Maintaining a healthy body image is one of the most important drivers of self-esteem among young people. Social pressures often play a major role is shaping how children view themselves. To help educate young people and their caregivers about a healthy body image, Steve McKenzie, M.Ed., Continuing Lecturer in the Foods and Nutrition Department and Interim Administrator for the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Nutrition developed materials related to healthy body image for young people, caregivers, and educators.
The materials are now available on the Purdue University Consumer and Family Sciences Extension website. The goal of these documents is to help teach the importance of a healthy body image to young people, their parents, grandparents and others who work with them. Two of the documents are in the form of lesson plans to be used with middle school or high school aged audiences. These materials may be used with a variety of groups including, but not limited to school health and physical education classes, 4-H groups and Boy or Girl Scout groups. Each set of materials is based on sound nutritional advice from experts with agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Dietetic Association. Physical activity recommendations are based on guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Cooper Clinic. Emphasis is placed on healthy eating and physical fitness rather than on body weight and physical appearance.
A third document titled: “Healthy Body Image: Being an Advocate for Your Child or Grandchild” is aimed at helping adults who serve as role models for children to better understand the issues surrounding body image. A companion document for each of the other three titled: “Healthy Exercises for Every Body” is provided to help everyone understand the components of a safe, health-related exercise program. Many exercises are illustrated along with detailed instructions on how to properly perform them.
These body image materials may be accessed through the following URL addresses:
Healthy Body Image: Being an Advocate for Your Child or Grandchild: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CFS/CFS-735-W.pdf
Healthy Body Image: A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CFS/CFS-736-W.pdf
Healthy Body Image: A Lesson Plan for High School Students: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CFS/CFS-737-W.pdf
Healthy Exercises for Every Body: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/CFS/CFS-738-W.pdf
For more information on the body image materials contact Steve McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.