World Health Day takes place every year on April 7th to mark the founding anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year WHO decides on a theme for the day to highlight and raise awareness on their main area of concern. This years theme is 'Our Planet, Our Health'. In this blog post you'll find some ideas on how you can incorporate World Health Day into your lesson plans...

 

Explore Health Careers

Have a class discussion about the different careers there are within the health sector and what the job involves.

Just a few examples: 

Doctor 

Nurse 

Surgeon 

Dentist 

Pharmacist 

Health Visitor 

Counsellor 

Dietition 

Paramedic 

A great opportunity to inspire pupils about choosing a career within the health sector and its rewards.

 

Run a sponsored litter pick 

Organise a day of sponsored litter picking where each class in your school has a different time slot to go outside to help clean up the local area. This is a great way to highlight the importance of not only looking after our planet but also the benefits that being outdoors and getting fresh air has on our mental health. Money raised can be donated to the local hospital or health charities. 

 

Promote a healthy lifestyle 

There are various factors that contribute to leading a healthy lifestyle and it's important that we educate children from an early age. From a healthy diet to looking after our mental health, there's lots of activities that you can bring into your classroom to help raise awareness this World Health Day. Some ideas could be: 

Group meditation 

Making healthy smoothies / snacks 

Full day of P.E

Discussions on how to look after your mind 

 

Healthy planet posters

It's not just our own health that we should be thinking about but also the health of our planet - a topic that is being covered a lot more in the classroom in today's world. Ask your pupils to list all of the things that we do as a society to help the health of the planet, and also the things we do that actually damage our planet. Ask them what can be done to minimise those on the damage list and create a poster to help promote their findings.

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