This document contains health lesson plans on a variety of topics. The content is intended for use by health educators, and the target audience of the materials varies from elementary aged children to older adults.
Each lesson plan has a topic overview, time and format information, Healthy People 2020 Objectives, National Health Education Standards information, learning objectives, key concepts and terms, materials needed, and teaching steps.
This material was developed by Plymouth State University students as a part of their coursework for Promoting Health Across the Lifespan, in fall 2017 with Dr. Barbara McCahan.
Materials are Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license except where otherwise indicated.
Chapter 1 Getting and Staying Active for Sedentary Young Adults p. 1
This lesson plan is designed to increase physical activity and healthy behaviors in sedentary young adults. The content is intended for college students.
Goals Setting and Time Management for Increasing Physical Activity by Thomas Oliveira p. 3
Heart Rate and RPE by Trevor Scappatura p. 10
Running for a Better Mood by Lauren Walsh p. 16
Social Connections and Physical Activity by Kendra Danby p. 25
Chapter 2 Physical Activity in Older Adults p. 32
This lesson plan is designed to increase physical activity and healthy behaviors to older and aging adults. The content is intended for older adults.
Importance of Strength Training for Older Adults by Justin Jannini p. 33
Let’s Flex by Lillian O’Connor p. 38
Reduce Your Fear of Falling by Kelsey Wang p. 46
Up Your Heart Rate, Up Your Life by Louisa Noble p. 62
Chapter 3 Plant Based Diet p. 71
This lesson plan is designed to introduce the benefits of a vegetarian or plant based diet in the context of disease prevention. The content is intended for college students.
Body Builder’s Guide to Building Body with Body Building Plants by Danielle Oswald p. 72
Lean Mean Veggie Machines Protecting the Environment by Danielle Cummings p. 104
Portion Sizes by Rayanne Lepisto p. 116
Valuable Veggies by Andrea Gilbert p. 138
Chapter 4 Preventing Communicable Disease p. 146
This lesson plan is designed to introduce the importance of communicable disease prevention and to increase understanding of common cold and allergy signs and symptoms. The content is intended for college students.
Another Cold? by Ali Garofano p. 147
Foodborne Illnesses by Sarah Knowles p. 154
Hand-washing, Sneezing and Coughing Techniques by Skyla Gorman p. 163
Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Among Young Adults by Ayla Sheets p. 176
Chapter 5 Positive Pals p. 185
This lesson plan is designed to introduce body positivity, self-confidence, and healthy behaviors to school aged children. The content is intended for elementary aged children.
Every Unique Body is Okay by Kayla Gould p. 186
You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are by Marissa Merrill p. 192
Finding Confidence Through Physical Activity by Simone Murray p. 201
Mindful Meditation by Natalie Lydon p. 207
Chapter 6 Stress Management for College Students p. 211
This lesson plan is designed to introduce strategies for stress management. The content is intended for college students.
Control Your Stress by Sydney Wacht p. 212
Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Your Average Stressed-Out College Student by Danielle Ahern p. 218
Stopping Stress in Its Tracks by Jennifer Marcus p. 224
Chapter 7 Stress Management for Working Adults p. 231
This lesson plan is designed to introduce mindfulness and meditation strategies for stress management in the workplace. The content is intended for working adults.
Beat Stress! by Emily Longolucco p. 232
Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Yoga by Kate Demeritt p. 239
Journaling Through Stress Management by Kailee Joncas p. 245
Workplace Mindfulness by Tyler Wilkinson p. 250
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