for a Healthy Life
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) cannot be cured, but raising public awareness and teaching youth to make healthier choices can reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The Smart Choices for a Healthy Life Program provides free age-appropriate education to K-12 students, college students, and school nurses. The goal is to reduce FASD and support those who are affected. Our lessons meet NJSLS curriculum requirements for Comprehensive Health education.
Interactive presentations are offered that utilize a nationally recognized curriculum created by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS, now FASD United) to address many important health topics, including:
Younger students (K-5):
The importance of treating all people with respect regardless of individual capabilities or disabilities.
Making good decisions about nutrition.
Making healthy choices is important for all people at all stages of life.
Older students (6-12):
Age-appropriate overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Effects and consequences of alcohol
Human development when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol
Programming for college students:
Tabling sessions with informational resources on campus.
For college students in public health, psychology, social work, and other related fields, Smart Choices offers a 45-minute in-depth lecture. This presentation goes over the biological basis of FASD and the professional’s role in supporting the community and lowering the population’s prevalence.
Professional education for school nurses and other school staff:
On-demand webinars focus on the science of FASD and give school nurses and other school professionals tools to support the education of individuals with FASD.
FASD Resource List for families and professionals to learn more about FASD.
Presentations are available to 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 973-268-2280 to host a presentation at your school, for information on school nurse professional education programs, or to learn more.
Funding for this program has been provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities.