Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education have joined forces to create Super Health, Super You; an educational program for upper elementary school students. Together, they are working to inspire school communities to make healthy lifestyle choices. This program offers engaging resources for students, parents, and educators to utilize the Super Health, Super You Playbook, a compilation of standards-aligned, engaging lesson plans and learning activities for use in and out of the classroom.
Here’s my breakdown of what this program has to offer you (the educator) and your students. Here are 3 things I’ve LEARNED, 2 ways to CONNECT back to subject areas and 1 thing I want to SHARE:
- Simple, quick (~20min) lessons that I can pull out and use at different points throughout the day. The lessons follow the journey of 9-year-old Christina, whose mother and grandmother suffer from diabetes. Check out the Learning from Experience activity that makes connections to the work of the school nurse.
- Embark on a larger longer-term project with the DIY Gardening Guide: Grow, Plan and Prepare a Healthy Lunch gardening guides. This can easily be integrated into a larger school initiative and incorporates cross-curricular activities that lend themselves nicely to project-based learning.
- Using the lessons and activities as idea starters, students can take part in the Community Challenge which invites groups of students to identify a health-related issue affecting their respective communities and think critically to discover a solution. Students can pick from two categories: Nutrition and Gardens or Physical Activity. There’s a $10,000 grant to the winning group in each category – which would allow students to bring their idea to life. The challenge is open through November 16.
- The program and its lessons have ties into multiple standards and connect with health, science, and ELA subject areas. Beyond those cross disciplinary connections, the activities and lessons are built around the 4Cs, each requiring collaboration with teammates to complete the task as the think critically about the topic at hand using a variety of methods to create and communicate back their solutions.
- Ultimately, when it comes to making connections, especially around topics concerning health and wellness, you must have a way to connect the activities taking place in the classroom with what’s happening at home. Super Health, Super You provides guides for the family that may be used during family nights, parent/teacher conferences, or simply sent home with your students. The Super Health, Super You Community Challenge, deepens those ties by having students reflect on issues within their own community to work toward a solution.
- Super Health, Super You offers resources for both in and outside of school. Quick, easy to implement lessons can lead to an opportunity for your students to make a huge impact in your community through the Community Challenge. Many of you have Open House right around the corner. This is a great opportunity to share the Family Guide with your community.