Students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are showing some of their knowledge of health, fitness, and nutrition through the production of a new online magazine.
Produced through Student Health 101 by PMSA students and wellness teachers, the magazine features articles and video on various health and fitness topics. Much of the content is produced by students who discuss subjects such as getting enough sleep, how friendships can affect one’s life positively and negatively, and building positive self-esteem. The magazine can be found at www.readsh101.com/pths.html
as well as on PMSA’s school website at pmsa.pths209.org
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that PMSA is one of only five high schools in the country who are participating in the Student Health 101 magazine program, with colleges and universities making up the bulk of participating schools. She said that the online magazine promotes both health and fitness as well as literacy.
"This magazine is a perfect example of integrated learning," Dr. Karvelas said. "We have entered the 21st century."
Mr. Vince Stubstad, a PMSA wellness teacher, said that the magazine provides expert-written material such as a health "app of the month" and "Ask the Experts," with information on community and mental health resources. However, much of the material, including the cover story in the June 2014 premiere issue, "The 8-Hour Advantage," comes from the students.
"It is written by students, for students," he said. "More students are interested in it because it covers topics that they are interested in. The kids had a great time making the videos. They were very informative."
Other features of the online magazine include healthy recipes, tips on exercise, and information on wellness activities at PMSA, all customized by PMSA students and faculty to fit their needs, said Ms. Jessica Schaub, a PMSA fitness teacher. There also is a version for parents, which also is linked on PMSA’s school website.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the online magazine is a good project.
"It’s a wonderful way to integrate literacy to other content areas," she said.