Watch From Knowledge to Action: Teaching Health Literacy
The New York City Health Literacy Campaign helps adults improve their health literacy skills. Students learn literacy skills such as reading, writing, and math in the context of health-related topics. The campaign also encourages students to use their new knowledge and skills take action outside the classroom.
Thanks to the Campaign’s nutrition lesson plans, students learn to decode nutrition labels, compare healthy and unhealthy options, and make informed choices in the corner grocery store – while raising awareness of the nutritional content of common beverages. An important health literacy skill is the ability to recognize which choices are better for your health and which choices are worse.
Students learn three key messages from the nutrition lessons:
- “Nutrition Facts” labels provide information needed to choose healthier drinks
- Healthier drinks have fewer calories, fats and sugars
- Students can be leaders in the City’s public health campaign by asking local store owners to sell healthier drinks.
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