“Tools for Healthy Living,” a curriculum about healthy homes and food safety, has been accepted as a national peer-reviewed curriculum by the National 4-H Council. The curriculum, designed for students in grades four through six who are in afterschool 4-H programs, was developed by UConn Extension as part of a 5-year Sustainable Community Project grant from USDA’s CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families at Risk) program.
To implement this curriculum, a trained facilitator helps students explore the principles of a healthy home and learn how they can help to make their own homes and their communities healthier. According to federal housing, environmental, and public health authorities, a healthy home is clean, dry, safe, in good repair, with fresh air, and free of pests and dangerous chemicals.
In addition to explaining the principles of a healthy home, the curriculum introduces students to the following environmental health and food safety topics:
- Lead poisoning
- Asthma triggers
- Mold and moisture
- Pests and pesticides
- Bacteria in food
- Food safety and food temperature
- Food safety and cleanliness
Students also learn how to act as advocates for a healthy home.
For more information about the “Tools for Healthy Living” curriculum contact Sharon Gray (Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org).