On this page, you will find lesson summaries and adaptations that compliment the HealthMatters curriculum
The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities has well outlined lesson plans that are easy to follow when leading your health promotion programming. It is also important to remember that there are a lot of factors that make each individual and each programming location unique and finding ways to utilize available resources and adapting the lessons to fit those unique needs is vital to success. You can follow the lesson plan exactly or find that your participants are really excited about one particular component and you end up making the lesson more so your own as you go. Keep in mind that being healthy is a choice and we all have different motivating factors and barriers to making those healthy choices and a one size fits all isn’t the best approach. As individuals we each have our own preferences which need to be respected and as many as possible options explored so that each participant can find the best fit for them when it comes to how they chose to be healthy. It is also important as a lesson leader that you don’t allow the things that you like/dislike to guide the lesson discussion and activities.