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Once your Volunteer Champion shares with you the lesson that your group will be teaching during your program visit, use the search button or quick-link buttons below to find your lesson.

Virtual ActivityVirtual-Led Activities

NUTRITION

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 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 LESSON
Nutrition

THE MYSTERY OF HIDDEN SUGARS

45–60 minutes
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.
DIGITAL LESSON
Nutrition

DESIGN INNOVATION

45–60 minutes
Students will learn about the essential role whole foods (fruits, vegetables, protein, etc.) play in our health and how they help to reduce the development of noncommunicable diseases. In addition, students will analyze typical grocery store designs and suggest potential innovations to help consumers choose whole foods.
Virtual Activity
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Nutrition

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.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Nutrition

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.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Nutrition

SCIENCE BEHIND HEALTHY EATING

45–60 minutes
This activity focuses on helping students understand key nutrients in foods that will help them grow. Students will explore the science behind nutritious food choices and will discover what is happening inside of their bodies when they eat and how eating a diet with less-processed foods will lower their risk for noncommunicable diseases.
Virtual Activity
DIGITAL LESSON
Nutrition

PLANNING FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

45–60 minutes
Help put students on the path toward improving their eating habits as they learn how to apply dietary guidelines to nutritious meal plans they will create for themselves.
PRINT-BASED LESSONS
Nutrition

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.
Virtual Activity

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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 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.
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DIGITAL LESSON
Physical Activity

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.
DIGITAL LESSON
Physical Activity

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!
DIGITAL LESSON
Physical Activity

HEART PUMPING THEATRE

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.
Virtual Activity
STEM-ALIGNED LESSON
Physical Activity

ENERGY IN MOTION

45–60 minutes
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.
STEM-ALIGNED LESSON
Physical Activity

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.
Virtual Activity
STEM-ALIGNED LESSON
Physical Activity

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.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Physical Activity

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.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Physical Activity

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 exercises and participate in information stations about nutrition and seated physical activities.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Physical Activity

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!

KNOW THE SPECIFICS

DIGITAL LESSON
Know the Specifics

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.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Know the Specifics

I'M THIRSTY!

45–60 minutes
Students will learn about nutrition and different types of physical activities, including cardio and seated. In this activity, students will learn the essential role that water plays for the body. They will also learn how they can recognize the signs that their bodies need fluids in order to understand how to meet daily intake needs to promote good health.
Virtual Activity
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Know the Specifics

MOLECULE MODELS

45–60 minutes
Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the body processes glucose and how overconsumption of foods with added sugars can play a role in increasing the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Students will develop models of the glucose molecule.
Virtual Activity
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Know the Specifics

KEEP YOUR HEART PUMPING

45–60 minutes
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.
Virtual Activity
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Know the Specifics

BODY SYSTEMS

45–60 minutes
Students will learn about the body’s circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems and how they are connected and work together for human wellness.
Virtual Activity
DIGITAL LESSON
Know the Specifics

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.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

PRINT-BASED LESSON
Healthy Lifestyle

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.
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Healthy Lifestyle

BEDTIME

45–60 minutes
Students will learn how sleep affects almost every cell and function of our body, including blood pressure and cardiovascular health, and even affects the development of Type 2 diabetes. In this activity, students will learn about the importance of sleep in maintaining health and the effects that a lack of sleep can have on their overall health.
Virtual Activity
PRINT-BASED LESSON
Healthy Lifestyle

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.