Canadian Public Health Association
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This 214-page curriculum consists of 10 health lessons with exercises that focus on comprehension, literacy, and taking action. Each lesson includes the following elements, which form the acronym, H.E.A.L.T.H.: Highlight: a short story highlighting the health topic; Explain: comprehension questions about the story; Analyze: questions to generate discussion and strategies for action; Learn: grammar, spelling, and comprehension questions; Try: writing exercises, role plays, and resource-mapping activities; and Help: easy-to-read fact sheets on the health topic. The curriculum is teen-oriented because it was developed for youth in Canada, and the topics and stories reflect the issues identified by teens as relevant. The format is participatory and most topics could be adapted for low-literacy adults as well. Each chapter includes lists of Websites, hotlines, and other resources for more information on the topic. The topics covered are: feelings, safer sex, self-esteem, drug abuse, drinking, smoking, living environments, prejudice, homelessness, and healthy eating. At the end, there are tips for working with youth who have low literacy skills, and promoting health among youth. This will soon be available in French under the name Ma santé, je m'en OCCUPE!
KEYWORDS: Literacy Education, Nutrition, Substance Abuse, Tobacco Education, Young Adults