How to be Healthy Campaign

Your school district needs to improve attendance. One of the common reasons students miss school is due to illness. A major focus to address the problem is to improve individual behavior. Your class is to design campaigns to teach healthy habits that promote good health. Select a single topic. Develop a message and program for an age group: elementary, intermediate 3-5, middle school 6-8, high school 9-12. The campaign may use print, web based and/or multimedia resources.

* Conduct a survey of your class.

What is their yearly absenteeism rate? Chart the results.

Why did they miss school? Make some general categories: illness, appointment, travel...

* What is your state's health ranking? Check it out on the interactive map at America's Health Rankings

* Create a marketing campaign with several specific steps to better health.

Your campaign must state the problem.

Explain why/how it is a problem.

What is your school's absenteeism rate for students? (Hint: Your school's annual No Child Left Behind Report card will give you that number. This is a public document.)

Set a SMART goal - (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results oriented, Time related.)

Strive to make the program appealing to the age group you have chosen. Think from the child's perspective.

Show them the benefits of your suggestions.

Be realistic. (Your approach should be "doable" in the real world.)

Be cost effective. (Giving each kid an expensive reward for better health is out.)

Proof the project. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. smiling icon

As a class - Evaluate the campaign projects.

Present the winning project to your student council, your school's administration or the School Board.

 

Resources:

Avonworth middle-schoolers' anti-viral video catches on TribuneReview H1N1 Prevention Mission Possible

Washup.org | Immunization map | Dental Health Only action produces change | Writing to persuade

Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama

The Yes Men - Examine this approach to dealing with an important issue. Satire Examples: WTO/GATT | Dow- Union Carbide | Ice Age PetitionExamine the Data on overweight teens - use the source noted on the form to update the data then complete the exercise. Time use of Teens activity | Images as Messages | Hunger in America

Government, Statistics and the Media

Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together. gold starWatch Google Docs video TAI - How could you use free, Google Docs to do a project? How would this facilitate group projects?

"Behold the turtle for he does not move forward without sticking out his neck." PBL site / Rubric template - teacher resource

Food + Activity = Weight & Health / Healthy County Video / Concussion and Head Injury Action Project

Problem Based Learning Projects / Internet Hunts / Nature / Computers / Pennsylvania Projects / Puzzles & Projects / Site map / Home

developed by Cynthia J. O'Hora Released to public domain and Posted 8/2006