ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Sunscreen and UV Radiation
Curriculum. This hands-on lesson asks students to test the effect of ultraviolet (UV) light on UV-sensitive beads using plain lotion and sunscreens with varying SPF levels. Students will gain a better understanding of Exposure, an Environmental Health Core Concept. Students evaluate what they observe and consider how to apply this exercise to their personal choices about UV exposure and sunscreen use. Includes lesson plan, factsheet, student worksheet, and supply list. This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 55-minute class period. Intended for grades 9-12.
ATHENA Environmental Health Resource: 7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health posters
Classroom resource: This slideset includes a slide for each of the 7 Core Concepts of Environmental Health: Toxicity, Exposure, Dose/Response, Individual Susceptibility, Risks and Benefits, Environmental Justice, and Community Resources and Action. Slides can be printed (8x11"), laminated, and posted in the classroom for a visual of the over-arching concepts of the environmental health lessons. Intended for grades 9-12.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Artifacts Activity & Granola Bar Choices Activity
Curriculum. A 30-minute classroom activity to introduce nutrition, organic versus conventional foods, packaging, labeling, and consumer choices. Can also use non-food artifacts for students to consider.
What can I do when the smoke rolls in?
The EDGE Community Engagement Core partnered with Clean Air Methow, and Anna Humphreys, a UW Public Health graduate student, to support communities in the Methow Valley during wildfire smoke events. This pamphlet sums up what Methow Valley community members said they felt during wildfire smoke events. It also suggests responses to their needs based on interviews and official information sources. We hope this pamphlet can be tailored to help other communities cope with their own wildfire smoke events.
Summary of the Diesel Exhaust Exposure in the Duwamish Study (DEEDS)
This results newsletter was created to inform community participants about the results of a study they were involved in to measure diesel emissions in five different Seattle neighborhoods. Figures show wide disparities in pollution levels within Seattle. Information about the health impacts of air pollution is also included.
Community-based Air Monitoring
This fact sheet summarizes lessons learned from the establishment of the Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Network. Community-engaged research can be complicated because it must meet the scientists' standards rigor while having meaning for the community and support to ensure longevity and lasting change. The Imperial County project serves as a success story with important lessons for other projects. This sheet also briefly describes the work of the Seto lab. It was produced to distribute at a Public Health Cafe event held in South Park, Seattle in the fall of 2019.
Health effects of air pollution
This fact sheet summarizes the health impacts of air pollution and the ways that these impacts have been studied. It also includes a brief overview of work from the lab of Joel Kaufman, Acting Director of EDGE. It was produced to distribute at a Public Health Cafe event held in South Park, Seattle in the fall of 2019.
"What is Environmental Health? (8.5"" by 11"")"
Poster, 8.5" by 11". Features our EH Venn diagram that visually represents the relationship between environment, genes, choices and health. Available in two sizes.
Role Play Activity: Your Money or Your Life?
Classroom Activity, 7 pages. This activity is designed to get students or community members thinking critically about the complex issue related to workplace genetic testing for disease susceptibility. Participants read a two-part narrative, answer questions related to the reading, and are given an outcome based on their decision-making.
Role Play Activity: Seafood from Puget Sound - How Much Can We Safely Eat?
Classroom Activity, 28 pages. This activity is designed to get students or community members thinking critically about the complex issue of seafood safety. Participants take on three different roles to explore a hypothetical situation related to the topic.
The Health & Environment Activities Research Tool (HEART)
A collection of worksheets and resources that helps teachers engage their students in locally relevant environmental health research projects. These inquiry-based materials provide the scaffolding necessary for students to successfully identify and investigate how things in their environment impact their health. Portions of the curriculum are also available in Spanish, 40 pages
Food and Health Map
Graphic depiction of the Food System, considering food safety, transportation, food policy, health and more. 8x17" legal size
Environmental Health Fact File: LEAD
Curriculum, 226 pages. A collection of integrated lesson plans designed to introduce middle school students to the topic of lead and its effects on human health. This curriculum follows the same format as the Fact File on Asthma. Also available in Spanish, 200 pages.
Environmental Health Fact File: DIABETES
A collection of integrated lesson plans designed to introduce middle school students to the topics of diabetes and environmental health. This curriculum follows the same format as the Fact File on Asthma, although the content is tailored to New Mexico, as it was developed by our grant partners at the University of New Mexico.
Environmental Health Fact File: ASTHMA
A collection of integrated lesson plans designed to introduce middle school students to the topics of asthma and environmental health. This curriculum provides EALR aligned lesson plans to teachers in a variety of subjects. At least two lessons are provided for each subject. The lessons are designed to be stand alone units, allowing teachers to mix and match lessons and present them in any order. Resource materials are also included to help school librarians who are facilitating student research projects. This Fact File is also a valuable resource for school nurses, out of school programs, and parents. Also available in Spanish, 50 pages.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
This hands-on lesson explores the characteristics of nine different sugars, sugar substitutes, and artificial sweeteners. Learning objectives include helping students understand the similarities and differences between the nine products, identify the sweeteners in different foods, discuss the benefits and risks of various sugars and sugar substitutes for different stakeholders (for example, diabetics and dieters), and consider their own choice of sweeteners. Includes lesson plan, student worksheet, and powerpoint presentation. This lesson aligns with Washington State EALRs. 50-minute class period.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Introduction to Health. Your Money or Your Life
A role play activity designed to promote discussion and critical thinking about the issues of genetic testing and pesticide exposure. The activity is carried out with groups of 4 participants and is appropriate for middle and high school students as well as adults. This activity is also a part of the lesson Introduction to Health. Environment + Genes + Choices = Your Health in this table.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Introduction to Health. What is Environmental Health?
This 48-slide powerpoint presentation introduces the subject of environmental health. Contents includes definitions, hazards, and the seven core concepts of environmenal health: (1) toxicity, (2) exposure, (3) dose/response, (4) individual susceptibility, (5) risks and benefits, (6) environmental justice, and (7) community resources to find more information and/or take action. The PDF suggests ways to use short portions of the powerpoint for environmental health lessons.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Introduction to Health. Health Unit Organizing Activity
This activity serves as an "Introduction to Health" lesson. Students generate or are given a list of health topics and write each topic on its own sticky note. Students then place the sticky note on an enlarged Venn Diagram posted on a wall, placing it on the circle (Environment, Genes, or Choices) where they think it belongs, or across two circles if they think the topic overlaps. A group of teachers can take part in this activity using the topics taught in Health Class. 50-minute class period.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Introduction to Health. Family Tree Activity
In this activity, students research the environmental and genetic medical conditions in their own family or in the people they live with. After they complete the family tree, students create an informational brochure about a medical condition in their own family and share with family members, who provide feedback. This activity is also part of the lesson Introduction to Health. Environment + Genes + Choices = Your Health in this table.
ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson: Introduction to Health. Health Equation Activity
A 50-minute hands-on activity that will help students identify the connections between genetics, the environment and personal choices, and how they affect our health.