Helping Youth Make Healthy Choices

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 98% approval rating
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Learners' Own Words

"I enjoyed this training and it helped me recognize the importance of adding more physically active elements to my programming"

"Great training! Very informative and engaging."

"This was a very well organized session with a balanced level of activities and strong content."

Your Training Description

Youth don’t need lectures about health, they need help understanding how to make healthy choices. You can help them understand their barriers to change, and give them realistic strategies to make healthy choices. This training focuses on strategies to make healthy choices attractive and accessible to youth. You’ll learn to recognize common myths and misconceptions about making healthy choices. You’ll gain an understanding of behavior change basics, the dimensions of wellness, and how to increase interest and motivation for healthy behaviors in youth.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Explore the dimensions of wellness and how they can improve health messaging in youth programs
  • Identify various stages of change using the Transtheoretical model
  • Analyze common myths and misconceptions about health behaviors
  • Learn simple strategies to incorporate health education on nutrition, physical activity, stress, and sleep into youth programs
  • Discuss ways health education can be used as a tool to reduce health disparities and inequities

Your Trainer

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Christine Petrich is a health and movement educator who believes healthy choices have the power to transform lives. She has taught in a wide range of institutions, including K–12 schools, colleges, community-based programs, fitness centers, juvenile justice facilities and prisons. Her belief is that health education can be engaging, meaningful and accessible to all people. By encouraging small, healthy choices, Christine helps people find joy and possibility in the pursuit of improving their own health and wellness. Christine has a Master of Education in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Instructor with Inver Hills Community College, teaching health and physical education.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

Strengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

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