North Central College - Naperville, IL

Wynard presents at conference for health, physical education teachers

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Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of health education, talks on skills-based health ed.

Tammy S. Wynard, visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of health education, co-presented at the annual Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in St. Charles, Ill., in November. The conference brought together some 3,000 national and state participants, including other higher education professionals and those who provide direct teaching to children and adolescents, as well as pre-professional students.

Wynard’s session, titled “More Practice, Less Lecture: Skills-Based Health Education,” focused on helping participants know how to use skill-based activities related to communication, stress management, decision making and goal setting that reach the visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners in a school health classroom. The session provided an overview of how class time should be devoted to these universal life skills. Participants also gained insights by engaging in sample activities that connected the skills to specific content areas, such as nutrition, emotional wellness and sexual health.

Due to the positive response to this session, Wynard and her co-presenter from the University of Illinois Community Health Extension office were invited to give the same presentation at the DuPage County Health & Physical Education Institute Day in March 2012 at Naperville North High School.

Wynard joined North Central’s faculty in fall 2011. She earned a B.S. in community health education/speech communications from Illinois State University and an M.S. in school and college health education from Indiana University.