October may be the month to celebrate explorers and dinosaurs, but we can’t forget that it’s also health literacy month! Health literacy is all about sharing health information in a way that’s understandable to others. It can be a particular challenge to find accessible, relevant, and interesting content to help students increase their health literacy, but we’ve got some suggestions to help you get started!
Health Literacy Messages
The Walking Classroom exposes children to all the wonderful benefits of physical activity, and ultimately empowers them to take charge of their own health! Each podcast begins with a brief health literacy message — for example, the connection between exercise and cognitive function, the importance of sleep, empty calories vs. protein calories, etc. The messages are conveyed within the context of the conversation and are not “heavy-handed.” Each time children listen to a podcast, their health literacy builds and their ability to make informed healthy choices improves. Students have the opportunity to hear over 100 different health messages during the course of the school year – that’s a lot of new knowledge about making good choices and living a healthy life! Click here to read more about the health messages and grab some great resources to support your students in healthy choices.
There are many Walking Classroom podcasts that are perfect for diving deeper into the importance of good health and improving students’ knowledge and understanding of what it means to make healthy choices. There are also podcasts on some of the individuals in history who were responsible for improvements in the areas of health and medicine.
Human Body’s Slimy Shields (4-#4, STEM-#29, Combined-#127)
Skin (4-#5, STEM-#30, Combined-#126)
Heart & Circulatory System (4-#6, STEM-#31, Combined-#128)
Dr. Charles Drew (4-#7, STEM-#43, Combined-#161)
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (4-#15, STEM-#40, Combined-#155)
The Mayo Family & Mayo Clinic (4-#18, STEM-#42)
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (4-#19, STEM-#41, Combined-#167)
Dr. Christiaan Barnard (4-#20, STEM-#44, Combined-#154)
Clara Barton (4-#14, STEM-#39, Combined-#94)
Is there a particular health literacy message that has resonated with your students?