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As an educator, Responsibility #StartsWithMe

As students walked through the hallway rushing to after-school activities, we found ourselves in the middle of three simultaneous conversations among five high school boys. It was hard to keep up; We weren’t even sure if they were following along. One second it was about a text, the next second...

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Simone Biles Joins us for Alcohol #Responsibility Month

Remember back in March when Simone Biles joined our Ask, Listen, Learn team? Now that April—Alcohol Responsibility Month—is here, we are rolling out some great new projects featuring this most decorated American gymnast!  Our goal is to help parents and teachers talk to kids about saying YES to a healthy...

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April is Alcohol Responsibility Month

April is Alcohol Responsibility Month. This is a great time for teachers and parents to start conversations with tweens and teens about saying YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.

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Meet the MEDULLA

I’m the Medulla, and I am the quarterback of the BRAIN POWER team. You will find me attached to your spinal cord inside your brain stem…and like a first time QB in the championship game, I’m full of nerve cells.

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Meet the HYPOTHALAMUS!

Hi guys! I’m the Hypothalamus, cheerleader for the BRAIN POWER team, and a pretty big deal. I’m the one who gets your heart rate going and your emotions all excited for this great game of living a healthy lifestyle that we have going on. But I’m not just a pretty face.

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Meet the CEREBELLUM!

I’m the cerebellum—I am small, but I’m also mighty! I make up about 10% of your brain’s weight, but I hold close to 50% of its neurons!

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Meet the Central Nervous System

Hi there, we are neurotransmitters traveling down the fast slopes of the Central Nervous System. Think of us as downhill skiers on the BRAIN POWER team; chemical messengers who zig, zag, and swoosh down the slope of your spinal cord sending messages between your brain and each part of your body.

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Meet the BRAIN: Head Coach of the Brain Power Team!

Hi, I’m the Brain—you may know me from certain activities such as thinking, decision making, and using your five senses! I also manage vital involuntary actions like breathing and keeping a regular heartbeat. I am a like the Head Coach of your body—the actions you take come from my direction and instruction.

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How to spot (and STOP) sources of peer pressure online

It’s not a secret that there is so much to consider about our kids’ online use. The apps, the texts, the bullying–and the online peer pressure. In fact, what I hear the most often from parents is that they feel like social media and the Internet have made parenting a whole lot harder for them! What I think parents like you and me really mean when we say things like this is that we want to make sure that we’re not missing anything with our kids’ online use and doing this feels a bit unmanageable and overwhelming at times. Maybe you can relate!

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