Media-Smart Youth is an evaluated, NIH-developed program that combines content about healthy eating and physical activity with teaching youth how to analyze advertising and produce media messages. FREE curriculum packages are available for you to order using the contact information below. The program developers also implemented a delivery model that trained high school students to present the program to younger teens. See the linked resources for more information.
Free Program Resources to Help Kids Make Healthy Choices
Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is a free program that helps young people ages 11 to 13 better understand the complex media world and how it can influence their health. Developed by the National Institutes of Health, the Media-Smart Youth curriculum includes 10 lessons that encourage kids to eat healthy, be active, and think critically about marketing messages.
NIH provides free program materials and an on-demand webinar training to help facilitators successfully carry out the program, independently or in partnership with schools, after-school programs, or other local youth-serving organizations.
Webinar participants may receive a certificate of completion or, for Certified Health Education Specialists, one hour of continuing education credit.
Contact the Media-Smart Youth team at MediaSmartYouth@mail.nih.gov or 1-800-370-2943.