Date posted: September 18, 2014
Literacy is important for health. Literacy and health literacy are related to health outcomes. And, 60 percent of Canadian adults don’t have the skills to manage their health literacy needs. For more facts about health literacy, read our Health Literacy fact sheet.
A new health literacy curriculum for high beginning adult learners has been published by the Florida Literacy Coalition. Staying Healthy for Beginners: an English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living is available online. It includes lesson plans and teaching activities on health care, doctors, medicine, healthy food, and staying healthy. There is a student book and a teacher guide. (Some of the details will need to be changed for use in a Canadian context.)
This new health literacy curriculum follows in the footsteps of Staying Healthy, an award-winning curriculum for adults written at the 4th to 5th grade reading level. It is also available free online.
For more resources on health literacy and improving health literacy, visit our Health Literacy Resource list on our site.