Smart Choices for a Healthy Life

The Smart Choices for a Healthy Life Program delivers free age-appropriate education to students in grade K-12 with the aim of reducing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Our lessons meet NJSLS curriculum requirements for Comprehensive Health education.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders affect an estimated 40,000 infants each year. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders cannot be cured but raising public awareness and teaching youth to make healthier choices can reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

These single period, interactive presentations utilize a nationally recognized curriculum created by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) to address many important health topics, including:

For younger students (K-5)

    • The importance of treating all people with respect regardless of individual capabilities or disabilities
    • Making good decisions about what we eat, and drink can make us healthier.
    • Making healthy choices is important for all people at all stages of life.

For older students (6-12)

    • An age-appropriate overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
    • The overall effects that alcohol can have on the body
    • Why some people who drink alcohol become addicted while others do not
    • What can happen to human development when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol

The Smart Choices for a Healthy Life presentations are available to all schools in the Partnership’s eight county service area. We can deliver our presentations via your school’s virtual platform, or in person, following all safety protocols. Contact us for more information.

Call 862-281-3802 to host a training at your school or to learn more.

Funding for this program has been provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities.

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