The New York City Health Literacy Campaign includes many teachers across the City who are helping adults to improve their health literacy skills. They are using state-of-the-art lesson plans and encouraging students to take action outside the classroom.
We began the Health Literacy Campaign in early 2007 by asking students and teachers which health issues they wanted to work on. We learned that students wanted to know more about disease prevention and early detection, nutrition, and physical activity. Teachers wanted their students to have the chance to act upon new knowledge and skills.
Teachers and health care experts worked with us to write model lesson plans. The lessons teach functional literacy skills such as reading, writing, and math in the context of health-related topics. Each lesson also includes a class trip for students to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom. After the field trip, students reflect on their experiences and practice presenting information to others.
The 2008-2009 Health Literacy Campaign
This year's Health Literacy Campaign will include the same three topics: Prevention and Detection, Be Active, and Nutrition. We made changes to the lesson plans and field trips based on feedback from teachers and students.
Learn more about Prevention and Detection
Learn more about Be Active
Learn more about Nutrition
Watch From Knowledge to Action: Teaching Health Literacy