Your Health Matters Curricula

Introduction

The Your Health Matters! Curricula are designed to provide scientifically accurate information to community health workers and people outside of the health profession about healthy food choices and physical activity in a manner that promotes individual behavior change and / or policy, environmental and system changes. The curricula fill important voids in the currently available content on these topics. Two of the curricula particularly train individuals to address behavioral changes by improving a person’s surroundings and environment when they do not support the behavior change.

In total, there are four curriculum in the Your Health Matters! bundle of materials. All four are certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuing education units for community health workers (CHWs) and community health worker instructors (CHWIs).

Curricula are in Spanish and English and incorporate current evidence-based facts and guidelines about the topics, motivational interviewing techniques, role model video footage, hands on learning activities, and extensive resources for use beyond the training.

Participatory input from experts and potential users of the training materials was obtained to ensure the materials are practical, culturally relevant and applicable across geographic regions.

Additionally, comprehensive evaluation of the curricula demonstrate high levels of satisfaction with the materials and incorporation of training strategies and materials into professional and person life. Trainees report important policy, environmental and system improvements after completing training.

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Fitness for Life

Your Health Matters: Fitness for Life attendees will leave with an understanding of why physical activity is important for a healthy life. The program goals include: expanding understanding of why physical activity is important for a healthy life, demonstrating how staying active can reduce risk for chronic diseases, empowering participants to get and stay active and counsel clients with activity planning strategies. This curriculum provides trainees with the knowledge and skills about exercise to impart to their communities. Participants will be able to describe the obesity epidemic and its implications to health, describe how energy balance influences healthy weight maintenance or weight loss, and explain the benefits of exercise.

Materials in English

Handbooks

PowerPoints

Videos

Materials in Spanish

Guias

Presentaciones

Videos

Nutritious Eating

Your Health Matters: Nutritious Eating attendees will leave with an understanding of why proper nutrition and regular physical activity are important for a healthy life. The training will demonstrate how eating right and exercising regularly helps to reduce a person’s risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Participants will be able to discuss the causes of the growing obesity epidemic in the United States, make healthy food choices and counsel clients about meal planning and food shopping based on the GO-SLOW-WHOA concept. Participants will also gain skills in reading Nutrition Facts Food labels and how to eat healthy on a budget.

Materials in English

Handbooks

PowerPoints

Video

Materials in Spanish

Guia

Presentaciones

Video

Growing Active Communities

The Your Health Matters: Growing Active Communities training for Community Health Workers was developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus with a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Attendees will leave this training with an understanding of why regular physical activity is important for a healthy lifestyle and will be able to recognize and discuss the growing obesity epidemic in the United States and the policy improvements, systems and environmental

changes that can be made to improve the problem. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to identify and analyze policy, systems, and environmental barriers in their community that contribute to a sedentary lifestyle. Participants will also practice skills to engage community partners and prioritize strategies to create policy improvements, systems and environmental changes that “Grow Active Communities.” Finally, attendees will develop an action plan to share with decision makers and community leaders that will support policy improvements, systems and environmental changes that will increase physical activity in our communities.

Materials in English

Handbooks

PowerPoints

Materials in Spanish

Guias

Presentaciones

Videos

Growing Active Healthy Communities

The Your Health Matters: Growing Active, Healthy Communities training for Community Health Workers and community members was developed by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus with funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas CORD (Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration). Attendees will leave this training with an understanding of the growing obesity epidemic and why regular physical activity and health eating are important for a healthy lifestyle. It educates them on evidence-based policy improvements, systems and environmental changes to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Participants gain knowledge and skills to identify and analyze policy, systems and environmental barriers in their community that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle and to identify evidence-based strategies to address them. Participants also practice skills to engage community partners, prioritize approaches and develop an action plan to support activities that create opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in their communities. The curriculum uses videos and multiple activities to help participants learn.

Materials in English

Handbooks

PowerPoints

Videos

Materials in Spanish

Guias

Presentaciones

Videos