Delivering Abbott's Values
Through volunteering, each of us demonstrates in a personal way Abbott’s commitment to helping people live fully.
Plant the seeds of healthy behaviours with activities that evaluate health fads, help set physical fitness goals, and more.
Hear how Abbott invests in local communities to make a lasting impact as your colleagues share stories about their volunteer experiences and what drives them to give back.
Take a look at this training guide, which contains all the tools and information you need to become a Future Well Kids volunteer.
STEM Aligned Lessons
These STEM activities explore the science behind how exercise and nutrition help reduce the risk of developing certain noncommunicable diseases. Students will learn how a healthy heart pumps blood, the relationship between exercise and energy, and the dangers of overconsumption of sugar.
In this session, students will learn about kinetic energy and demonstrate the effects of mass and speed on energy during a lab activity. Students will draw conclusions about the connections between kinetic energy, physical activity, and reducing their risk of developing certain NCDs.
Cardiovascular disease is a noncommunicable disease that accounts for nearly 18 million deaths per year. In this session students will learn how a healthy heart pumps blood through their bodies’ arteries by participating in a STEM design challenge in which they build a common model of a pumping heart. Then, they will learn about heart disease, how it affects the heart’s ability to pump, and how this noncommunicable disease develops and can be prevented.
Students will learn about the risks associated with overconsumption of sugar by visualizing the amount of sugar in various drinks and common food items. Students will then create a resource that explains to peers the connection between sugar consumption and NCDs.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the body processes glucose, and how overconsumption of foods with added sugars can play a role in increasing the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Students will develop models of the glucose molecule.
Students will learn about the essential role of whole foods (fruits, vegetables, protein, etc.) play in our health and how they help to reduce the development of non-communicable diseases. In addition, students will analyse typical supermarket designs and suggest potential innovations to help consumers choose whole foods.
Volunteers will lead these paper-based lessons, which are designed to inspire students to think critically about healthy living and preventing noncommunicable diseases, within one class period.
Students will discover the difference between health fads featured in the media and scientifically sound healthy habits. Students can then research recent significant health news and share their findings with the class.
Classes will be tasked with planning a student-facing campaign that promotes physical activity by identifying a major barrier to being active and proposing how to overcome it. Students will create a tangible goal and then share their results as part of the campaign requirements.
This activity focuses on the idea that healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. Upon reviewing their country’s dietary guidelines, students can develop modifications to their diet that will help them eat more healthily while still enjoying what they consume.
Students work in teams to design the optimal menu for a meal to celebrate a special event. Teams are given constraints on nutrition and cost and use equations to represent constraints.
Students will work in teams to participate in an educational escape room! Simple fitness challenges and health-themed puzzles will be presented to students as stations. Students that successfully complete all of the components will be eligible to escape!
Students will compare the ways that alcohol, tobacco, and vaping can negatively affect a person’s health. They will then participate in a mock debate before deciding which risky behavior will pose the biggest risk to their future health based on their learning.
Students will learn about nutrition and different types of physical activities, including cardio and seated. Students will design an obstacle course to learn about cardio physical activity and participate in information stations about nutrition and seated physical activities.
Students will explore various examples of fitness apps and discuss the strategies such apps use to help keep people active. They will work in groups to test free apps to see which ones are successful in helping people reduce the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases. They will share their findings and reflect on how they would improve the app design.
Students will review their sedentary hobbies, such as watching television or playing video games, and design a physical activity challenge that will help them increase their physical activity during these hobbies. They will explain how their plan could help them reach their daily physical activity recommendations.
After reviewing the elements of a standard nutrition label, students will learn how to interpret ingredient lists, including learning if the order of ingredients matters, how to differentiate between naturally occurring ingredients and chemicals, and draw conclusions about whether examples would be nutritious food choices.
Sleep affects almost every cell and function of our body, including blood pressure and cardiovascular health, and even affects the development of type 2 diabetes. In this activity, students will learn about the importance of sleep in maintaining health and the effects that lack of sleep can have on their overall health. Students will create a sleep guide to share the importance of sleep.
In this activity, students will learn the essential role that water plays for the body. They will also learn how they can recognise the signs that their bodies need fluids in order to understand how to meet daily intake needs to promote good health. They will share this information with friends and family in the form of an infographic.
Lead students through an exploration of health concepts and prevention of noncommunicable diseases with these standards-aligned, instructional resource bundles. Each lesson features digital media, engaging animation, and online resources. The lessons encourage student collaboration, communication, and engagement around key health skills.
Help put students on the path towards improving their eating habits as they learn how to apply dietary guidelines to nutritious meal plans they create for themselves.
This digital lesson will guide students through an exploration of the link between physical activity and health. In stations, students will try different forms of physical activity, investigate how their body reacts to different types of exercise, and learn more about each activity’s specific positive effects. Students will then examine their current level of activity and create an action plan to help them work toward achieving 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Building off the popularity and efficiency of YouTube workouts, student groups will collaborate to create the content for a short workout routine. They will learn the difference between aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities in order to create a routine that touches on three important types of physical activity. Students will then share their workout routines as they work toward accomplishing their 60 minutes of daily physical activity
In this lesson, students will discover how type 2 diabetes develops and what may be done to help reduce the risk of this noncommunicable disease. Students will then take the information they learned and create an infographic.
Students will learn the basics of blood pressure by participating in a demonstration using balloons, water, and air. Building on that experience, they will learn what it means to have “high blood pressure” before evaluating lifestyle choices and their effects on heart health.
Students will develop challenging movement patterns to increase their heart rates through physical activity. They will learn about the important role activity plays in maintaining heart health and decreasing their risk of developing noncommunicable diseases like heart disease. Students will learn the practice of taking your own pulse and the importance.