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What is Health Check?

To be able to make healthy choices, people need two things:

• information on health topics that affect their lives, presented in a way they can understand

• a greater feeling of control over their lives

Health Check presents easy-to-read information on a number of health topics of specific concern to people in the NWT:

  • Healthy eating
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Active living
  • Relationships
  • STDs and AIDS
  • Self-esteem
  • Suicide

However, learners don’t learn only facts about these topics. They explore the issues actively by reading about them and reflecting on their own ideas. Then they exchange their ideas with other people who may have had different experiences from theirs. By participating actively in this way, they might be better able to see how they can take more control of their own lives—and their own health.

All the activities involve literacy—speaking, listening, reading, writing—so as learners learn about health issues, they are also improving their literacy skills.

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