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Session 11- Review and Graduation

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Session 11
Session 11 – Review and Graduation

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This session is designed to:

  • 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:

  • “Your Heart, Your Life” manual and picture cards
  • Heart Health Bingo Facts (handout)
  • Heart Health Bingo Cards (handout)
  • 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 (handout)

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Give group members 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, 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:
        • Heart disease
        • Cancer
        • Stroke
        • Emphysema
        • Asthma
      • 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 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.
  3. About This Session
    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.

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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, 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:
      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. 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 Your Heart, Your Life 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 your family's heart health.
  • (Optional) If you choose, give small gifts to group members.
  • 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 or the small gift of recognition.
  • 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.

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(Optional) Potluck Meal

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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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?

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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.

Last Updated March 2012

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