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Teaching Chronic Care to Durham Children

Chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease affect more than half of all Americans. Many Durham-area middle and high school students have family members affected by chronic illness, and some students bear the responsibility of caring for family members at home. The Teaching Chronic Care to Durham Children project, funded by the McKesson Foundation, engages middle and high school students in the Durham Public School System to help them understand the impact of chronic illness on their families, their communities, and themselves.

The project has two goals:

  • To introduce students to the precursors of chronic disease and how to manage chronic disease, and
  • To assist teachers to educate their students about healthier lifestyle choices as part of the State of North Carolina's mandated curricular goals for Health/Physical Fitness Education.

The Division of Community Health has created short lesson plans focused on five goals of the State's Health/Physical Education curriculum dedicated to health topics. Each 20-minute lesson plan can be seamlessly embedded into teachers' existing curricula. Lesson topics cover a variety of chronic health-related issues including stress reduction, exercise, reading food labels, and staying tobacco free. These lessons require no previous health knowledge or formal health training.

For more information:
Teaching Chronic Care to Durham Children
DUMC Box 104425
Durham, NC 27710