Everyday Health

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Emotional community service stories will touch tweens.

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Educational Value

Viewers learn about various diseases and disabilities as they relate to the participants' charitable work. The information is presented in layman's terms so it's easy for kids to understand.

Positive Messages

The series spotlights the ways everyday people raise awareness of diseases and disabilities and work to improve the lives of those who cope with them. There are strong themes of teamwork, compassion, and empathy throughout each episode. Some stories reference life-threatening diseases, and there are some emotional moments when subjects and their families discuss mortality and near-death experiences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The subjects are normal people doing extraordinary work in their communities and globally to raise awareness and funding for medical research and to find creative solutions to challenges facing the ill and disabled. Celebs like host Laila Ali and special guest stars use their fame to help the philanthropists get the word out about their projects and foundations.

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but there are some references to death and dying related to some subjects' illnesses.

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Language
Consumerism

The show is sponsored by Everyday Health, and there are numerous references to the company's website, where viewers can learn more about the highlighted projects and link to websites featuring the subjects' work. Drop-in celebs like Chelsie Hightower (Dancing With the Stars) initiate references to their own shows, as do local businesses who donate their time and money on location with the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Everyday Health spotlights people's dedication to philanthropic causes that benefit the ill and disabled, so viewers will see patients in wheelchairs, undergoing breathing treatments, and taking a series of medications. Depending on the subject matter, it may not be appropriate for young kids who can't appreciate the scope of the subjects' efforts and who could be frightened by dialogue that occasionally references death and dying, but for families of older kids, the show exemplifies the selfless work of community-minded volunteers. The uplifting tales will touch your heart and are a good jumping-off point for getting your own family involved in philanthropy in your own area.

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What's the story?

EVERYDAY HEALTH chronicles the inspiring stories of regular people doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of others coping with illness and disabilities. Hosts Laila Ali, Ethan Zohn, and Jenna Morasca travel across the country to meet philanthropists whose own experiences with health crises has motivated them to take action, and each episode follows the process as the hosts pitch in to help with projects like organizing an impromptu dance party to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis, and helping stage a surfing event for people with spinal cord injuries.

Is it any good?

Uplifting and emotional, this series dedicates 30 minutes each week to telling tales that need to be told but often go unnoticed. Its subjects are regular people who have turned adversity into a desire to make positive changes on behalf of other people, and their selflessness will inspire viewers and perhaps encourage an interest in carving their own community service niche to "pay it forward" in their own way.

Everyday Health's message will hit home most effectively with tweens, although there's nothing to exclude younger viewers, provided that a parent is at the ready to help explain some of the medical references to injuries and ailments. Be aware that all of these stories have a strong emotional quotient, whether it's a happy ending to a medical battle or a patient's admirable outlook on a terminal condition. Occasionally the dialogue references death and dying, so it may be unsuitable for youngsters who can't handle this kind of real-life drama.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about health. What steps do you take to stay healthy? How do diet, exercise, and emotional well-being play a role in your overall health? What can your family do together to live healthier lives? Is there a "perfect" body type?

  • Kids: What does "philanthropy" mean? What service projects have you been involved in? How did the experience make you feel? Why is it important to give back to your community? What are some of the causes that mean the most to you? 

  • The celebrities in this show use their status to raise awareness of important issues. Can you think of other examples of stars using their fame for good? What makes a good celebrity role model?

  • How does Everyday Health promote compassion and empathy? Why are those important character strengths?

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