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Explore volunteer opportunities with the March of Dimes to help ensure every baby is born healthy. Options include volunteering locally with to help families with babies born too small or too soon, and spreading awareness throughout the year and especially in November, Prematurity Awareness Month, about the serious issue of premature birth.
Use these sample slides when presenting at a chapter or state meeting to share information on the FCCLA National Outreach Project: March of Dimes Partnership.
Find out all the ways you can support the March of Dimes® mission & healthy babies, from hosting health education activities to supporting babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Check out this guide with ways to get involved!
teen2teen is a series of health education videos and lesson plans that teach teens how to make healthy decisions for their own benefit now and for the benefit of any children they may have in the future. Teens play a critical role in achieving the mission of the March of Dimes® by educating themselves and their peers about important health messages that can affect the outcome of pregnancies in the future. Teens today are the parents of tomorrow.
FCCLA students can be peer health educators using the teen2teen healthy lifestyle series, and advisors can share the series in their classrooms. The videos feature teens speaking to each other about topics that are on their mind today – sex, smoking, alcohol, drugs, stress, and peer pressure; and about making a difference in their communities. Three video segments are approximately 8 minutes each. You can find the videos at http://www.marchofdimes.com/teamyouth/teen2teen.html.
The curriculum can be led by teen peer educators or more experienced adult educators. teen2teen content is conducive to an after-school program and can be delivered in nine separate 30- to 45-minute sessions or in one full-day program. Each segment is stand-alone; presenters can select what is most appropriate for their audience. You can find the curriculum at http://www.marchofdimes.com/teamyouth/teen2teen_indepth.html.
Can pregnancy be 12 months long? Yes, if you include planning as a necessary component, sort of a trimester of its own. That's the point behind the March of Dimes 12-Month Pregnancy Program, a free online curriculum tool for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers. The program refers to the idea that to have a healthy mom, a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, forethought is key. Ideally, every pregnancy would include at least three months of preparation followed by nine full months of gestation. If young people learn this today, perhaps in the future we will have more healthy moms and more healthy babies.
The articles, activities, videos and citations offered through the 12-Month Pregnancy are intended to provide Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers with tools that are consistent with national standards and competencies, as well as FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) skill development. These tools provide the most current information about pregnancy in an ever-changing world of trends, discoveries and interventions.
The curriculum meets FACS national standards and contributes to meeting the educational standards of analyzing physical and emotional factors related to beginning the parenting process, and the principles of human growth and development through adolescence.
Visit the March of Dimes 12-Month Pregnancy Program website to download the curriculum.
Be on the lookout for more ways YOU can connect with the March of Dimes® and work together to support stronger, healthier babies!
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