Health Literacy: A Prescription To End Confusion
2004 Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
This report offers recommendations to health care providers, K-12 administrators, adult education and community organizations to institute programs to help those with low health literacy.
Services for Healthy Living
American Academy of Family Physicians
The choices you make about the way you live are important to your
health. Find preventive information for healthy living.
Literacy and Adult English Language Learners
This Q&A defines health literacy and its importance in the
United States and discusses implications for adult English language
learners, instructors, and programs.
In Other Words...Bridging Literacy and Language Differences for Better Health Outcomes
This article, from Oncall magazine, highlights the need for clear and concise information for ESOL learners on health literacy and offers tips on how to communicate effectively.
Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has developed a Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults. The Guide focuses on visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive challenges, strengths of older adults.
Health Literacy: New Field, New Opportunities
Learn about the challenges associated with low health literacy, meet some of the new health literacy practitioners in the field, hear about successful strategies and practices, and apply what you have learned to a challenging health literacy scenario. There is no fee for the course. Developed by World Education.
HELP (Health Education Literacy Program): Teaching Reading and Health Together
The Institute for Health Care Advancement’s curriculum can be used to help teach low level reading adults to better take care of themselves and their families.
Virginia Adult Education Health Literacy Toolkit
This toolkit is aimed to help adult education instructors and administrators understand the impact of poor health literacy on adult learners and provide effective instruction. Topics include: What is Health Literacy? Why is Health Literacy So Important? What Resources are Available?; as well as teaching tips.
Can Have Diabetes” Brochure
This brochure can be customized to include
Innovative adult/health education curricula
is included in this Harvard University site as well as links to
other web sites related to health and literacy.
Lung and Blood Institute’s Publications
This site is from the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute. It has information about heart, lung, and
blood diseases, asthma, cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking,
losing weight, and exercise. There are many healthy recipes. Most
brochures are easy-to-read, and some are in Spanish.
Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure
"You can do it!" is the message
in this action-packed guide. Follow step-by-step instructions
on how to achieve and maintain a lower blood pressure through
lifestyle and if prescribed, medication.
a Healthy Menu Using the Food Pyramid
Melissa M. Embacher
A detailed lesson plan for planning a complete and healthy meal.
Safety: A Web-based Instructional Resource
The units include fire safety, poisons,
when you leave home, and emergencies. Each unit has a worksheet
where you can check off the things you need to do. There are pictures,
definitions of vocabulary, and sound to make things easier to
This site contains several e-mail and web
projects that allow students from around the world to share information
and explore certain topics. Two projects relate to health. The
Food Project has colorful pictures of fruits and vegetables that
could enhance nutrition lessons for low-level readers.
This virtual town square has several store
fronts pictured on the home page leading to information about
a variety of community and family issues. This is easy to use
and the pictures make it student-friendly.