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Taking the health message out of the classroom

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Taking the health message out of the classroom

Students from UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience are embracing the philosophy of ‘learning by doing’ by leaving their classrooms and delivering healthy lifestyle messages face-to-face. Topics include the dangers of drink-driving, the threat of hepatitis, and the risks of prostate cancer.

Throughout February and March, first year Health Promotion students have been basing themselves in the foyers of the Stratford campus and the USS site and even riding on the UEL shuttle bus , to tell fellow students about the benefits of healthy eating, the importance of staying hydrated, and the need for safe sexual practices.

Dr Fiona McGowan, the module leader for the Health Promotion qualification, explained the benefits of students getting out of the classroom.

“The module that the students here are doing is Key Concepts in Health Promotion,” she explained.  “For the first half of the module they were in the classroom, learning the theoretical concepts and the underpinnings of health promotion.  But now they are out here actually doing it.”

The composition of the groups changed each week, as did the health messages. The students were divided into 12 groups, and chose for themselves the topics that they wished to promote to fellow students, over the three-week period.

But wouldn’t their time be better spent taking notes in lectures or reading in the library?  Dr McGowan thinks not.

 “It’s really important for students to get out of the classroom” she argues.  “I’m sure they’ve learnt just as much out here as they did through lecturers and seminar sessions.  They are learning from the people they are talking to.  They are also learning communication skills, and how to work collaboratively in a group, and they are growing in confidence.”

To hear from the students themselves, watch the video here.
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