The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed this after-school program to teach young people ages 11 to 13 about the complex media world around them and how it can affect their health, especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

Here is an excerpt from their communication to HMA:

“After analyzing data on youth development specifically within the realm of media exposure and health decisions, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) developed this 10-lesson curriculum that promotes media literacy, good nutrition, and physical activity. And the best part is that the program is available to use in any after-school or community setting at no cost.

Since 2004, thousands of young people have completed the curriculum, and we’ve received positive feedback from program facilitators. The program is winding down this year, and we are making one last push to organizations like yours to let you know about the materials before they are discontinued.

We encourage you to visit the Media-Smart Youth website to view and order the free materials. Our facilitator’s packet includes everything you need to get started: a facilitator’s guide, poster, and DVD. You can also request program materials by contacting the NICHD Information Resource Center at 1-800-370-2943 or at NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov. Materials will be available to order until August 31, 2017.”