Posted by: BPSOS | December 17, 2008

Tin Tức – News: BPSOS Partners With Community to Nurture Media-Smart Youth!

youth-pic-11Check out this video, scripted by the youth of Holmes Middle School (there’s a few of them to the right!), to learn about the media and wise choices for health and fitness!

December 17, 2008: What’s the connection between media-savvy young people and their health and fitness? Boat People SOS (BPSOS), for one thing!

The family services staff of BPSOS-Falls Church is getting rolling with a project called Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! (MSY). The effort focuses on helping young people ages 11 to 13 understand the connections between media and health, and is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). At present, the MSY activities are under way at Holmes Middle School in Alexandria, VA. The BPSOS staff members are building out from their ties to the middle school’s Vietnamese culture club to turn this project into a great experience for a group of young people whose makeup reflects the school’s incredible diversity.

What do young people get from this project that they seldom get elsewhere?

The program uses nutrition and physical activity examples to help youth learn about connections between their health and what they see and hear on TV and the radio. This builds their media analysis skills, leaving them better prepared to handle the messages constantly raining down on them. MSY brings together a mix of learning formats, including brainstorming, small- and large-group discussions, games, and creative productions. One of those products is the video you can find at the top of this post, which was funded by the National Heart and Lung Institute/Fairfax County Partners in Prevention Fund as part of the Ways to Enhance Children’s Activities and Nutrition (WE CAN) Project.

If you have a son or daughter in Holmes Middle School and would like more information about MSY, or if you are interested in bringing MSY to your school, please call Dong Bui at 703.538.2190.

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