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Health Literacy Curriculum Resources

 Staying Healthy for Beginners: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living (Teacher's Guide), is a curriculum that seeks to enhance students' understanding of health information, while at the same time improving their English language and literacy skills. The resource is a beginner’s addition to the original Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living. Go to http://lincs.ed.gov/professional-development/resource-collections/profile-770

The Staying Healthy Student Resource Book is at http://www.floridaliteracy.org/shfb.pdf

Queens Library Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL Learners, written for a library-based class to improve English language skills in the context of learning about health, at


Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit was created by a hospital social worker and ESOL educator, to offer explanations, tips, materials, and links to help ESOL teachers and programs better understand and address the health literacy challenges faced by adult English language learners in U.S. health care at http://www.valrc.org/toolkit/

Your Health: The Science Inside, a booklet to be used to help students build important health literacy skills at http://ehrweb01.aaas.org/science-inside/files/2012/03/YourHealth.pdf

Small Steps to Health and Wealth™, a program designed to motivate consumers to implement behavior change strategies that simultaneously improve their health and personal finances, at http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/

MedlinePlus.gov Provides Health Information

Are you familiar with MedlinePlus.gov at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

It's the National Institutes of Health's award-winning website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus.gov provides reliable information about conditions, diseases and healthy living. MedlinePlus.gov is available in Spanish, too at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/


“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”

The National Nutrition Month 2013 theme is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" is a great reminder to eat healthy. Ideas to demonstrate the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits, find a toolkit, handouts, tip sheets, and interactive quizzed and games, go to http://www.eatright.org/nnm/promotionalresources/#.UcScK_k4t8E

Check out more resources to help you develop good eating habits:


Resources for Health Prevention

Under the health care law, many insurers are required to cover certain preventive services at no cost to you, including vaccines, mammograms, cancer screenings, and more. Use the resources below to learn more about prevention and spread the word.

To find lists of preventive services for adults, women and children go to http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/07/preventive-services-list.html

To learn more about immunization or where to get your flu shot  go to http://www.vaccines.gov/


Flu Vaccine Resources Available

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It's recommended for most individuals, ages six months and older.

Get answers to common questions about the flu vaccine, including locations where you can get it at http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/vaccination/index.html#

Here are some other ways to avoid getting the flu and passing it to others:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• Practice good health habits (get adequate sleep, exercise, eat healthy, and drink plenty of fluids).
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• If you have the flu, stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever has returned to normal without the use of fever-reducing medications.

HHS Launches Healthy People 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, and “myHealthyPeople,” a new challenge for technology application developers.
For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving the quality of our nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions.
HHS is also launching a newly redesigned Healthy People Web site that allows users to tailor information to their needs and explore evidence-based resources for implementation. The Web site is located at
: www.healthypeople.gov.

Read more about the Healthy People 2020 framework and the press release.

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