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Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual for the Filipino Community

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Session 11
Review and Graduation

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By the end of this session, group members will:

  • Review information learned in Sessions 1 through 10 using games and activities.
  • Recognize the group’s efforts and accomplishments.

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Materials and Supplies

To conduct this session, you will need:

  • “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family” manual and picture cards
  • Heart Health Bingo Facts
  • Heart Health Bingo Cards
  • Bingo card markers (pennies, dry beans, or other items)
  • Pens
  • Stamped envelopes
  • (Optional) Food (if having a potluck)
  • (Optional) Small gift or certificate for each group member

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Give each group member these handouts during this session:

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Introducing the Session

  1. Welcome
  2. Review of Last Week's Session
  3. About This Session
  1. Welcome
    • Welcome group members to the session.
  2. Review of Last Week’s Session
    Note: If group members went on a grocery store tour, ask them to share what they learned from the tour. If not, review of Session 10.
    • Say:
      During Session 10, we talked about the ways cigarette smoking can harm you. Who can name some of the harmful effects of smoking?
      Note: Allow 3 to 5 minutes for group members to answer. Write their answers on the blackboard or on a large piece of paper taped to the wall.
    • Add these effects if they are not mentioned.
      • Cigarette smoking can cause health problems, such as:
        • Heart disease
        • Cancer
        • Stroke
        • Asthma
        • COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
      • Cigarette smoking irritates the eyes and can trigger asthma attacks.
      • Less serious, but very unpleasant, effects of smoking include:
        • Yellow stains on teeth and fingers
        • Bad breath
        • Poorer sense of smell and taste
        • Early wrinkling of the face
        • Many colds and sore throats
    • Ask:
      How did you do with your pledge? Did you do one thing to quit smoking or to protect your family from secondhand smoke? Did anything work very well? Did anything cause a problem?
      Note: Allow 5 to 8 minutes for group members to comment.
  3. About This Session
    • Say:
      Educator Marva Collins said, “Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it.”
    • Ask:
      What does this quote mean to you?
      Note: Allow 2 to 3 minutes for group members to answer.
    • Say:
      During this session, we will go over information we learned in Sessions 1 through 10. Thank you all for taking part in the sessions. Congratulations on making the effort to learn how to lower the risk–for you and your families–of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

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Conducting the Session

  1. Heart Health Bingo (Prepare the bingo cards and bingo facts before the session.)
  2. Letter to Myself Activity
  1. Heart Health Bingo
    Note: Make one copy of the “Heart Health Bingo Facts” handout on stiff paper, and cut the paper on the dotted lines. Mix the pieces, and place them in a box. Also make one copy of each of the Heart Health Bingo Cards on stiff paper, and cut them out.
    • Give one card to each person. Give each group member nine pennies, dry beans, or other items that can be used to mark the cards.
    • Say:
      We are going to play a bingo game to review facts about preventing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Here’s how to play:
      1. To start, place a marker on the free space in the center of the card.
      2. Listen as the bingo caller reads facts about heart health. These facts will be drawn from a box.
      3. If the fact that is read matches a fact on your card, place a marker on it.
      4. If you get three markers in a row, call out “Bingo.” The row can be up and down, across, or diagonal.
    • Hold up a card to show the group how rows can look.
      Note: Play two or three games as time permits. At the end of each game, have the group members turn in their card for new ones. If possible, you may want to award small prizes to the winners.
  2. Letter to Myself Activity
    Note: Bring a stamped envelope and pen for each group member. If you have group members who do not write well, let them tell you the information and you can write it down for them.
    • Give each group member a pen, the “Letter to Myself” handout, and a stamped envelope.
      Note: You may want to show or read aloud the “Letter to Myself: Sample” handout to give group members ideas.
    • Ask the group members to use the handout to list healthy changes they will continue to work on until these changes become habits.
    • Tell them to address the envelope to themselves and place the letter inside. Collect the sealed, self-addressed envelopes.
    • Say:
      I will mail your letter to you in about 3 months. Getting this letter will help remind you to keep using what you’ve learned in these sessions to care for your heart.

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Recognition for Completing the Healthy Heart, Healthy Family Project

  • Show picture card 11.1.
  • Say:
    Everyone gave time and effort to attend the sessions. I hope you will use the information to help improve your heart health and that of your families.
  • (Optional) If you choose, give small gifts to group member.
  • Say:
    Now, I would like to give each of you a certificate to honor your efforts and your achievements. Call each group member's name and give each person the “Certificate of Achievement” handout (and the small gift of recognition, if you have chosen to include that).
  • Say:
    Now you have a chance to talk about what you have found helpful. Would any of you like to share your families' reactions to your pledged activities? Note: Allow a moment for group members to respond.

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(Optional) Potluck Meal

Say: Now is the time for the potluck meal. Please place the dishes you brought on the table. We will begin the celebration.

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Say: Thank you for coming and for completing the course. I wish everyone well, and I hope you continue your journeys toward good health and healthy hearts.

Note for Educator: Think about today's session and about all of the training that you have done during the last few months. What do you think worked and what didn't work? What changed in your own life as a result of what you learned during these sessions?

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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