Influences on Health Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan discusses three main influences on health and allows students to think about their own choices. They will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss how three main determinants influence health
  • identify the positive and negative impacts of those determinants
  • explain how individuals can make more healthy choices


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.



  • Begin the lesson by dividing the class into three groups:
    • social
    • cultural
    • environmental
  • Then ask them to discuss how their assigned topic influences health.
  • Allow them to share their responses.
  • Then explain that this lesson further explores those three influences of health.
  • Distribute a copy of the Influences on Health: Social, Cultural & Environmental lesson, select a volunteer to read the first two paragraphs and this section, 'Social Impacts on Health', then start the following discussion:
    • Define determinants and explain their effect on health.
    • Explain how societal pressures negatively impacts one's health.
    • Can societal influences positively affect an individual's health? If so, explain.
    • Have you experienced peer pressure influences regarding your health? If so, explain.
    • Discuss how your family influences your health.
  • Select another volunteer to read 'Cultural Impacts on Health', then provide these prompts:
    • How might a person's religion and culture affect their health?
    • Describe how gender plays a role in our health.
    • The lesson mentions Latin America and Africa's viewpoint on women, identify other country's influence.
  • Next choose another student to read the remainder of the lesson, then ask these questions:
    • How do fast-food restaurants impact the community's health?
    • Explain how pollution has caused health problems.
    • Discuss other environmental factors acknowledged in the lesson that impact a community's health.
  • Afterwards, distribute the lesson quiz and allow students to complete it independently, in pairs or groups.
  • Then review the answers.

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