A core principle of human health is the idea that health is not merely the absence of disease. Rather, health is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.
Tasked with developing a supplemental group coaching session to help current and former DPP participants maintain their health, I chose to focus my supplemental sessions on “slip-ups”, which was a term discussed during the first part of the DPP core curriculum.
When I practiced my sessions with my peers, the biggest barrier to physical activity was time, so I was somewhat blindsided when a participant last year informed me they were retired and had all the time in the world.
The way health education is approached when we are younger sets the stage for how we execute healthy habits later in life, which is why it’s so important to expose children to various health topics in school.
While facilitating health lessons for King Middle students I had to learn to adapt to changes in the timetable or variation in participation levels while still getting through all the content in the allotted time. This taught me to think on my feet and remain calm when things didn’t go exactly according to plan.
Children as young as two years old can benefit from the basics of health knowledge, but through my community teaching experience at King Middle School, I see clearly now that middle childhood is the developmental period where children may benefit the most from health education as this is the stage of life where we start to gain more independence and responsibility.
The four-course series aims to provide students with strategies and resources to play an active role in their own health, while also equipping them with the skills to promote the health of their peers.
"One lesson that stood out to me was when my partner and I were teaching the students about the relationship between physical activity and emotional health. Growing up, I never learned that physical activity has an effect on anything else but my physical health. However, in this lesson, we explored the effects that engaging in physical activity can have on our emotional well-being."
"As a sophomore at Emory, I began to realize the importance of adequately and accurately disseminating health information, along with my personal passion for teaching. Therefore, when I learned about the opportunity of creating and teaching health lessons for King Middle School, I was beyond excited."
Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series of blog posts written by Human Health students in the Health 1,2,3,4 program’s Health 497 course — Community Health Education Strategies. To see an overview of the program and this series, please…