HEAL Curricula Support Mental, Emotional, and Physical Wellbeing for Teachers, Students, and Family Members.
HEAL Curricula are Evidence-Based and designed to address relevant age-appropriate needs that support overall health and academic performance. HEAL develops and utilizes active games, workbooks, calendars, and technology. These materials promote healthy eating, active living, sleep, reading habits, self-worth, family bonding, and concern for others. The HEAL staff perform regular assessments to evaluate efficacy and to adapt new methods and materials that support teachers and to ensure optimal outcomes.
HEAL Methods and Materials are implemented in grades 2nd through 12th as well as college.
- HEAL for Elementary Schools: Because lifestyle behaviors that lead to chronic diseases often begin by age ten, and since children today often represent a third generation of unhealthy behaviors, the bedrock HEAL intervention is directed at elementary schools. This comprehensive year-long curriculum is taught in physical education classes and promotes good nutrition, physical activity/exercise, sleep, self-worth and respect for others. By teaching healthy behaviors, HEAL helps children prevent diseases before dangerous health habits are established.
- HEAL for Middle Schools and High Schools: HEAL curriculum is integrated into physical education, family and consumer sciences, and health classes and continues to support the student’s health journey with relevant wellness components and provide an opportunity for practice.
- HEAL for College: This college-credited curriculum is taught in the core health class and focuses on healthy behaviors such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and self-worth. Other campus-wide HEAL programs, such as Wellness Week and HEAL clubs, empower students to achieve optimal health in University settings.
- HEAL at HOME: This component provides family engagement resources and materials that help build a Healthy Eating Active Living support system outside of school.
HEAL offers Professional Development for teachers.
Professional development and personal enrichment training opportunities are provided to support teachers throughout the year. HEAL professional development trainings qualify for continuing education units.
HEAL is adapted for COVID-19 Quarantine
HEAL uses digital access, creative distribution, and multiple communication channels to assist teachers, families, and students implement HEAL at HOME.
- HEAL is recognized by the Alabama State Departments of Public Health and Education as satisfying 7 out of 10 federal wellness components, as well as surpassing state education standards. These agencies confirmed that “schools using HEAL have an advantage.
- HEAL has partnered with Alabama’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and is charged with promoting this impact health on academics and literacy.
- HEAL teacher training qualifies as state professional development hours and continuing education units.
- Walker County Community Foundation credits HEAL for helping move Walker County from 67th (last place) to 58th in Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings.
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