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For Libraries who work with teens: health literacy comic books…

Posted by Editor on September 16, 2008

The Healthy Aboriginal Network

Non-profit promotion of health, literacy & wellness

Here is the latest update on our health literacy comic books.

Staying in School

Level Up is about Terry, a kid who is contemplating dropping out of school. But before he gets a chance, he’s asked to spend some time with his cousin Dave, a successful game developer in the city. Dave knows better than to lecture Terry about school. So much so, he makes the importance of school relatable – he compares it to character strengths and weaknesses in a video game. Having put the importance of school into terms he can understand, Terry is better able to make a decision for his future. Pricing can be found at the Healthy Aboriginal.net. All of their comics cost the same.

Diabetes prevention

An Invited Threat is about a young boy and what he likes to eat more than anything – junk food.  His family exercises and they eat together at the table, but they don’t always have time to prepare a healthy meal.  So they rely on prepared foods.  It’s about someone who has the ability to change the dietary habits of his people – the local store manager.  The story was focus group tested with youth and health professionals for its ability to convey the idea of what is, and what is not, healthy food.  Please send an email if you’re interested in previewing a low res PDF.

Suicide prevention

Darkness Calls is the story of a teenager who is bullied at school, is misunderstood by his teacher and feels socially isolated from his family.  Even though our hero, Kyle, has tremendous artistic talent and the support of a good friend he finds one day just too overwhelming and considers taking his own life.   The story was focus group tested with youth and health professionals (like all of our comics) for authentic characters, storyline and language.  Youth find the comic non-threatening and relatable, so it’s a terrific ice breaker to get them talking about how they feel.  Darkness Calls is about to go into its fourth print run, having sold over 65,000 copies in the past two years.  Please send an email if you’re interested in previewing a low res PDF.

Gambling addiction

On the Turn is about a young woman that quite un-expectantly gets hooked on poker at school.  But through counselling at her local friendship centre and the support of her parents, she is able to make amends to the people she hurt the most – her family.  Please send an email if you’re interested in previewing a low res PDF.

Language retention

We also turned Darkness Calls into a short in a First Nations language (Gitxsan, from the Hazelton, BC area) for the additional benefit of language retention.  The short won an Honourable Mention in the Outstanding Canadian Short Film category at ReelWorld 2008 in Toronto.

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One Response to “For Libraries who work with teens: health literacy comic books…”

  1. Susan Murray said

    I teach librarians about health literacy and would love to have an example of your health literacy comic books.

    Could you please send me the low res PDF?

    Diabetes prevention

    An Invited Threat is about a young boy and what he likes to eat more than anything – junk food. His family exercises and they eat together at the table, but they don’t always have time to prepare a healthy meal. So they rely on prepared foods. It’s about someone who has the ability to change the dietary habits of his people – the local store manager. The story was focus group tested with youth and health professionals for its ability to convey the idea of what is, and what is not, healthy food. Please send an email if you’re interested in previewing a low res PDF.

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