Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (9-12)
Focus Question: Why is it important to practice healthy living habits and advocate for healthy living practices in a community?
Students explore healthy living habits for themselves and for their community. They practice making healthy food choices, exercising and helping people of the community do the same. Learners develop a service-learning project based on a community needs assessment.
Students examine elements of a balanced diet and keep track of their food and exercise over time. The students identify the availability of healthy foods in the school, neighborhood, and home environments. The students learn the importance of physical activity and learn a dance routine. They read and and discuss news articles about the effects of diet on sports performance.
Students explore the concept of healthy body image through an exploration of media messages. They create commercials that celebrate different bodies’ shapes and sizes. Students learn about obesity and design a comic strip or graphic poster to educate others about healthy eating, exercise, and sleep. Students work in small groups to explore food-related health issues, including genetically modified food, pollution, pesticides, hormones, and outbreaks of food-borne diseases such as salmonella and e coli.
Students research the practices of historical service leaders to gather information about effective practices to effect change. They analyze data collected from their surveys and design a campaign to advocate for health in their city.
Students conduct and evaluate their service project, then celebrate their success. After the service project, invite guests, volunteers, community members, and other students to celebrate with the class.