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The Growing Healthy Program

The Growing Healthy curriculum is based on the premise that if children understand how their bodies work and appreciate the factors that affect their health -- biological, social, and environmental -- they will be more likely to establish good habits during their formative years. "More successes early on lead to more successes later in life," explains Lynne Whitt of the National Center for Health Education, which developed the program.

Growing Healthy addresses not only the physical, but also the emotional and social, dimensions of health. Exercises provide students with knowledge that will help them resist pressures to smoke, drink alcohol, or engage in other health-compromising behaviors later in life. In one Growing Healthy activity, fifth graders build a smoking simulator from an empty plastic bottle and a lit cigarette. As the bottle fills with smoke, the students are provided with visual evidence of the dangers of smoking.

The Growing Healthy program has been cited by the U.S. Department of Education as an exemplary curriculum, and independent evaluations have shown it to have significant impact on students' attitudes and actions.

For more information, contact:

Growing Healthy
c/o Health EDCO
P.O. Box 21207
Waco, TX 76702

-- Ben Alsup

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This description is not intended as an endorsement of this particular program.

This article is an excerpt from the Elementary School Guide for MOYERS ON ADDICTION: CLOSE TO HOME, produced by Thirteen/WNET's Educational Publishing Department. The entire guide is available, free of charge, by downloading it to your computer or requesting a copy by mail.

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