An NTC Case Story: How Your Organization Can Bring Creative Health and Wellness Education to Schools

Watch NTC Manager of Product Development Frank Maciel attempt to lay out his vision for health and wellness education in one minute or less. Then check out our newest case story on a live theatre program called “All’s Well That Eats Well,” which describes in detail a more tried-and-true method of inspiring students to lead healthy lifestyles. (Running Time: 1:53)

The Content

In NTC’s newest video, we’ve posed a challenge for our Manager of Product Development, Frank Maciel: in one minute or less, discuss why K-12 health and wellness education is so important today and the best practices for delivering it. Frank’s “One-Minute Message” leads to some peculiar ideas (three words: “free range children”), but it provides a perfect introduction to our corresponding case story on an actual health and wellness program entitled All’s Well That Eats Well, brought to elementary schools in Minnesota by HealthPartners and NTC.

While the One-Minute Message video offers a comedic appetizer, the All’s Well That Eats Well case story provides the real meat and potatoes when it comes to K-12 health and wellness outreach. Some of the main points discussed in the PDF download include:

  • The origins and goals of the live theatre program All’s Well That Eats Well
  • An overview of why health and wellness outreach is more important than ever
  • The creative and educational approach used in implementing All’s Well That Eats Well
  • The benefits of an artistic, narrative-based, multimedia approach
  • Measurable impacts of the All’s Well That Eats Well program
  • Lessons learned and best practices

Our Approach

We believe that audiences learn more effectively if they engage creatively and emotionally with stories and characters. Just as our live educational theatre programs and curriculum embrace this belief by presenting health and wellness education to students in imaginative ways, our One-Minute Message video – shot in our Minneapolis studio in front of a greenscreen – provides an amusing overview of the concepts discussed more in-depth in the All’s Well That Eats Well case story.

After watching Frank semi-successfully attempt to present his vision for the future of health and wellness advocacy, make sure to read our case story report for a more practical alternative, which has been proven to offer quantifiable results. Over 40 years of implementing in-school programs on a variety of educational topics, we’ve been able to use teacher evaluations and detailed metrics to analyze and improve their effectiveness. Read the All’s Well That Eats Well case story for a comprehensive rundown of the lessons we’ve learned.

Key Takeaways

A number of health issues continue to plague Americans young and old, from oversized portions to unhealthy, unnatural foods, from lack of exercise to a lack of mental health awareness. That’s not even to mention negative habits such as smoking and bullying that can have an especially harmful effect on young bodies and minds. Bringing creative educational programs to schools helps health organizations inspire kids to lead healthy, positive lives – and enhance those organizations’ reputation in the process.

The All’s Well That Eats Well program, delivered by HealthPartners and NTC, used live theatre and related curriculum to focus on healthy eating habits and physical exercise specifically. Implementation of All’s Well That Eats Well imparted many lessons, some of which are detailed in this case story. Among the key takeaways discussed:

  • Aspects such as audience participation and repetition of main points contribute to increased retention from and engagement with the live theatre program
  • Supplemental materials such as student playbooks, teacher guides, and digital games and activities help convey information in a memorable, multidisciplinary way for many months
  • The power of the “Trickle Up” system inspires excitement among K-12 students and encourages them to pass messages along to their families and communities

Watch the One-Minute Message video for a humorous take on health and wellness education, then dive into our All’s Well That Eats Well case story to see what HealthPartners and NTC learned about delivering a high-impact program to K-12 schools.

For more information on NTC or NTC related programs and capabilities, contact us at [email protected].