Have you ever created health handouts at the last minute prior to a health lunch and learn? We often develop them without thinking about the fact that excellent health handout can make a good health lunch and learn even better.
Why Give Health Handouts?
- Provide participants with a guide to help them with future research.
- Make sure to help participants remember your health lunch and learn long after it is over.
- Show info visually, which meets the needs of visual learners.
- Permit participants to concentrate on your meeting instead of writing down everything you say.
- Give you something to refer back to when planning future health lunch and learns.
Health Handouts: When to Create Them?
Health Handouts should be created at the same time that you’re planning your health lunch and learn. This ensures that the facts you include will be tailored to that specific lunch and learn.
It’s a really good idea to make copies of your health handouts ahead of time to avoid potential problems (like having the photo copier jam ten minutes before your health lunch and learn begins.)
Health Handouts: When to Distribute?
Recommendations differ greatly with respect to the best time to distribute health handouts. Some experts think it is best to distribute health handouts at the beginning or end of the health lunch and learn, and experts prefer the point at which the info is most relevant.
Just remember that your participants will most likely look at health handouts right when they get them and will most likely miss no matter what you say in the next a few minutes.
Health Handouts: What info to include?
- Make sure to an outline of the main topics in your health lunch and learn.
- Make sure to include specific information that participants will want to refer in the future.
- Make sure to include health illustrations, charts and graphics
- Make sure to make part of your health handout an activity guide.
- Remember, with health handouts “less is more” so be brief.
Health Handouts: Design Tips?
- Make sure to set off important information using italics, bolding and/or underlining.
- Use bullet lists because they are easier to scan and understand.
- Generally leave at least a 3/4 inch margin on each side.
- Use a two-column format.
- Serif fonts (Times New Roman) are more impressive than sans serif fonts (such as Arial).
- Make sure to use four or less fonts in a handout.
- Make sure to leave plenty of white space for easy reading.
- If you have several health handouts, make them individually discernible by using different colors.
- When you are health handout is complete, ask yourself the following:
- Does the health handout look appealing?
- Do the health facts flow well?
- Are there helpful health websites or applicable health tips are needed/included?
- When a attendee were to forget everything you presented, would the data included in the health handout help them remember the main ideas?
- Is your personal contact info included?