Resources for educators and families
Food mood and brain health with professor Selena Bartlett
Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett has been studying the human brain for 30 years and believes we can help manage addictive behaviours like drinking, smoking and binge eating by understanding how the brain works and how we respond to stress.
The (Life Ed) program builds social and emotional learning in children - getting to the root of how to build safe and positive relationships, to develop empathy, communicate respectfully, including how to respectfully disagree with someone.
My dad had been a heavy smoker since long before I was born, but one day, I came home from Healthy Harold really upset that his habit was putting his health – and life – in serious danger. That day – almost 20 years ago! – he had his last cigarette and hasn’t touched one since.
The Life Ed program can give children the ability to know what is right and what is wrong in an age-appropriate context, and just give them the tools to work out that they can speak out and can say something. They might think: ‘I know I’m a child, but adults aren’t always right'.
I have to say, having resilience and grit has to be one of the most important lessons I’ve taken away from the Life Ed program. That’s definitely something I think is crucial for young people when navigating the path to adulthood, so I am so glad I learned those lessons early on.
The Life Ed program assists as it has a high and equitable reach of children by being able to access them while they are at school in a learning environment. Its ability to cover a range of topics that may otherwise go without being addressed or spoken about at school or at home is also critical.