Let the Student Health Awareness Center help you with the health education needs of your students, Scouts or other youth groups. Field trips can be arranged at your convenience. The only one of its kind in the state, the Student Health Awareness Center educates approximately 20,000 students (pre-K through 12th grade) annually through more than 65 different age-appropriate programs.
Our classes are designed to supplement and enhance the school curriculum, and help schools meet New Jersey state mandates and Core Curriculum Content Standards for Health, Physical Education, and science. Groups of up to 55 children can be accommodated in each of the two classrooms, where Substance Awareness, Family Life, General Health and Character Education topics are addressed.
In addition to school programs, the SHAC offers programs to help Scouts fulfill badge requirements while learning important life lessons. Programs for Daisies, Brownies, Junior Cadettes, Girl Scouts, and Boy/Cub Scouts are offered based on their descriptions in the Scout handbooks.
Some of the requirements may need to be completed at the troop/den level. Badges are not provided by the center, but each Scout will be awarded a specially designed "Student Health Awareness Center" patch. We also offer a nursing career exploration program for scouts in which they can receive a nursing exploration patch with the program.
The center also offers the following programs for individuals and community groups:
Introduction to the physical, social and emotional changes that accompany puberty.
Girls Grow Up (ages 9-12 and a parent)
Boys Grow Up (ages 10-13 and a parent)
Girls 4 Real (ages 11-13 and a parent)
Are you true to yourself or are you just following the crowd? This class focuses on the impact that the media and society have on young girls’ self-image and confidence. Through interactive discussion, girls will learn how to develop a healthy sense of self and how to recognize characteristics of high and low self-esteem. They’ll come away with a better understanding of the pressures young girls face in today’s fast-paced society, and what they can do about it.
GPS for Parents…Navigating Your Daughter's Teen Years
This class is for parents of pre-teen and young teenage girls.Provides a sneak peak into the social realities that exist in the world of girls.Addresses issues of self-esteem, body image, cliques, and what we as parents can do to navigate these turbulent years.
Gateway to Trouble
For parents and children in grades 5-8. Don't buy into the "Not in my town" mentality! Younger and younger kids are using readily available drugs. This program focuses on education and prevention, and covers the dangers of "gateway drugs," including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants and prescription drugs.
Boys and girls ages 11-16 learn the fundamentals of caring for children, safety precautions, minor first aid skills, and how to look for a job.
CPR for Sitters
Available as an adjunct to our Babysitting class, or separately, this 3-hour class covers CPR for infants, young children and adults. Each participant receives a two-year certification. Appropriate for ages 12-16. Discount if taken in conjunction with Babysitting class.
Innovative Teaching and Dynamic Exhibits
The learning process in all of our programs is enhanced through the use of innovative teaching, dynamic exhibits, and instructional models that are not found anywhere else in New Jersey. TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Mannequin, is the focal point of the center and an integral part of our programs. Classes are conducted by trained and experienced health educators who staff the center.
Scheduling a Group Visit
School groups may visit the Student Health Awareness Center by appointment Monday through Friday during regular school hours. Times can be flexible to accommodate school schedules.
After-school programs are available upon request for Scout and other youth groups. Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance.
For more information on the Student Health Awareness Center or to make reservations, call (732) 308-1850.