All grant recipients engage students in at least one health-related project, coordinated jointly by teachers and students. These project-based learning activities engage and empower students to utilize the information they learned in the classroom and apply it in a larger context.
Video of 2016-17 Grantee Projects:
Here are some samples of projects that our grant partners have done.
New Beginnings (Flagler County Schools) coordinated with a local elementary school to plant, maintain, and harvest a vegetable garden. They used the fresh produce in healthy recipes and developed their own cookbook.
East and West Area Adult School trained and certified thirty students in Adult CPR.
The Parent Academy of St. Lucie County did a science lab using clear plastic tubing, Play-Doh and food-colored water to demonstrate what happens when arteries get blocked.
CommonUnity hosted a class on coupon clipping for healthy foods and then went on a field trip to the grocery store to demonstrate how to eat healthy on a budget.
Several other programs have taken field trips to the Florida Blue Center, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, hospitals, fire stations, county agencies, and exercise facilities.
At Jump Start Family Literacy Academy of Immokalee, 4 and 5 year olds took swimming lessons at the Immokalee pool in the Sports Complex.
Literacy Volunteers of Gadsden County implemented a “Biggest Loser” contests based on the healthy eating section of Staying Healthy. It resulted in the group of 46 losing a total of 650 pounds and 1,000 waistline inches.
After a lesson on BMI and a healthy weight, the Florida State College at Jacksonville distributed pedometers and hosted a competition to see who could walk 10,000 steps/day.
Health Fairs and Guest Presenters
Host a health fair, block party, or community bazaar partnering with community organizations to provide Body Mass Index education, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol checks, diabetes information, nutrition guidelines, etc.
Have students present on special topics in health literacy that aren’t in the curriculum to the whole class.
The Adult Learning Center of Osceola had an extremely successful health fair with many county agencies and organizations sharing information. ESOL students at all levels participated and took valuable resources home.
Many programs have invited guests to speak to their programs. These include doctors, nurses, dentists, WIC representatives, diabetes specialists, massage therapists, and fire fighters.
S.B. Idea developed a reference book about the health knowledge they learned and provided sample dialogues between providers and their patients.
Health Recipe Books
Have students make favorite family recipes using healthy ingredients, and develop a recipe book. Host a food tasting; get students to develop daily/weekly healthy menus to post on YouTube.
Students at DeSoto County Education Foundation were part of an interactive nutrition project that included research, grocery shopping, and a cooking lesson.
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County created a student cookbook. This cookbook is comprised of recipes from the native countries of the adult learners. As a class, students adapted recipes to include healthier ingredients.
Orlando Tech created a sample weekly menu for people with diabetes that was researched and compiled by the students. As part of the project, students gave an oral presentation about diabetes and the menu they created to another class at their center.
Students from Florida State College at Jacksonville took favorite recipes, made healthy substitutions, and gathered to share them.
East and West Area Schools (Polk County Educational Foundation) created meal plans in small groups and included new healthy recipe options.
Posters and Presentations:
The Parent Academy of St. Lucie County assigned students to groups to investigate health topics of their choice and educated their classmates about them.
Manatee Technical College created poster collages with examples of foods to eat and what not to eat.
World Relief in Jacksonville created instructional videos on hand washing, how to read a medicine label, and demonstrating the amount of sugar contained in one can of soda.
During pilot testing for the grant, Orlando Tech created Staying Healthy (.mov) a movie written and acted out by the students. As part of the project, the teacher arranged for this movie to play on a looping basis on the school’s CCTV system.
Orlando Tech also created the Doctor Song (.mp4). This is a song written and performed by the students. As part of the project, the class performed for another class at the center.
Students from Motivational Edge created and produced a rap regarding health knowledge and nutrition.