World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 April and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for 2021 is "Building a fairer, healthier world".
The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. For this year, WHO notes that COVID-19 has highlighted that some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services than others - entirely due to the conditions in which they are born, grow, live, work and age.
All over the world, some groups struggle to make ends meet with little daily income, have poorer housing conditions and education, fewer employment opportunities, experience greater gender inequality, and have little or no access to safe environments, clean water and air, food security and health services. This leads to unnecessary suffering, avoidable illness, and premature death, states WHO, and it harms our societies and economies.
Read more about World Health Day 2021 on the WHO website here.
Need some ideas for activities? Try these!
Practice Mindful Meditation
Promoting world health isn’t just about diet and exercise, it’s about promoting mental health as well. In these trying times, students may be feeling anxious because their normal everyday routine has been uprooted. To help combat some of that anxiety, students can practice mindful meditation.
Most kids love to dance, and there's something about music that lightens the day. Have your children create playlists and crank up that music. You can even create dance routines together! If you're looking for some inspiration for a routine, you can follow this dance!
Hand-washing is a super important topic to regularly cover and remind everyone of (not just children!), especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. This song to the tune of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is another fun one to add to your repertoire.
Thank a frontline worker
As a class, put together a letter or cards thanking a frontline worker. You could also share these messages virtually with posts on a classroom or school Twitter account!
Free resources on
X Movement Classroom:
World Health Day 2021 Playlist
Our free playlist on X Movement Classroom has videos that cover a wide range of topics on health, whether it be from Nutrition, mindfulness, physical activity and fitness, as a way to introduce the idea to children that health is wholistic, and not just attributed to physical health.
This Monday March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate progress made and raise awareness of the work that needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women and girls for future generations.
International Women’s Day had its first celebration in 1911 and has since been celebrated each year for over a century. The goal? To recognize incredible women, their achievements, and their futures!
This year's theme is “Choose to Challenge”, which challenges us to think of plans and actions that actively fight gender inequality!
This International Women's Day, let's think of ways to actively engage our students and prompt them to think about the importance of gender equality and ways we can work to achieve this in everyday life.
Click here to view a discussion starting video following the 2021 “Choose To Challenge” theme. For a “classic” TEDx talk from 2013 by the brilliant Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled, “We should all be Feminists” click here.
Need some ideas for classroom activities? Try these!
Discuss with students the history of International Women’s Day and the purpose for celebrating such a special day.
Have students make posters to display on International Women’s Day.
Use these activity cards to prompt your students to actively think and engage!
Share this fact sheet to supplement their learning!
Click here for an IWD kid-friendly informational youtube video that covers gender equality through history.
For a complete list of amazing classroom resources, click HERE.
Free Resources on X Movement Classroom:
Female Lead Activities:
Strong female leads can help empower women and girls, as well as create mentors and positive role models. We’ve put together a FREE playlist of videos on our X Movement Classroom online platform led by our female-identifying Energizers to help engage students, spark a conversation and lead activities while you celebrate International Women’s Day 2021!
1. How often do you bring up gender equality in your curriculum?
2. Is there a role you can play in International Women's day this year?
3. Why is it important that we live in a balanced world?
4. What are some stereotypes some people may have about women? Why is this not good/healthy?
5. Do you think that women are underrepresented in any aspects of modern Canadian life?
6. Can you think of any professions in which women outnumber men? Why do you think that this is the case?
Jokes to share in your classroom:
What has ears but cannot hear?
Why did the student eat his homework?
Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!
How does a vampire start a letter?
Tomb it may concern…
What do you call a duck that gets all A’s?
A wise quacker.
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