Traditional Youth Breast Health Program
Designed specifically for high school juniors and seniors, this forty-minute program promotes the role of lifestyle changes in reducing the risk of breast cancer. The program reinforces regular exercise and proper nutrition and encourages students to pay attention to food choices, fat intake, portion sizes and information contained on food product packaging. Students are also given the unique opportunity to practice proper breast self-examination on silicone breast models.
Interested in having The Maurer Foundation deliver a free breast health program to your school?Â Request a breast health program.
Being Breast Smart (BBS)
(formerly known as the Peer Education Program)
BBS is a club run by high school students under the supervision of a school staff member. We understand that enduring habits may be developed early in life. We also know that young people often respond more effectively to peers than to adults. When it comes to delivering the Maurer Foundation’s lifesaving message, we believe that students make excellent teachers. Our two-week training course for student club members can be held during or after school hours. Equipped with the latest breast health knowledge, BBS members are ready to empower their classmates with proven methods of early detection, risk reduction and healthy lifestyle choices all year round. BBS club members also learn another valuable lesson from our educators: when it comes to getting the Maurer Foundation’s message across, energy and creativity can be contagious!
The Maurer Foundation’s Peer Education Program was introduced in 2006 at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY. Twelve female students attended the 15 week Peer Education Program under the supervision of health teacher, Paula Boyd, a trained TMF health educator. On March 14, 2007, the program graduates delivered their first presentation to Murrow High School’s Principal and administration cabinet. These Peer Educators provided comprehensive information on breast health education, including risk factors and early detection methods. After the success of their first Peer Education presentation, they were asked to return in April 2007 to present the program to Murrow High School’s leadership council and its Parent Teacher Association. By the end of the 2007 school year, Murrow High School’s Peer Educators reached 316 participants. The Maurer Foundation continues to train junior and senior students at Murrow High School.
Interested in starting a BBS club in your school?Â Request a breast health program.