Youth Education Programs

What We Do

Hult Center for Healthy Living is a nonprofit organization whose youth health education classes supplement the health education efforts of Illinois schools, as well as for families, civic groups, youth organizations, and social agencies.  Our team of dedicated professional Health Education Specialists offer programs for Pre-K through high school students designed to meet your classroom objectives, as well as Illinois State Goals for learning.  We charge a nominal fee for our in-house and outreach programs.  Many of our programs can be tailored to fit your students’ needs. If you serve youth with special needs, we are able to adapt our health education programs to fit the needs of your class and/or students.

Contact us at 309-692-6650 or info@hulthealthy.org for more information and scheduling.

Health Education Theaters

Our signature health education programs are based around the four teaching theaters here at Hult Center where health education comes alive! Theatres include: General Health featuring TAM, our Transparent Anatomical Manikin, Nutrition Education, Reproductive Health, and Substance Abuse Prevention.  Participants are able to see and hear larger-than-life electronic displays, audio-visual presentations, and explore interactive models. The multi-sensory input experience of our classrooms not only improves retention, but it does it in an exciting and unique way.  Consider our classrooms a resource available for your students in central Illinois and an interesting experience with few facilities like it in the Midwest.

General Health Education Programs:

  • Your Amazing Body!:  Grades Pre-K-K. Your Amazing Body!  highlights the wonders of the human body through educational lessons and hands-on activities. Our professional Health Education Specialists will provide two programs, with outreach and field trip options available. Groups will be provided a menu of health education program options to choose from, including Social Emotional Learning, Dental, Nutrition, and Exercise. If students come to the Hult Center they will experience education come to life in our teaching theaters. Lessons will be reinforced and student interest will be captured by displays, and interactive models that can be explored. (30 minutes)
  • Tooth or Consequences: Grades Pre-K-1. Participants will learn how to properly brush and floss their teeth using hands-on dental models, learn how many times a day to brush and floss, and the importance of proper nutrition as it relates to dentals hygiene. Each child will also receive their own dental health bag including a new toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss! (45 minutes)
  • Super Kids: Grades K-1. Topics include: uniqueness of each individual, food groups, dental health, healthy behaviors, skeletal system, and Social Emotional concepts. (60 minutes)
  • Healthy Adventure Series
    • Grades 2 to 3: Topics include: how to care for our bodies with healthy choices, using food groups for provide nutrition education, Mary the Mandible for dental health education, Seymore Bones to explain the skeletal system, and our larger-than-life models to understand our five senses and how to care for them. (60 minutes)
    • Grades 3 to 4: Topics include: cells, organs & body systems, digestive system and healthy nutrition, care and respect for the human body. This program includes an interactive physical activity component. (90 minutes)
  • Heart Adventure: Grades 4 to 5. Topics include: cells, organs & body systems, with a focus on the respiratory and circulatory systems.  Students will have the opportunity to run, scoot and dribble their way through the “Heart Adventure challenge course” where students are encouraged to raise their heart rate as they are racing through a series of tubes designed to show the flow of blood through the body. (90 minutes)
  • Growing Up, Growing Strong: Grades 4 to 5. This program includes a general discussion of “adolescence” and explains how the brain and body change during adolescence. Hygiene health including perspiration, oily skin, and oral health are discussed, as well as body systems associated with growth and development, including the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasizes responsibility for our bodies and health including proper nutrition and exercise. This program includes an interactive physical activity component. (90 minutes) *See Sexual and Reproductive Health Education programs for more enhanced programs in this content area.
  • CATCH-y Lifestyles: Grades 5 to 8. This program utilizes concepts from the evidence-based curriculum CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health. This program is a deeper dive into the nutrients of MyPlate, including protein, fat, and carbohydrates, nutrient dense vs empty calorie foods, importance of fiber and calcium, portion sizes, and emphasizes the importance of daily exercise. This program includes an interactive physical activity component. (90 minutes)
  • Your MEGA Brain!: Grades 6 to 8. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of the brain, including where our emotions come from and the fight or flight response, and how to self-regulate when trying to manage emotions. This program features the MEGA BRAIN, larger than life exhibit. (90 minutes)
  • Safe Sitter: Grades 6 to 8. The purpose of the Safe Sitter program is to provide students with the crucial skills and knowledge needed in order to best prepare them for future babysitting roles and responsibilities. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role playing exercises. Students will learn various safety, child care, first aid and rescue, and life and business skills. Learn more about Safe Sitter classes here. (5 ½ hours with no CPR and 6 ½ hours with CPR)

Substance Abuse Prevention Programs:

  • Drugs: Choice or Chance: Grades 4 to 5. Topics discussed include tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. Also teaches students how to deal with peer pressure. This program engages critical thinking and student interaction through Turning Technologies© response system. (90 minutes)
  • Decisions: It’s Up to You: Grades 8 to 12. Topics include addiction, consequences of drug use, including alcohol, marijuana and current drugs in the news; how to deal with peer pressure. This program engages critical thinking and student interaction through Turning Technologies© response system. (90 minutes)
  • Generation Rx: Grades 9 to 12. Impact of prescription drugs on the body, dangers of prescription drug use/abuse, opioids, CNS depressants, stimulants, over-the-counter drugs. Students also learn about the dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs through an interactive activity. This program engages student interaction through Turning Technologies© response system and is great to pair with the virtual Prescription Drug Safety Program. (45 minutes)
  • Steroids & Supplements in Sports: Grades 6 to 12. A competitive “game” using interactive Turning Technologies© remotes; students learn and answer competitive questions about anabolic steroids, supplements, diet and exercise. (45 minutes)
  • Marijuana 101: What You Need To Know! Grades 7 through 12. This 45-60 minute program is adapted from the Stanford Medicine Cannabis/Marijuana Awareness & Prevention Toolkit. This program is designed to help students learn basic information about how using cannabis/marijuana products influences their brain development and identify how using cannabis/marijuana can interfere with the learning of life skills. Through learning about addiction, students will process how using cannabis/marijuana can get in the way of finding out what can bring them pleasure. Students will also learn about refusal skills and social media impacts.
  • Vaping 101: What You Need To Know! Grades 7 through 12. This 45-60 minute program is adapted from the Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit. It is designed to increase knowledge about basic facts of e-cigarettes and the harm they cause. This interactive program will help students gain knowledge of strategies manufacturers and sellers of e-cigarettes utilize to increase use among young people and skills to refuse experimentation and use of e-cigarettes. Students will also learn about addiction social media impacts.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Programs:

Hult Center provides a variety of comprehensive, age-appropriate reproductive and sexual health education programs that align with National Sexuality Education Standards. Our most popular programs are listed below.

  • Puberty I: Exploring Changes: Grades 4 to 5. This co-ed program provides the foundation for understanding the general changes that happen during puberty and how to navigate healthy choices as their bodies grow and develop during adolescence. Topic areas include: how the brain and body changes during adolescence, including the endocrine, musculoskeletal, and reproductive systems. Responsibility for our own bodies and health is explained as a part of growing up. Youth will also learn healthy choices associated with growing strong, including proper nutrition and exercise. Youth will participate in an obstacle course for the physical activity portion of the program. (90 minutes)
  • Puberty II: Navigating Changes: Grades 4 to 5. This sex-specific program helps students further understand what changes their reproductive system will experience, with a deeper understanding of how to manage and navigate some of these reproductive changes. (60 minutes)
    • Female System Program: Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system and discussion of common hygiene products.
    • Male System Program: Anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive system and discussion of common hygiene products.
  • Human Reproduction and Pregnancy: Grades 6 to 7. This co-ed program provides an introduction to genetics, an overview of the male and female reproductive systems, fertilization, conception, fetal growth and development, childbirth, and an introduction to pregnancy prevention, including abstinence. (90 minutes)
  • Teen Talk: Grades 7 to 8. This co-ed program discusses sexual health and provides skill-based prevention education, including prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Topics include: review of male and female reproductive systems and pregnancy prevention methods, including abstinence and birth control; modes of infection transmission, STI prevention methods, signs & symptoms, and treatment of bacterial and viral STIs including HIV. (60 minutes)
  • Let’s Talk: Puberty: Caregivers and their youth Grades 4 to 6. This is a dual-program teaches caregivers and their youth how to navigate the changes of puberty and how to stay healthy during this life-changing process. Youth and adults will attend an introductory segment together where they will learn some of the general changes that happen to everyone during puberty. Following this introduction, youth and adults will be separated to dive deeper into the topic of puberty; adults will attend Let’s Talk: Puberty, where they will learn how to navigate conversations with their adolescent(s) during this time of change. Youth will attend Growing Up, Growing Strong, where they will learn general health education and how to navigate healthy choices as their bodies grow and develop during adolescence. This program does NOT include education for youth about the reproductive system changes during puberty. The adult portion of the program will discuss how to navigate these conversations and changes with youth.

Our staff is equipped with the training for provide education for all grades K through 12, and can help your school or group assess what program best suits your needs, as well as provide Professional Development and Technical Assistance to support comprehensive sexual health education in your school. For additional sexual health education support or consultation, please call 309-692-6650 or email info@hulthealthy.org.

Mental Health Education Programs:

  • Youth Mental Health Matters: Grades K to 5. Programs are tailored to be age-appropriate and align with Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards. Groups will be provided a menu of Social Emotional Learning topics to choose from that address foundations of mental health, including self-regulation, decision-making, self-awareness, building relationships, and social awareness. (30 minutes)
  • Suicide Prevention Programming: Grades 5 to 12. This program will help train youth on suicide prevention best practices and local and national resources. Individuals will learn to identify suicidal behaviors and learn how to reach out and/or ask for help through innovative, practical, and proven strategies for recognizing the signs of crisis. (60 minutes)

Our staff is equipped with the training for provide education for all grades K through 12, and can help your school or group assess what program best suits your needs, as well as provide Professional Development and Technical Assistance to support mental health education in your school. For additional mental health education support or consultation, please call 309-692-6650 or email info@hulthealthy.org.

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