themselves feeling isolated and alone, having lost the daily interactions and social connections that school provides. Such feelings can lead to unhealthy coping behaviors (including substance abuse) and increased adolescence risk for developing depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.
May is nationally recognized as Better Sleep Month in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of sleep and to encourage people of all ages to improve their sleep patterns.
Most families are well aware and proud to point out the talents and passions that have been passed on from generation to generation (athletic ability, musical gifts, artistic skills, etc.). Most are also well aware of specific health issues that run in the family (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.), and many are conscientious to not only share such information with their children, but to encourage by example, healthy behavioral choices to avoid them.