Health Literacy Resources – Made in BC

October is Health Literacy Month! Adult literacy students want to learn something that is relevant to them.  Health is both an interesting and practical topic for most students. Locally produced teaching and learning resources can connect students to services in their community. Did you know that there are a number of made-in-BC resources for teaching… Read more

Reach Out for Mental Health

The uncertainty and physical distancing accompanying COVID-19 have had an impact on everyone’s mental wellness. There is support available. We blogged earlier about Managing Mental Health During COVID-19. Today we’re sharing three BC mental wellness sites that offer a variety of resources for all ages, including resources for coping with COVID-19: Kelty Mental Health Resource… Read more

Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body

Evidence confirms that early experiences have both short-term and long-term impacts on learning and behaviour. Similarly, early environments affect both immediate and lifelong health. While health and learning are separated in policy, they are interrelated and interdependent. “Strategic investments in young children and the adults who care for them affect long-term physical and mental health… Read more

CIWA Health Literacy Resources

Limited language and literacy skills can be a barrier to accessing healthcare services. The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association has launched a new set of free Health Literacy Resources that are designed to help. Created for literacy professionals working with adult beginning language and literacy learners, the resources include videos, basic readers and workbooks as well… Read more

ABC Health Matters Workbooks

A recent blog post from ABC Life Literacy Canada reminds us of The importance of health literacy during a pandemic. It also points to free health literacy resources for adults. There are two health literacy workbooks, Take Charge of Your Health and Map Out Your Health, that were revised for ABC’s Activate Learning project. While… Read more

COVID-19 in Plain Language

Clear health communication is important to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Videos can be a good way to convey a clear message. Here’s an example. Posters and infographics with eye catching images and concise text that can also be useful. Here are some other plain language resources: Coronavirus (COVID-19) words and terms explained in… Read more

Managing Mental Health During COVID-19

The uncertainty, rapid changes, and social isolation introduced by the COVID-19 crisis have had an impact on the mental health of adults, teens and children. If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone. Find tips for managing stress during this time in: Coronavirus: six ways of turning anxiety into positive mental health habits – The Conversation… Read more

COVID-19 Posters and Infographics

Are you looking for good information about COVID-19 in an easy to understand format? The images and concise text of a poster or infographic can convey a clear message. Fraser Health has produced a series COVID-19 posters for the general public (sample above). They are free to download, and are available in Farsi, Hindi, Korean,… Read more

Misleading Health Headlines

In health news, there can be a disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover. Here’s a new TED Ed video on how to read past the headlines. Click here for the full lesson.

Safety and Health Week

May 4th to 11th is Safety and Health Week (also known as NAOSH Week)! Celebrated in Canada, Mexico and the United States, this week focuses on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. You can find an article about the week in the May issue of… Read more