Self-Paced Modules

Your students have learned a lot about noncommunicable diseases and ways to avoid them through the Abbott employee volunteer visits. Use the modules below to summarize the key points from the activities and lessons your students have participated in and to measure their level of understanding. Each module focuses on a specific topic related to reducing the risk of noncommunicable diseases and includes embedded assessment and immediate feedback to enhance students' understanding of these topics. Once they have completed a module, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Self-paced Module and Educator Guide
Self-Paced Module I: Exercise for Health
15-20 minutes

In this module, students learn about what happens to our bodies when we exercise, why exercising is good for us, and the risks associated with not exercising, including the development of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Companion Educator Guide

This companion guide to the self-paced module includes a summary, guide to using the mini-modules, tips, and content standards.

Self-paced Module and Educator Guide
Self-Paced Module II: Nutritious Eating
15-20 minutes

In this module, students learn how eating nutritious foods can help keep them healthy, and the risks associated with making poor food choices, such as an increased risk of developing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Companion Educator Guide

This companion guide to the self-paced module includes a summary, guide to using the mini-modules, tips, and content standards.

STEM Aligned Lessons

These STEM activities explore the science behind how exercise and nutrition help reduce the risk of developing certain noncommunicable diseases. Students will learn how a healthy heart pumps blood, the relationship between exercise and energy, and the dangers of overconsumption of sugar. 

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In this session, students will learn about kinetic energy and demonstrate the effects of mass and speed on energy during a lab activity. Students will draw conclusions about the connections between kinetic energy, physical activity, and reducing their risk of developing certain NCDs.

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Students will learn how a healthy heart pumps blood through their bodies’ arteries by building a common model of a pumping heart. Then, they will learn about heart disease, how it affects the heart's ability to pump, and how this noncommunicable disease develops and can be prevented.

The Mystery of the Hidden Sugars

Students will learn about the risks associated with overconsumption of sugar by visualizing the amount of sugar in various drinks and common food items. Students will then create a resource that explains to peers the connection between sugar consumption and NCDs.

Print-Based Lessons

Plant the seeds for healthy behaviors with activities that evaluate health fads, help set physical fitness goals, and more.

New Virtual-Led Activities

Health News: In the Know
45–60 minutes

Students will learn the difference between health fads in the news and healthy habits that are scientifically sound. Students can then research recent health stories that made headlines and share their findings with the class.

Peer Promotion
45–60 minutes

Classes will be tasked with planning a student-facing campaign that promotes physical activity by identifying a major barrier to being active and proposing how to overcome it. Students will create a tangible goal and then share their results as part of the campaign requirements.

Nutritious Alternatives
45-60 minutes

This activity focuses on the idea that healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. Upon reviewing their country’s dietary guidelines, students can develop modifications to their diet that will help them eat more healthily while still enjoying what they consume.

Nutritious Celebrations
45-60 minutes

Students work in teams to design the optimal menu for a meal to celebrate a special event. Teams are given guidelines on nutrition and costs, and will use critical thinking to develop a healthy menu on a budget.

Escape Unhealthy Habits
45-60 minutes

Students will work in teams to participate in an educational escape room! Simple fitness challenges and health-themed puzzles will be presented to students as stations. Students that successfully complete all of the components will be eligible to escape!

Fitness Apps
45-60 minutes

Students will explore various examples of fitness apps and discuss the strategies such apps use to help keep people active. They will work in groups to test free apps to see which ones are successful in helping people reduce the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases. They will share their findings and reflect on how they would improve the app design.

NCDs Ninja
45-60 minutes

Students will learn about nutrition and different types of physical activities, including cardio and seated. Students will design an obstacle course to learn about cardio physical activity and participate in information stations about nutrition and seated physical activities.

Risky Choices
45-60 minutes

Students will compare the ways that alcohol, tobacco, and vaping can negatively affect a person’s health. They will then participate in a mock debate before deciding which risky behavior will pose the biggest risk to their future health based on their learning.

Staying Healthy While Staying Connected
45-60 minutes

Students will review their sedentary hobbies, such as watching television or playing video games, and design a physical activity challenge that will help them increase their physical activity during these hobbies. They will explain how their plan could help them reach their daily physical activity recommendations.

Supermarket Smart
45-60 minutes

After reviewing the elements of a standard nutrition label, students will learn how to interpret ingredient lists, including learning if the order of ingredients matters, how to differentiate between naturally occurring ingredients and chemicals, and draw conclusions about whether examples would be nutritious food choices.

Digital Lessons

Lead your students through an exploration of health concepts and prevention of noncommunicable diseases with these standards-aligned, instructional resource bundles. Each lesson features digital media, engaging animation, and online resources. The lessons encourage student collaboration, communication, and engagement around key health skills.

Get Moving
45-60 minutes

This digital lesson will guide students through an exploration of the link between physical activity and health. In stations, students will try different forms of physical activity, investigate how their body reacts to different types of exercise, and learn more about each activity’s specific positive effects. Students will then examine their current level of activity and create an action plan to help them work toward achieving 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

YouTube Star
45-60 minutes

Building off the popularity and efficiency of YouTube workouts, student groups will collaborate to create the content for a short workout routine. They will learn the difference between aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities in order to create a routine that touches on three important types of physical activity. Students will then share their workout routines as they work toward accomplishing their 60 minutes of daily physical activity!

Deep Dive into Type 2 Diabetes
45-60 minutes

In this lesson, students will discover how type 2 diabetes develops and what may be done to help reduce the risk of this noncommunicable disease. Students will then take the information they learned and create an infographic.

Under Pressure!
45-60 minutes

Students will learn the basics of blood pressure by participating in a demonstration using balloons, water, and air. Building on that experience, they will learn what it means to have “high blood pressure” before evaluating lifestyle choices and their effects on heart health.

Heart Pumping Theater
45-60 minutes

Clap-stomp-jump! Using creative combinations of these motions, students will develop challenging movement patterns to increase their heart rates through physical activity. Students will learn to measure their heart rates by taking their pulses.