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Basic Black; Youth Health: A Wellness Approach to Health


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Basic Black
Youth Health: A Wellness Approach to Health
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Young people talk about the health issues they're most concerned about. Health care advocates talk about their work and their personal commitment to making sure young people stay healthy.

"Wellness"—an approach to health that addresses the needs of the body as well as the mind and spirit—is gaining in popularity among health care providers and their patients.

Manuela Alvis, age 17, Sophia Bonner, 17, and James Jackson, 19, talk to BASIC BLACK about the Adolescent Wellness Program (AWP), a program which addresses the physical, spiritual, and intellectual needs of youth in a proactive, integrated, and comprehensive manner. Formed in 1995 by consolidating five public health programs, AWP goes beyond general health care to focus on violence prevention, teen parenting, community projects for youths, gang and drug prevention, and other adolescent issues. AWP teaches wellness through the seven Nguzo Saba principles of Kwanzaa, which equip teens with the knowledge, skills, self-confidence, and cultural esteem to make healthier choices for themselves, their families, and their communities.

BASIC BLACK follows Alvis, Bonner and Jackson as they teach workshops for their peers about wellness. By realizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, they say, teens can improve not only their physical health, but their relationships and their outlook on life.

"If you want your future…to be healthy, you’ve got to prepare right now," says Jackson. "I think a lot of it really starts at an early age."



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Social Issues
Race and Ethnicity
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