How will you invest in your learning this year?  We’ve chosen these shared materials for your department because they inspire us to think about what it means to “practice health” in different ways.

In “Body Talk,” “thirty-seven writers, models, actors, musicians, and artists share essays, lists, comics, and illustrations – about everything from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disor- ders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor. Together, they contribute a broad variety of perspectives on what it’s like to live in their particular bodies – and how their bodies have helped to inform who they are and how they move through the world.” This isn’t explicitly about health, but your work engages “the body” unlike any other discipline, and we’re inspired by the way these stories invite us to talk about our bodies in new ways.

Vaginas and Periods 101 is a highly acclaimed pop-up book written by licensed mental health therapists and sex educators. Their goal was to normalize menstruation and help young people feel comfortable in their bodies. This book invites us to consider the ways that we (adults and young people) are often uncomfortable with natural human habits, and challenges us to think about how to combat these common stigmas with healthy - and playful - interventions.

“I AM Everything Affirmation Cards” are an acknowledgement that while teaching will be tough this year, you already possess the amazing qualities you need to thrive in and beyond your class- room. You can use them with yourself or your young people for affirmation as needed.