General Health programs at the Poe Center educate children and youth on the major body systems and communicable diseases.

While our Transparent Anatomical Mannequin (TAM) and her sidekick, SAM the Systems Man, are able to bring these topics to life at our Raleigh facility, their messages and information can be translated anywhere!

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  • Body Machine

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Delve into the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. Investigate key health concerns and identify current research on keeping the body healthy. Please note: Content and presentation are adjusted to suit the learning needs of 6th grade through 8th grade and 9th grade through 12th grade.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Bones, Muscles and Joints

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    Don’t be afraid of this skeletal session. Participants learn the function of bones and the importance of keeping them healthy. 3-D models illustrate how the bones support the body. Volunteers demonstrate how to keep the spine in-line.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Decisions… Decisions…

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    How do I deal with my stress?  What do I say to my friends who are pressuring me to cheat?  How do I get my turn on the computer when my sibling is always hogging it?  Decisions… Decisions… is designed to help kids with these every-day situations by teaching a decision making frame work for dealing with stress, conflict and peer pressure.  Participants will travel into their future and recognize how decisions today will help them achieve their dreams.  Making difficult decisions ahead of time will help participants plan for plenty of rest, negotiating win-win solutions and take an assertive stand against peer pressure among other empowering strategies.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Decisions… Decisions… Teen Talk (Online Only)

    Schedule this program for: 5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Co-facilitated by a Poe health educator and trained high-school volunteers from Poe’s Teen Health Advisory Council, this version of Decisions... Decisions... is specially designed to deal with the stress of COVID-19 from a teen perspective.

    Program Length: 60 minutes

  • GermBusters

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere! What are we talking about? GERMS! Whether it’s cold and flu season or just close quarters, germs can spread easily. Through this interactive experience, empower your students with the knowledge to reduce the transmission of these microscopic organisms.

    Program Length: 45 minutes

  • Mission POE-ssible

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    Take a journey to learn and explore the human body. Participants will identify several body systems as well as learn about what can affect these systems. Secret agents (participants) are tasked with a mission to defeat some of the saboteurs of our body systems. Agents have to make choices and answer questions along the way to complete the mission. The exhibits and activities provide the agents with opportunities to get into the concepts and see their systems “up close”. Participants explore myths and realities of sunscreen, learn the importance of protective equipment and learn about the spread of germs and food borne illnesses.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • My Body, My Buddy

    Schedule this program for: Preschool

    Young children identify eating healthy foods, being physically active and sleeping as ways to take care of their bodies. Organ Annie helps emphasize the importance of taking good care of the body while highlighting our key organs.

    Program Length: 30 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Safety Smart

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade

    You are someone special! Through a series of hands-on activities and games, this program illustrates the message of protecting yourself from the everyday dangers of daily activities. Learn how to stay safe and healthy while still having fun!

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Street Safe

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Poe Center's Street Safe program is a collaboration with NC Safe Routes to School and provides safety information for walking, biking and riding as a passenger in a car. Program can be customized/adjusted to ensure age/grade level appropriate content/activities for various groups.

    Program Length: Three 15-minute sessions or one 45-minute session
    Meets Essential Standards:
    • Kindergarten: K.NPA.1, 1.3; K.PCH.2, 2.2
    • Grade 1: 1.NPA.1; 1.NPA.3, 3.1, 3.2
    • Grade 2: 2.NPA.1; 2.NPA.3, 3.2
    • Grade 3: 3.NPA.1, 1.3
    • Grade 4: 4.NPA.1; 4.NPA.3
    • Grade 5: 5.NPA.1, 1.2; 5.NPA.3, 3.2

  • Summertime Safety

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Safe outdoor fun is the focus of this program. Children learn about protection from the sun, signs of overheating and dehydration, safe warm weather exercise and nutrition, poisonous plants, bug bites and more. Be active, stay safe, and have safe fun in the hot sun.

    Program Length: 45 minutes

  • Sunbeatables

    Schedule this program for: PreschoolKindergarten1st Grade

    In this curriculum, children meet the Ray and the Sunbeatables® superheroes, who travel around the world using their superpowers of sun protection. Children are encouraged to participate in activities to help Ray and his friends stay sun safe every day and everywhere they go.

    Program Length: 30 minutes