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Advertising, the Media and Your Health 2008

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Distributed by Human Relations Media, 41 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 800-431-2050
Produced by Produced by Anson W. Schloat and Peter Cochran; Teacher's Resource Book by Carl Gaines
Directed by Director n/a
DVD, color, 88 min.

Sr. High - Adult
Japan, Popular Culture, Music Trade, Singers

Date Entered: 02/01/2008

ALA Notable:
Reviewed by: Reviewed by Lauren Aldridge, Huddleston Bolen LLP Law Library, Huntington, WV

Advertising, the Media and Your Health attempts to give an alternate view of media and advertising. The average teenager spends more time with various forms of media (iPods, cell phones, Internet, television, movies, etc.) than they spend sleeping. Teenagers are exposed to an average of 3,000 advertisements per day. The sheer volume of ads that teens are exposed to makes it important to understand the possible unhealthy effects of media and advertising. The film poses the question, “Do advertisements make us smoke more, drink more, eat more unhealthy foods, or make us feel uncomfortable inside our own skins?”

The film comes with a Teacher’s Resource Book that is an excellent addition to the film. The Resource Book contains a brief summary of the information in the film and several student exercise worksheets. The worksheets shouldn’t be difficult to complete if students have paid attention to the film.

This film would be useful in a communications/media/journalism class or in a general health class.