Youth Education Programs

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, youth programs and services are being offered virtually. Please find updated communication below:

Peoria Public Schools District 150 Programming

Non-Peoria Public Schools Programming

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.  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 four teaching theaters here at Hult Center – General Health featuring TAM, our Transparent Anatomical Manikin, 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.  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 for more information and scheduling.

How Many We Serve

In 2018, 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, including Registered Dietitians, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and Certified Health Education Specialists.

Health Education Theaters

Health education comes alive in our four 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 call (309) 692-6650 or

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.
  • Your Amazing Brain!: **Coming soon!** Grades Pre-K-K. Your Amazing Brain!  highlights the wonders of the human brain through an educational session in the interactive health theaters, followed by a tour through the MEGA Brain Exhibit. The program will teach participants about the anatomy of the brain, and how to keep the brain and body healthy. (45 minutes)
  • My Special Body: Pre-K to 1. 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. 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)
  • Safe Kids, Smart Kids: Grades K to 2. Students will learn basic safety information and animal safety information, which 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. Topics include: animal safety, safety in the home, stranger danger, how to say “no”, getting help in an emergency (60 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).
  • 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. 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 and is great to pair with the virtual Prescription Drug Safety Program. (45 minutes)
  • Prescription Drug Safety Program: Middle & High School. Thanks to a grant from UnityPoint Health Central Illinois Foundation, all middle and high school students in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties have access to this virtual program at no cost. This online course is developed by EVERFI, a leading education technology innovator. Students will learn about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse through six interactive online modules. This program is great to pair with the in-person Generation Rx. To learn more about this program, email or click here.
  • 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.

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)

Mental Health & Social-Emotional Wellness Programs:

  • QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer: Youth and Adults. This 2-hour evidence-based suicide prevention 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
  • Suicide Prevention Programming: Youth and Adults. This program will help train individuals on suicide prevention best practices and local and national resources. Individuals will learn to identify suicidal behaviors and save lives through innovative, practical, and proven strategies for recognizing the signs of crisis. *In-house & Outreach
  • Suicide Prevention & Postvention Best Practices & Policies: Adults, specifically administrators and support staff for middle and high schools, as well as higher learning institutions. This one-on-one consultation will walk participants through suicide prevention and postvention best practices with a particular focus on preventing suicides and copycat suicides. Hult staff will help participants identify strategies to reduce the risk of suicide among their population, resources within the school setting and outside of the school setting, and ensure best practices are considered in the event of a suicide. The consultation typically lasts for one hour. *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 teach adults how to help youth experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge, or what to do if the school-aged child is in crisis. Topics covered include: anxiety, depression, suicide, 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 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 Hult Center for Healthy Living at 309-692-6650.