Teaching Today's Health

Benjamin Cummin
David Anspaugh / Gene Ezell  
Total pages
February 2012
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Teaching Today’s Health, Tenth Edition, balances comprehensive theory with a wealth of effective classroom activities to give students the tools they need to become successful health educators.


This book’s strong background and depth in teaching methods prepares the student for the challenges of today’s teaching environment.

  • Meaningful content enhancements include expanded coverage of bullying and obesity, body systems, and substance abuse and a new Creativity in the Classroom feature and an Index of Strategies). 
  • Important currency updates include a significantly updated nutrition chapter with new MyPlate and 2010 Dietary Guidelines and more technology coverage.
  • Helpful Companion Website include all Worksheets available in PDF form, for easy copying to hand out to students in class, and a new easy-to-reference Glossary.
Priced significantly less than other books in the market, this attractive two-color book provides a great value to students.


  • Solid foundation in health method theory shows students how to teach to elementary and grade school children.
  • Detailed classroom activities give students practical, hands-on ideas to use in their future lesson plans and classrooms.
  • Health Highlight boxes highlight important information and introduce tools teachers can use with their students.
  • Suggested grade levels are listed next to each activity in the strategies chapters to help students adapt activities to their own K—8 classrooms.
  • Companion Website features quizzes that help students study, Web links for each chapter to expand on the chapter content, web-based activities, a glossary and flashcards, and additional Worksheet masters for students to use when teaching.
  • Comprehensive coverage of current health topics includes Healthy People 2020, MyPlate, Coordinated School Health programs, HIV, and cyberbullying.
  • Sample lesson plans in each of the strategies chapters help students plan instruction based on the National Health Education Standards.
  • Worksheets at the end of the book are provided as a tool that can be used directly in the health classroom.
  • Assessment criteria appears in every activity in the Strategies chapters.
  • Teaching Tips and Creativity in the Classroom short features describe practical and tested “best practices” for new health teachers and suggest ways to capture student attention.


New to this Edition

  • Meaningful Content Revisions include:

    • New emphasis on

      • Bullying (with information on cyber bullying)
      • Obesity
      • Making connections across body systems
      • Expanded coverage of substance abuse
    • Creativity in the Classroom features highlight steps that teachers can take to grab student attention in the classroom.
    • New Index of Strategies offers an at-a-glance listing of all activities offered within the ten strategies chapters
  •   Important current updates include:
    • The nutrition chapter has been significantly updated to reflect the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines, Healthy People 2020, new obesity issues, MyPlate, and lifetime activity recommendations.
    • Technology coverage highlights how to integrate technology use in a K-8 health class and also the impact of technology on health topics (i.e. spread of cyber bullying).
  • Helpful Companion Website includes:

    • New and updated worksheets are available for use in future teaching situations. The word searches and crosswords are now available only on the companion website.

    • The new Glossary defines the bold terms found throughout the chapters, and is available on the Companion Website.

Table of Contents

Brief Contents

  1. The Need for Health Education
  2. The Role of the Teacher in Coordinated School Health Programs
  3. Planning for Health Instruction
  4. Strategies for Implementing Health Instruction
  5. Measurement and Evaluation of Health Education
  6. Mental Health and Stress Reduction
  7. Strategies for Teaching Mental Health and Stress Reduction
  8. Body Systems
  9. Personal Health
  10. Strategies for Teaching Body Systems and Personal Health
  11. Sexuality Education
  12. Strategies for Teaching Sexuality Education
  13. Substance Use and Abuse
  14. Strategies for Teaching About Substance Use and Abuse
  15. Infectious and Noninfectious Conditions
  16. Strategies for Teaching About Infectious and Noninfectious Conditions
  17. Nutrition
  18. Strategies for Teaching Nutrition
  19. Injuries: Accident and Violence Prevention
  20. Strategies for Teaching About Injuries: Accident and Violence Prevention
  21. Consumer Health
  22. Strategies for Teaching Consumer Health
  23. Aging, Dying, and Death
  24. Strategies for Teaching About Aging, Dying, and Death
  25. Environmental Health
  26. Strategies for Teaching Environmental Health


David J. Anspaugh is a Professor at Albion College. He has extensive experience serving for various organizations, such as American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and various regional branches of the organization. Anspaugh has served as president of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD). He is currently the President-Elect of Midwest District AAHPERD. In 2007 he was selected by the American Association for Health Education as the University Health Educator of the year. He has published several dozen books and journal articles and has won five distinguished teaching awards.



Gene Ezell is a Professor of Health Education at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also serves as the Departmental Health Education Curriculum Coordinator and is responsible for evaluating revisions to the undergraduate and graduate health education course offerings. He is an active member of AAHPERD and the Tennessee AHPERD. He has written, cowritten, and reviewed several books and journal articles in the field of health education. Ezell is the recipient of several awards, including the United States’ College Health Educator of the Year award (1995).

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