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Lesson 7: Habits for Good Health


In this lesson, students review habits that can keep them healthy. They begin by brainstorming a list of behaviors that contribute to personal health, then focus on the behaviors of taking care of teeth, keeping clean, getting enough rest, protecting skin from sun damage, and taking steps to help prevent infectious disease. They discuss why protecting personal health is important, then conduct a self-assessment to evaluate their own healthy habits. They work in small groups to create a list of simple guidelines to help make these behaviors healthy habits, and design posters to remind and encourage peers to practice the healthy behaviors..

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of personal health care practices such as tooth brushing and flossing, washing hair and bathing regularly. 
  2. Explain why sleep and rest are important for proper growth and good health. 
  3. Describe ways to prevent harmful effects of the sun.
  4. Describe ways to prevent the spread of germs that cause infectious diseases.

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • PHW-1: Practice appropriate hygiene habits.
  • PHW-2: Get an appropriate amount of sleep and rest.
  • PHW-4: Prevent damage from the sun.
  • PHW-5: Practice behaviors that prevent infectious diseases.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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