SHAPE America health education (HE) Twitter chats include various panelists of preK-12 and higher education health educators as well as other HE stakeholders. They cover a variety of topics in the profession, offer ideas, activities and best practices grounded in a skills-based approach to teaching.

We invite you to take a look at the questions before the chat and chime in using hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd.

Next Chat: October 5th, 9 PM Eastern
Title: Health Literacy: Accessing Valid Health Information & Health-Related Products/Services
Panelists: Emily Zien @Ms_Zien, Sarah Benes @sarahbenes12, Lauren DiRenzo @MsDs_HealthBuzz


Q1: October is #HealthLiteracy month! How do you define health literacy?  #SHAPEHealthEd
Q2: How can a #healthed teacher allow students to develop and demonstrate health literacy? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q3: What does health literacy look like in a skills-based #healthed and/or distance learning classroom? Can you share a couple lesson ideas that specifically target health literacy? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q4: Teaching the skill of accessing valid health information is more important than ever. What current strategies/lessons do you use to help students master this skill? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q5: When it comes to accessing products and/or services, where do you see this fitting in your curriculum best? Is there a topic that lends itself to this skill? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q6: What ways do you try to connect your students to local information, products, or services within your community?  #SHAPEHealthEd
Q7: What health literacy activities have/can one implement into their school community and/or community in general? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q8: How do you determine “what” to teach in terms of content given the limited amount of time especially during distance learning with your students? #SHAPEHealthEd

Panelists Bio:

Emily Zien is a Health and Physical Education teacher, specializing in sex education.  Originally from Oregon, Emily has taught overseas in Qatar, Singapore, and is now based in Milan, Italy. Emily’s hope is to be remembered by her students as someone that made them feel empowered to make decisions about and take care of their health and well-being. Prior to starting her teaching career, Emily worked in reproductive and sexual healthcare, assisting medical providers in service delivery and delivering patient education.  Emily has a Masters in Education, specializing in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She holds Google Educator Level 1 & 2 and Common Sense Media certifications.

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