Health Rocks!®
Teaching Healthy Choices

Learning activities that educators can use to help kids learn how to make empowered choices about their health, particularly vaping.

About the Activities

Teens face immense pressures to make unhealthy choices, including to try vaping. This comprehensive curriculum gives kids essential information and helps them develop the tools and support systems they need to confidently make smart decisions about their health and safety.

 

Grades: 6-12
Topic: Healthy Living
Estimated Time: 1 hour

 

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A Note to Facilitators

The goal of these activities is to move beyond simple rejection mantras and to give students the confidence to make healthy choices on their own, and the support they need to quit vaping if they have already started. The nine activities in this curriculum are designed to be done in groups, though modifications can easily be made to conduct them individually.

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Interactive Modules

Explore the interactive learning journeys of three young people and follow along as they experience different vaping-related scenarios, learn important information about vaping, and make positive choices for a healthy future.

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Cadence

What is Vaping and Why Is it Dangerous?

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Destiny

What’s at Stake if I Vape?

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Victor

It’s Never Too Late to Quit

Everything needed to get started with the Health Rocks! program. Includes the program pilot slide deck, teacher and facilitator guides to youth success for beginner and intermediate levels, dialog and activity guides, curricular scan results and virtual delivery modifications.

This exercise teaches students the key concepts and health concerns they need to know to help them make healthy choices about vaping. Includes lesson plan and memory game handout.

Vaping harms more than just your lungs. In this exercise, students explore the full range of health effects caused by vaping. Includes lesson plan, My Body and Health Effects of Vaping handouts.

In this exercise, students explore the things they are good at, and learn about the connection between self-confidence and self-control. Includes lesson plan and Strength Bingo game handout.

In this exercise, students learn about the qualities of an advocate and how to identify helpful individuals in their support circle. Includes lesson plan, Circle of Trust and Advocate/Not an Advocate handouts.

Pressure can come from lots of places. This exercise will help youth understand how to handle pressure so the can stay focused on their goals, and to make healthy choices.  Includes lesson plan.

Quitting vaping isn’t easy, but this exercise shows how you can do it with the support of those around you. Includes lesson plan and calendar handout.

Certain moments and emotions can make it harder to stay on track toward our personal goals. Here, we teach students the triggers that may cause them to consider vaping. Includes lesson plan and Vaping Triggers and Avoiding Vaping Triggers handouts.

Empowerment is the key to making healthy choices. This lesson will help students create a clear picture of their self-identity, and in turn develop a sense of personal empowerment. Includes lesson plan and My Empowered Self handout.

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Health Rocks! Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Purchase Health Rocks! facilitator guides for beginner (ages 8-12) and intermediate (ages 12-14) levels from Shop 4‑H.  Now available in Spanish.

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Beginner Level

Ages 8-12

 

This Beginner guide is designed for the leader and is intended to be used with ages 8-12.

 

Appropriate in a variety of settings: 4-H clubs, school settings, homeschools, camps, health classes, as afterschool or enrichment activities, etc.

$10.50

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Intermediate Level

Ages 12-14

 

This Intermediate guide is designed for the leader and is intended to be used with ages 12-14.

 

Appropriate in a variety of settings: 4-H clubs, school settings, homeschools, camps, health classes, as afterschool or enrichment activities, etc.

$11.50

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Beginner & Intermediate Levels

Ages 8-12, 12-14

 

This set includes one copy each of the Beginning and Intermediate Levels.

 

Appropriate in a variety of settings: 4-H clubs, school settings, homeschools, camps, health classes, as afterschool or enrichment activities, etc.

$20.50

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Nivel Inicial

Health Rocks! es una serie de planes de estudios para lideres que forma parte de un programa de vida saludable destinado a jovenes de 8 a 16 años, y cuya meta es reunir a los jovenes, las familias y las comunidades de los Estados Unidos para reducir el consumo de tabaco, alcohol y drogas de esos jovenes. Esta guia de nivel inicial brinda informacion y actividades dirigidas a jovenes de 8 a 12 años.

$13.50

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Nivel Intermedio

Es la segunda de una serie de dos planes de estudios para líderes. Esta guía para el nivel intermedio contiene actividades para jóvenes de 12 a 14 años, y se centra en intereses propios de esta franja etaria. Se basa en lo aprendido en el nivel inicial de Health Rocks!®, de modo que los jóvenes que ya han participado en el programa continuarán aprendiendo, desarrollando y adoptando nuevas habilidades en este segundo nivel de Health Rocks!®.

$14.50

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Nivel Inicial y Intermedio

Health Rocks! es una serie de planes de estudios para lideres que forma parte de un programa de vida saludable destinado a jovenes de 8 a 16 años, y cuya meta es reunir a los jovenes, las familias y las comunidades de los Estados Unidos para reducir el consumo de tabaco, alcohol y drogas de esos jovenes. Esta guia de nivel inicial brinda informacion y actividades dirigidas a jovenes de 8 a 12 años. Esta guía para el nivel intermedio contiene actividades para jóvenes de 12 a 14 años.

$26.50

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