Positive Health Choices
Total Score: ____ of 30 points
For this project, you will conduct research in order to develop an educational campaign to encourage positive health choices and discourage risky choices. You will submit your educational campaign along with this graded assignment document when the project is complete.
Your educational campaign should illustrate clearly the many benefits of making positive health choices, as well as the many benefits one enjoys from not making risky health choices.
One of the best ways to promote positive health choices and discourage risky ones is by fostering good social and familial ties that lead to a positive outlook on life. Asserting a positive outlook can have a protective effect if it encourages others to make good choices.
What are some of the other ways that a positive and assertive attitude can have a protective effect on yourself and others?
Working hard on school assignments and earning high marks might help one realize the many rewards of education, inspiring positive choices and discouraging risky behavior that might jeopardize one’s educational future.
Volunteering in one’s community might lead one to become part a social network of people who share similar goals. The focus on helping others would likely foster a positive outlook and might inspire others to make good choices and avoid risky ones.
Taking part in a neighborhood clean-up project could lead to positive choices, such as exercising in a refurbished park or fishing in a cleaned-up pond. Such civic involvement and improvement might help other community members avoid bad choices.
Your educational campaign will use protective assertiveness to encourage good choices. Be sure to emphasize all the many benefits of making wise health decisions!
There are many positive health choices that you might choose to promote in your educational campaign. For example,
The choice to eat a healthy diet, based on one’s personal weight goals.
The decision to exercise regularly, in accordance with one’s fitness goals.
The commitment to practicing good personal hygiene habits.
The determination to get the right amount of uninterrupted sleep every night.
The choice to encourage positive health behaviors with one’s friends by illustrating them and advocating for them.
Is the website up-to-date? Old content and dead links often mean the site’s owner lacks credibility.
Are authors identified and sources cited? Cross-check the names of authors and sources listed on the site to determine their level of credibility.
What is the domain? Government sites ending in .gov and educational sites ending in .edu are often good sites. The websites of established and trusted news organizations are usually reliable. However, if an online news story mentions another source, try to find the original source.
Choose a positive health choice from the list above or come up with your own idea. This is the positive choice you will research to develop your educational campaign. Your campaign should use factors of protective assertiveness to highlight the benefits one gets from making such positive choices.
There are many risky health choices that you might choose to discourage in your educational campaign. For example,
The decision to get a tattoo or a body piercing.
The decision to expose oneself to the sun too long.
The decision to expose oneself to loud music or other noises loud enough to damage hearing.
The decision to drink alcohol, or use tobacco or drugs.
The decision to text while driving.
The decision to drive while drowsy.
Choose a risky health choice from the list above, or come up with your own idea. This is the risky choice you will research to develop your educational campaign. Your campaign should use factors of protective assertiveness to highlight the benefits one gets from avoiding such risky choices.
Conduct research into the positive choice and the risky choice you chose. As you know, online research requires caution and care. You should try to conduct a smart search using keywords and phrases in reliable search engines. Here are some questions to ask while doing online research to be sure you are using reliable sources.
Some of the places at which you might begin your online research for your educational campaign include the following:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)The USDA offers guidance on how to eat a healthy diet, and the many benefits one enjoys when eating right.
The Food and Drug AdministrationThe FDA provides nutritional information about various foods that can help one plan a healthy diet.
The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN) or the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP)Both organizations offer information about the many positive benefits of physical activity and exercise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or the U.S. government’s “Healthfinder”Both offer information about the many benefits of good personal hygiene habits, as well as the benefits of quality sleep.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, or the National Institutes of HealthBoth present the risky consequences associated with tattoos and body piercing.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI)The NCI has many sources describing the risks of exposure to the sun.
The National Institute of Drug AbuseThis organization is a good source for finding information about the consequences of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use.
After you have selected the positive and risky choice you would like to highlight in your campaign, you must determine how you would like to conduct your campaign. Educational campaigns can take many forms. You may use posters or advertisements to portray your message, you may create a televised public service message, or you could even utilize the popularity of social media to spread your message. Whichever method you choose, make sure your message is clear, engaging, and supported by reliable research.
My Educational Campaign
Complete the following assignment.
(Maximum Score:30 points)
Use the space below to insert the educational campaign you created.
Does Congress Look Like America?
1. Complete the table.
Demographics of Congress and of the United States
United States as a whole
Number of people
Percent African American
No religion 15%
*Because people of Hispanic origin can belong to any race, the Bureau of the Census collects data for Hispanics separately.
2. What conclusions can you draw from this table?