Our Books & Classroom Activities

Our Books & Classroom Activities

Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities

Healthy NewsWorks reporters and illustrators have produced 11 books in our “Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities” series since 2012. These books are nonfiction reading resources based on our reporters’ interviews with doctors, researchers, therapists, athletes, artists, gardeners, and other accomplished professionals. Click below to read the books online and find classroom activities to use with your students. You’re also invited to share your own students’ work with us.

2022

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2021

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2020

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2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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Activities To Share With Students

Write a letter to a health leader

Choose a Health Leader from one of the “Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities” books who interests you. In the letter, tell them what is inspiring about their work and thank them for what they are doing to make their communities healthier.

Identify a career

Choose one of the careers featured in a “Leading Healthy Change” books that appeals to you. Explain why you think this would be a good job. What did the leader say about their job that you related to? Research the training and education you would need to be qualified for the job.

Create an illustration

Using a Health Leader article as inspiration, create an illustration that could accompany the Healthy NewsWorks book chapter. Make sure your illustration depicts what the Health Leader is doing to make their community healthier.

Create a healthy superhero

If you could create your own Health Superhero, what problem would they help to solve? (You can get some inspiration from a Health Leader in a Healthy NewsWorks book.) Draw your Superhero and write about what they do. Think about the following questions:

  • What are their superpowers?
  • How did they acquire their powers?
  • Does your Health Superhero have a backstory?
  • How does your Health Superhero make the world a healthier place?

Join the Conversation

Consider sharing your own students’ work directly with a leader. You may get a response! We’d also be pleased to consider your students’ work for our By Kids, For Kids page. We will add to these activities, so keep coming back! If you have any questions, please contact Healthy NewsWorks program manager Mia Blitstein at mblitstein@healthynewsworks.org.

Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.

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