Future Start

Welcome to the health section. All the information and workshops in this section was researched and developed by Chantal Killam, Emma Hogg, Anne Marie Drew and Jesse Banks.

The following lesson plan and all the materials can be downloaded for printing and sharing. Please credit HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and the Lunenburg District Office of Community Services, Nova Scotia when using the materials. If you use these materials please let us know so we can track where they are being used. If you have any suggestions for changes please let us know.

Future Start Lesson Plan: Health

Lesson 1: Mental Health and Addictions


  • To learn about stress, anxiety and addictions
  • To learn about how these conditions can affect our lives
  • To learn tools to manage or reduce these conditions in our lives

Approximate time:

  • 15 minutes

Materials, props or technology; room set up

  • Projector and lap top
  • PowerPoint (from website)
  • Chairs in a horseshoe

Workshop Details and Script

1. Introduction: Introduce yourself and the others in your group and your topic.

  • Facilitator:
    Hi my name is __________ (and this is _____________________________), our topic is Mental Health we will be talking about stress, anxiety and addictions throughout this workshop.

2. PowerPoint: Stress, Anxiety and Addictions

  • Introduce Power Point and present it, you may want to have a different facilitator read each section to change the tone.
  • Following the power-point these questions can lead into a discussion:
  • What types of things stress you out and how do you deal with your stress?
  • What types of addictions do you see around you and how do you see people deal with these?
  • Are there any other resources to support people with Mental Health or Addictions other than the ones that we have mentioned?

3. Group Discussion

4. Pass out Brochure. This brochure contains information on this topic and some resources to get more information.

Lesson 2: The Self Care and Physical Activity Quiz


  • To generate discussion on self care and physical activity through a quiz with some unknown facts

Approximate time:

  • 10 minutes

Materials, props or technology; room set up

  • Quiz, enough copies for pairs (print off website)
  • One answer sheet (print off website)
  • Pens or pencils for each person

Workshop Details and Script

1. Introduction:

We will now do a quiz on self-care and physical activity.

2. Pair up participants: Ask participants to partner up.

3. Hand out quiz: Hand out quiz and pens/pencils. It is best if the pairs discuss their answers.

4. Answer Sheet: Once everyone has finished the quiz, go over the answers from the answer sheet provided. There are references for each fact within the answer sheet.

5. Group Discussion: A few questions to get people thinking:

  • Was there any information on the quiz that surprised you and if so what was it and why?
  • What is one thing you already do to take care for yourself?
  • What is one thing you can do to increase your physical activity

6. Pass out Brochure: This brochure contains information on this topic and some resources to get more information

Lesson 3: Relationships


  • To give people a fun, light experience with consent
  • To give people some information regarding contraception and safe sex through a fun bingo game
  • To provide a space to discuss these issues

Approximate time:

  • 15-30 minutes

Materials, props or technology; room set up

  • Wrapped hard candy or suckers
  • Open space to play game
  • Intimacy Bingo Game Cards (print of website and copy)
  • Bingo Daubers
  • Bingo calling card (print of website and cut into individual pieces)
  • Box or bag to mix up bingo calling pieces
  • Tables and Chairs

Workshop Details and Script

1. Introduce the Consent Candy Activity:

  • Facilitator: will ask you to get into two parallel lines facing one other. (Organize group if they need help).
  • Hand out one candy to each person in only one of the lines.
  • Say to the line who does not have the candy: Your task is to get the candy away from your partner, you can say anything you want but you can not physically touch them.
  • Go!
  • Participants will use a variety of means to get the candy away from their partner including: coercion, asking politely, begging, bribing etc.
  • Follow this up with a debrief and ask:

1. How did you each get the candy away?
2. What worked?
3. How did it feel to give up your candy?
4. Make the connection between this activity and consent.

  • Explain consent so all understand the term

2. Introduce the Intimacy Bingo Game

  • Facilitator:
    Next we are going to play Bingo! But this isn’t ordinary bingo it has certain terms and phrases that refer to contraception, consent and having a healthy relationship.
  • Facilitator:
    We will call out a phrase under a letter-just like Bingo, if that phrase is on your card, under the correct letter, than you mark it of with your dauber. If you get a straight line in any direction or diagonal, you can yell BINGO!. Don’t forget to mark your free spot in the middle.
  • Facilitator:
  • Pull out and read off the calling card which has been cut into individual pieces and mixed up in a box or bag.
  • When someone wins, give them a candy and keep playing with the same cards for a couple more rounds.
  • When the game is over, ask everyone to turn over their card and look at the information on the back, ask a few to read these out loud leading to a small discussion on each one.

3. Pass out Brochures

  • Introduce the brochures and hand them out to everyone to keep. The brochures contain information on the topics covered and some resources to seek more information.


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