Youth Education Programs

What We Do

The 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.  We offer programs for Pre-K through high school students on many health related topics.  Our programs are designed to meet your classroom objectives, as well as Illinois State Goals for learning.  Our signature health education programs are based around the five teaching theaters here at the Hult Center – General Health, TAM, Nutrition, Family Life, and Substance Abuse Prevention.  Most of our signature health education programs can go on the road and be implemented in schools throughout central Illinois via our outreach programming.  We charge a nominal fee for our in-house and outreach programs (see page 5 for our 2016-2017 Education Program Fees).  Many of our programs can be tailored to fit your students’ needs. If you have a special needs class, we are able to tailor our 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.

How Many We Serve

In 2015, our youth health education programs served over 52,000 individuals in Pre-K through high school.

Who Provides the Services

Our team of dedicated professionals is composed of individuals with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a health related field.  Many of the Hult Center educators are Certified

Health Education Theaters

Health education comes alive in our five spacious theaters.  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.

We also have special theme months!  Throughout the year, Hult focuses on three different areas in addition to our regular classes. Additional activities and take-home materials add to our presentation, making it more fun to learn for you and your students.  Call and register for these special programs offed only during these months.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? To see about a program designed specifically for your audience, please contact Holly at (309) 692-6650 or hbill@hulthealthy.org.

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 educators will provide two programs on-site in each classroom (Option of coming to Hult). Programs will emphasize the 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. This multisensory approach is designed to enhance overall retention of the material. All programs will be approximately 30 minutes in length and utilize methods and materials appropriate for the pre-k school child.
  • My Special Body: Pre-K to 1. *Please note-program is only available in March and can be scheduled for your group here* Preferred class size is no more than 24 students. Students rotate to different learning centers for hands-on multisensory learning. Topics include heart, lungs, brain and the 5 senses. (60 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. In addition, each student also received their own toothbrush at the end of the program.
  • Dental Healthy Partners:  Grades Pre-K to 1. *Please note-program is only offered in February for Dental Health Month, schedule here!* Topics include: proper brushing and flossing techniques, food groups, healthy vs unhealthy snacks, importance of regular dental checkups, hands-on brushing and flossing stations that utilize dental models. Each child will also receive his or her own dental health bag including a new toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss! (45 minutes)PHS-CONVERTED
  • Safe Kids, Smart Kids: Grades K to 2. Safe Kids, Smart kids is provided in collaboration with the Peoria Humane Society. Students will learn basic safety information from the Hult Center staff, and animal safety information from the Peoria Humane Society, who will teach students how dogs and cats communicate and why they may bite or scratch. A discussion and demonstration on how to avoid bites will be included, along with a chance to meet a friendly therapy dog through the Peoria Humane Society’s Education Department. Topics include: animal safety, safety in the home, stranger danger, how to say “no”, getting help in an emergency (60 minutes) Safe Kids, Smart Kids can be scheduled by clicking here.
  • Super Kids: Grades K-1. Topics include: uniqueness of each individual, food groups, dental health, healthy behaviors, skeletal system, getting along with others (60 minutes)
  • Food, Fitness & FUN: Grades 2 to 3. Topics include: healthy vs. unhealthy foods, portion sizes, and media’s impact on food.  Students will also learn the importance of exercise in a fun, heart-healthy activity to raise their heart rates. (90 minutes)
  • Healthland: Grades 2 to 3. Topics include: criteria for making healthy decisions, healthy habits, food groups, dental health, five senses and how to care for them. (60 minutes)
  • Healthy Adventure: Grades 3 to 4. Topics include: cells, organs & body systems, digestive system and healthy nutrition, care and respect for the human body. (90 minutes)
  • Heart Adventure: Grades 4 to 5. *Please note-program is only available from September 26, 2016 through October 7, 2016 and can be scheduled for your group here* 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)
  • Fueling Around: Grades 5 to 9. Topics include: importance of fiber and calcium, healthy vs unhealthy fats, nutrient dense vs empty calorie foods, portion sizes, food labels, maintaining a healthy weight, and the importance of exercise. This program engages student interaction through Turning Technologies© response system. (90 minutes)

Substance Abuse Education 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. (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)

Reproductive Health Education Programs: The Hult Center provides a variety of comprehensive, age-appropriate reproductive and sexual health education to all grades levels. Our most popular programs are listed below. However, one of our Health Education Specialists can work with you to design a program to fit the needs of your students. Please contact us to design your school’s reproductive and sexual health education programs, if needed.

  • Puberty I: Exploring Changes: Can be co-ed or separated by sex assigned at birth. Grades 4 to 5. Uniqueness of all individuals, the reproductive system, introduction to how it works, and changes that will happen during puberty. (90 minutes)
  • Puberty II: Navigating Changes: Can be co-ed or separated by sex assigned at birth. Grades 4 to 5. Review of the reproductive system, body changes during puberty, and hygiene products.(90 minutes)
  • Human Reproduction and Pregnancy: Grades 6-8. Introduction to genetics, male and female reproductive systems, fertilization, conception, fetal growth and development, childbirth, abstinence (90 minutes)
  • FYI: STIs: Grades 6 to 12. What everyone should know about sexually transmitted infections. Topics include: modes of transmission, risk factors, prevention, personal responsibility, signs, symptoms and treatment of bacterial and viral STIs including HIV. This program engages student interaction through Turning Technologies© response system.   (45-60 minutes)
  • Teen Talk: Grades 9 to 12. Typically combined as a two-day outreach program with “FYI: STIs,” the “Teen Talk” program discusses teen pregnancy, as well as other student-driven topics. The students are combined in groups to discuss how they would handle real-life situations in dealing with prescription drugs, date rape, mental health concerns and more. Emphasis is placed on seeking resources in the community for each of the scenarios. (45 minutes)

Social-Emotional Wellness Programs:

  • QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer: Youth and Adults. This evidence-based training will train individuals to identify suicidal behaviors and save lives through innovative, practical, and proven strategies for recognizing the signs of crisis. *In-house & Outreach
  • Youth Mental Health Matters: Grades K-12. This program covers a variety of mental health topics and also provides the opportunity for students to request additional counseling services. Sessions vary by grade level and include a variety of topics including: anger management, conflict resolution, bullying & cyber-bullying, suicide & depression, self-esteem, addiction, positive coping skills, body image & eating disorders, as well as self-reflection & trust building. Number and length of sessions varies by school. *In-house & Outreach
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid:  Adults. An interactive training designed to teachadults how to
    help youthexperiencing a mental health or addictions challenge, or what to do if the school-aged child is in crisis. Topics covered include: anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders. Training is 8 hours, and can be conducted for 10-30 individuals. Pricing varies depending on training date, location, and number of participants. *In-house & Outreach

The educators at the Hult Center for Healthy Living would be happy to help you choose and schedule the curriculum that fits the age group and needs of your students.  Call the Hult Center for Healthy Living at 309-692-6650.

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