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Humorous videos spread public health messages

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm •  Published: December 23, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan's School of Public Health has released a series of humorous videos that attempt to answer such questions as: Will wearing a hat keep you warm if you venture outside in the cold wearing nothing else?

Andrew Maynard developed the Risk Bites series, available on YouTube. He is director of the university's Risk Science Center and a professor of environmental health sciences.

Maynard said he wants the series to give people credible and timely information on understanding human health risks.

"Increasingly sophisticated educational material on YouTube and elsewhere is being consumed by ever-greater numbers of people," he said in a statement. "The most successful content generators are people with a passion for knowledge and an ability to connect with their audience. And in this new medium they are leaving professional educators in the dust."

In the "Does Wearing a Hat Keep You Warm While Dancing Naked?" video and others, Maynard uses a white dry erase board and a black marker to draw lessons. Other "more provocative" topics of his include "Ten Ways Water Can Kill," ''Could Eating Chocolate Get You a Nobel Prize?" and "Poop and Cell Phones," university spokeswomen Terri Mellow and Laurel Thomas Gnagey said in a statement.

Maynard's face is never seen in the videos. Only his hand is visible as he draws objects, stick figures and words and narrates.

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