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The Jefferson County Health Department’s Health Education Unit is proud to offer a variety of educational programs.

These age-appropriate presentations focus on:  physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use and control, consequences of methamphetamine use, life skills, and many others. 

Programs for grades K-2nd

Spikes Poison Prevention:  The goal of this course is to teach young children to always ask an adult before touching, tasting, or smelling a potentially poisonous substance.  Participants will learn to identify at least 2 places in teh home where dangerous substances may be located.

Healthy Teeth/Healthy Me:  The goal of this course is to teach children how to keep teeth healthy.  Germs and the need to wash hands and brush teeth to remove germs will be discussed as well as healthy snacks and going to the dentist.

Safety On the Go:  This program is designed to teach children ages 4-6 how to ride in a car, ride a bike and play outside safely.  Discussion also includes crossing streets and the dangers of playing in and around cars.

Sun Safety:  In this class, children will be introduced to the five ways to protect their skin from the sun.  Positive and negative affects of the sun will also be discussed.

Germs are not for Sharing:  The goal of this course is to teach children how to reduce the spread of germs through proper hand washing, proper coughing technique, and how to keep their properly washed hands clean.

Traffic Safety:  In this course, children will learn safety rules to protect themselves and their families when in cars, on bikes, and walking.  Traffic rules and bike helmet use will also be discussed.

I try New Foods:  In this course, children will learn to identify familiar foods by shape, color, and texture.  The taste buds and different areas of the tongue will also be discussed.

Fruits and Vegetables-How They Grow:  In this course, children will learn about and how to identify fruits and vegetables.  They will also learn the need to eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables everyday for good health.  Where fruits and vegetables grow will also be discussed.

OrganWise Guys:  The goal of this course is to teach children about healthy nutrition and physical activity and how it affects the body.  In this course, children will learn to make healthy food choices that includes fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, the importance of water in the diet, and the importance of physical activity to have a healthy body.

MyPlate:  This course is an exploration of the different food groups and how each group contributes to creating a healthy body.

Go, Slow and Whoa Foods-  In this program children learn about three food groups (Go, Slow, and Whoa) and how to recognize what foods are healthy for their growing bodies.  

Programs for grades 3rd-5th

MyPlate:  This course is an exploration of the different food groups and how each group contributes to creating a healthy body.

"Fun" tastic Nutrition: is a 6-week nutrition education program designed for 3rd and 4th grade students. Each sixty minute class is an interactive exploration of various health topics facilitated by our Registered Dietitian. Students will learn about MyPlate, the digestive system, heart health, how to read a food label, calcium and healthy snacking basics. Results will be measured by pre- and post- testing. Show-Me Standards and MAP skills are emphasized in all lessons.

Sneakers: Nutritionally sound eating practices, cardiovascular health, and fitness principles are the focus of this 4-week class designed specifically for 3rd grade students. This course includes 4, one-hour interactive sessions. Kids will learn the importance of healthy habits and exercise from the course instructor. Exercise logs and individual goals, visual demonstrations, and 15 minutes of exercise that target the body system studied that day will be part of each class. Results will be measured by pre- and post- testing. Teachers also will receive student feedback and evaluations. Show-Me Standards and MAP skills are emphasized in all lessons. Sneakers can be adapted to fit the individual needs of your school. 

Tar Wars:  Tobacco Use, No Thanks!:  This one hour tobacco prevention program created by the American Academy of Family Physicians focuses on peer pressure and refusal skills as well as how tobacco advertising tries to manipulate youth.

Healthy Habits- Healthy Habits is a presentation for children entering puberty to help them to understand how their bodies are beginning to change and the added personal responsibility that is required to care for their bodies.  Basic life long healthy habits are discussed and personal responsibility is encouraged. 

Programs for grades 6th-12th

Fast Food, Fat Food: This is an interactive, 60 minute presentation that shines a light on the hidden fats and sugars found in commonly consumed foods and drinks.

Heroin:  This presentation, approximately 30-45 minutes in duration, discusses the harmful physical effects of this drug as well as the extremely addictive nature of heroin.  Students will also learn of signs or symptoms that may indicate a friend could need help as well as resources they may refer friends to or can seek for themselves if necessary.  Additionally, this presentation addresses the significant connection between prescription drug abuse and heroin use

Alcohol 101:  This educational presentation addresses what alcohol is and how it affects the body, specifically the central nervous system.  Alcohol's temporary and potentially permanent negative effects are discussed, including the risks of youth drinking under the age of 21.  Students will also learn of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.  This presentation lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.

Marijuana:  Students will learn in this presentation what marijuana is and how it affects the human body.  The health risks associated with marijuana will be addressed in addition to combatting common myths about this drug.  While this drug is highly integrated into society and media messages, students will gain a better understanding of how to resist the misconception that marijuana is acceptable to use because "it's just pot".  This presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Methamphetamine:  This 30 minute presentation focuses strongly on how methamphetamine affects the human brain as well as the other parts of the human body.  The long term, potentially irreversible, effects are emphasized as well.  Additionally, students will learn of signs that may indicate a friend may need help, resources to which individuals can be referred, and also how to confidentially report suspicious drug activity.

ABC's of Tobacco:  This one hour tobacco prevention program discusses how tobacco affects the Air and Body, as well as discusses the Costs associated with tobacco use. 

Tobacco Use and Influence:  This one hour tobacco prevention program addresses refusal skills and the marketing of tobacco, as well as the dangerous effects to your health.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases:  This course gives some history and statistics of STD’s. Participants will learn the names of the most common STD’s, symptoms for males and females, view visual aids of actual cases, and learn who is at high risk for which disease. Participants will also learn how STD’s are spread and treated, prevention techniques, and what tests and clinics are available to help.

Healthy Habits- Healthy Habits is a presentation for children entering puberty to help them to understand how their bodies are beginning to change and the added personal responsibility that is required to care for their bodies.  Basic life long healthy habits are discussed and personal responsibility is encouraged. 

Adults

Sexually Transmitted Diseases:  This course gives some history and statistics of STD’s. Participants will learn the names of the most common STD’s, symptoms for males and females, view visual aids of actual cases, and learn who is at high risk for which disease. Participants will also learn how STD’s are spread and treated, prevention techniques, and what tests and clinics are available to help.

Diet & Diabetes:  This is a 60 minute program that educates the public about diabetes and a carbohydrate controlled diet plan.

Nutrition 101:  Biting Into a Healthy Lifestyle- This course addresses the common myth that it is too expensive to eat healthy. In one hour, the basics of healthy eating and meal planning are discussed. Those attending the presentation will learn tips and tricks that will help people of all income levels afford nutritious food.

Nutrition for Your Toddler: Parents, this presentation is for you! Learn how you can optimize your child's health and positively influence his/her future eating behaviors during this one hour presentation. Nutrient needs during infancy and through the toddler years are discussed as well as ways to handle the most common mealtime battles.

Fast Food, Fat Food: This is an interactive, 60 minute presentation that shines a light on the hidden fats and sugars found in commonly consumed foods and drinks.

Eating Healthy on the Go- This course is designed for adults with busy families and lifestyles. Course participants learn the basics of healthy eating and ways to incorporate nutrition recommendations into a hectic schedule.

Communication:  This course focuses on understanding the importance of communication in strengthening relationships. Through various hands-on activities, participants will be introduced to different communication models and learn to communicate with one another more effectively. Participants will learn communication techniques by watching a video. They will have an opportunity to reinforce verbal, nonverbal and reflective listening skills through group role play situations.  This course can be adapted for workplace or family settings.

Stress Management:  This course provides participants the opportunity to recognize some indicators of stress and stressors in their lives, information to identify the signs and symptoms of stress, and ideas for positive ways to eliminate or reduce stress. Participants will spend time during the session practicing stress reduction techniques. They will write a goal to address how to reduce stress in their life.  This course can be adapted for workplace or family settings.

Food Allergy:  This course discusses the difference between an allergy and food intolerance, risk factors, signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options for those with food allergies.  Participants will learn how to prepare food and sanitation techniques to prevent cross contamination.  Label reading will also be discussed to teach participants how allergens can be masked in different foods or unexpected places.

Positive Discipline:  This course presents a perspective toward child discipline and guidance that considers the unique needs of different situations and different ages. It will provide participants with ideas on how to discipline and guide children in a positive and healthy way for child development.

Secondhand Smoke & Your Health:  This class discusses in detail how secondhand smoke affects your entire body. It also teaches the participant what thirdhand smoke is and the dangers it presents.  The health effects all tobacco products are discussed including other tobacco devices such as e-cigarettes and hookahs.  

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For more information about Health Education topics and trainings, or to schedule a class, call (636)797-3737.

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