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Teaching High School Students to Evaluate Health Information

Several studies have found that while the majority of youth report using the Internet for health questions, they often lack skills to screen search results for quality answers. To help address this gap, the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition has announced a new curriculum resource for school health personnel, librarians and educators:

Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information

This resource is an interactive lesson plan that aims to increase high school students’ capabilities to access and evaluate quality health information on the Internet. The lesson plan promotes MedlinePlus as a recognized resource, and addresses state and national health education standards. In-class activities, handouts, and a homework assignment are included in the lesson plan, which is freely available for use and dissemination.

High schools students from the Seattle area were engaged in the development and piloting of Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information. Advisory assistance was provided by the Health and Fitness Education Program Supervisor with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Funding support was provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region.

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