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Tickling Their Funny Bone! Designing Fun Health Programs for Kids and Teens

Tickling Their Funny Bone! Designing Fun Health Programs for Kids and Teens Kelli Ham, MLIS Consumer Health Coordinator NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region Nevada Library Association Conference October 5, 2007 Agenda Introductions About health programming… …for kids, tweens and teens

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Tickling Their Funny Bone! Designing Fun Health Programs for Kids and Teens

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  1. Tickling Their Funny Bone!Designing Fun Health Programsfor Kids and Teens Kelli Ham, MLIS Consumer Health Coordinator NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region Nevada Library Association Conference October 5, 2007

  2. Agenda • Introductions • About health programming… …for kids, tweens and teens • Online resources for younger patrons • Ideas for programming • Discussion

  3. Why Do Health Programming? • Is there a need? • What do you want to accomplish? • What are some barriers? • How will you evaluate?

  4. They… want to have fun while learning like activities (not passivities) enjoy being part of creation of the activity or content like teaching or learning from other kids want to use technology What Do Kids & Teens Want? The trick is tying it together with health as the program idea.

  5. What Works in your Library? • Story time for the very young • Demonstrations and hands-on experiments • Games • Activities, like scavenger hunts • Technology!

  6. What Is on their Minds?(The short list.) • Young children • body parts, pooping and peeing • Grade school • body fluids (barf, snot, sweat) • Tweens • puberty! • Teens • acne, dieting, sex (not necessarily in that order)

  7. The Good News Lots of quality content for all ages Interactive websites Great resources and opportunities for librarians to teach The Bad News Lots of bad content Kids lack evaluation skills Few opportunities to learn best resources Kid’s Health Info on the Web

  8. The Opportunity Hold training classes geared to kids & teens!

  9. FACT: Health topics are inherently dull, boring, or embarrassing So how do you make it fun? • Wacky titles already in your collection • Utilize the web – games, quizzes • Use technology whenever possible • Involve your young patrons

  10. Discussion: Social Networking Sites For young adults, is there any way to incorporate MySpace, blogs, podcasting or other Web 2.0 tools into health programs?

  11. Great Online Starting Points KidsHealth.org Sections for kids, teens and parents. Also a separate section for teachers with lesson plans for different ages and grades. BAM! Created by the CDC for kids 9-13 years old. The Teacher’s Corner includes activities and guides on health topics. Yucky - Discovery Health for Kids The Gross & Cool Body site is an interactive, fun and informative site on things like “Pimples, burps, farts and funnybones”. That says it all!

  12. National Library of Medicine Resources • ToxMystery • ToxTown • Household Products • Genetics Home Reference • MedlinePlus

  13. Create an Online “Kid’s Space” • Check out sites from other libraries • http://www.lapl.org/ya/(health links in MyLife) • Involve teens and kids from your community • Utilize your Teen Advisory Board • Get feedback, re-design, get feedback…

  14. Consider This… • Content created by and for teens, kids • health topic pathfinders • podcasts • video tutorials • peer tutor programs • Jeopardy! • internet4classrooms.com/on-line_powerpoint.htm • other?

  15. Other Ideas • School partnerships • Librarian, instructional media staff, school nurse • Hospital partnerships • Pediatrics staff, patient education dept., librarian • Youth organizations • Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts • Fitness programs like Students Run LA • Peer tutoring such as ¡VIVA! program in Texas* *High school peer tutors teach MedlinePlus: a model for Hispanic outreach J Med Libr Assoc. 2005 April; 93(2): 243–252.

  16. Resources for You! • ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) • www.ala.org/ala/alsc/alsc.htm • YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Assoc.) • www.ala.org/yalsa • CAPHIS (Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Medical Library Assoc) • http://caphis.mlanet.org • National Network of Libraries of Medicine • http://nnlm.gov

  17. Discussion & Final Thoughts • Has anyone done health programs for any age group? • Any ideas you might try in your library?

  18. Thanks! Comments or questions are welcome!Kelli Ham, kkham@library.ucla.edunnlm.gov/psr

  19. KidsHealth kidshealth.org/kids kidshealth.org/teens classroom.kidshealth.org BAM! from the CDC www.bam.gov Yucky Gross & Cool Body from Discovery Kids yucky.discovery.com/flash/body/ CDC List of Websites for Kids and Teens www.cdc.gov/women/kids/links.htm Tickling Their Funny Bone: Web Resources MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) • medlineplus.gov Children and Teenager’s Links • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childrenandteenagers.html Children’s Page http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childrenspage.html Teens’ Page • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/teenspage.html Additional NLM Resources: ToxMystery • toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov/ ToxTown • toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/ HouseholdProducts • householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/ Genetics Home Reference • ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ Nevada Library Association 2007 Conference The Lighter Side of LibrariesOctober 4-6, 2007

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