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February 2016 Newsletter :: A Culture of Good Health

Dear Educator,

Sometimes it’s hard to take a sick day, knowing how much your students—and your family—depend on you. As you well know, being healthy is vital to doing the things we need and want to do.

But what is the best way to take care of ourselves? The issue of YES! Magazine, Good Health, looks at how our physical and emotional well-being depends on everything from the microbes within us to the community around us. Explore How to Build a Culture of Good Health—not on your own—but with the mutual support of family, friends, and community. Be inspired by Erin Sagen’s story, My Year of Magical Tidying, on how getting rid of two-thirds of her belongings created more space for joy.

This newsletter also offers a youth mentor’s story on helping his male students reclaim the best versions of who they are. You’ll find an interactive map that explains in simple terms the many definitions of gender, lessons on empathy and the Middle Eastern refugee migration, and a snappy MTV video on common phrases with racist origins.

Details for our spring student writing contest will be announced on February 24. It’s our final writing opportunity of the school year that you won’t want to miss!

Jing Fong
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Jing Fong
Education Outreach Manager, YES! Magazine
P.S. The Students Stand #withMalala program is generously giving teachers free He Named Me Malala DVDs. Supplies are limited. Sign up today! Also, check out the film’s free curriculum and other classroom resources.

Your Stories

Marcus Griggs
Marcus Griggs helps young men who have experienced violence or abuse develop the skills to have healthy relationships—and become the best young men they can be. This is Marcus’ story. More »

Curriculum and Resources

Mapping a Refugee Crisis
In this Choices Program lesson, your students will step into a refugee’s shoes to help them understand why people flee their homes and how arduous the journey is to find a safe place to live. More »
Are you confused about how to refer to someone? He, she, or they? This easy-to-use interactive map explains over 40 definitions of gender. More »

YES! Classroom Tools

Infographic: Why We Need New Farmers
In 2012, 62 percent of farmers were older than 55, while only 6 percent were younger than 35. This infographic encourages students to think about the future of local food production and what it means to be a new farmer today. More »
How much money did big soda companies and the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition spend on the proposition to raise Berkeley’s soda tax? (Guess who won.) For 22 more astounding facts, check out The Page that Counts! More »

YES! Webpick

Racist Origins of Phrases
Sometimes we don’t mean what we say. This MTV video will challenge your students to think about the language they use in everyday conversation. More »

Visual Learning Lesson

Visual Learning Lesson
Ask these three questions about this photo: What do you notice? What are you wondering? And, after uncovering some facts, What’s next? More »
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