“Certificate of Achievement” (Prepare the certificates before the session. You can photocopy the “Certificate of Achievement” handout and write in the name of each participant, or you can find certificates in a business supply store.)
Note: If group members went on a grocery store tour, ask them to share what they learned from the tour. If not, go to the following 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 respond. 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:
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
Poorer sense of smell and taste
Early wrinkling of the face
Many colds and sore throats
Ask: How did you do with your pledge to 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.
About This Session 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, and congratulations for making the effort to learn how to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes for you and your families.
Give one card to each person. Give each group member nine pennies, nine dry beans, or a set of nine 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:
To start, place a marker on the free space in the center of the card.
Listen as the bingo caller reads facts about heart health. These facts will be drawn from a box.
If the fact that is read matches a fact on your card, place a marker on it.
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.
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.
Say: Now you have a chance to talk about what you have found helpful. Would anyone like to share your family's reactions to your pledged activities? Note: Allow a moment for group members to respond.
Say: I would also like to know if you have done any activities from the “Tender Care for a Happy Heart” list that I gave you during Session 2. How did you do with the actions for a happy heart? Are you listening to soft music? Have you planted a garden? Have you learned to breathe deeply? Have you shown gratitude to others? Which of these actions has affected you the most? Have you done any of these actions as a daily activity? Note: Allow 2 to 3 minutes for group members to respond.
Say: Thank you for coming and for completing the program. I wish everyone well, and I hope you continue your journey toward good health and a healthy heart. Note: 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 didn't work? What changed in your own life as a result of what you learned during these sessions?
Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Your Heart, Your Life, 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.