About Health Talk Express

Health Talk Express is a 30 minutes or less talk about a specific health topic. The Talks are designed to combine health education with cues to action for changing behavior. The goals of Health Talk Express are to:

  • Identify the health problem.
  • Describe an instance someone was affected by the problem.
  • Identify actions that can address the problem.
  • Discuss pros and cons to engaging in the action.
  • Energize the participants to take action.

Health Talk Express uses Monroe’s Motivated Sequence (Attention, Need, Satisfaction, Visualization, and Call to Action) to share science-based health information. Some potential talks include: Act F.A.S.T to Prevent a Stroke, Cholesterol Matters, Know More about Cancer Screenings, Pressure Down: Controlling Your Blood Pressure, and Power to Prevent Diabetes, & Stress: Friend or Foe.

These in-person talks can be done as a single event or combined for a short series program over time. Each talk is short so they can be added to an existing event, such as a staff meeting or parent/guardian informational night.

Health Talk Express Components

  • PowerPoint presentation on the topic (less than 30 minutes)
  • 1-page handout
  • Evaluation survey

To host a Health Talk Express, schools just need access to a presentation set up (projector, television, etc.) to show the PowerPoint.

Additional Resources

Interested educators should connect with their county AgriLife Extension office for more information. Find their contact information here: https://counties.agrilife.org/