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Health Education Made Fun

Imagine a place that makes learning fun and discovery exciting. That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Student Health Awareness Center (SHAC). We are a unique resource that can help to fill the health education needs of your scouts, students, or other youth groups.

Play. Discover. Learn. During and After School

SHAC offers age-appropriate programs for schools and community groups covering a range of topics–from learning how to save a life with CPR to taking care of their own well-being, including:

  • Substance awareness prevention
  • Family life
  • Self-esteem
  • Growth and development
  • General health
  • Character education
  • Healthy food choices
  • The body’s organs and systems
  • The senses
  • Germs and how they spread
  • Dental health
  • Safety
  • CPR
  • Babysitting
  • Exercise and fitness…and more!

Innovative Teaching and Dynamic Exhibits

The learning process in all of our programs is enhanced through the use of innovative teaching, dynamic exhibits, and instructional models. All classes are conducted by trained and experienced health educators who staff the center.

TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Mannequin, is a focal point of the center and an integral part of our programs. This clear plastic, life-sized model of a human female illuminates the various organs and systems of the body while providing verbal descriptions of each.

Our classes are designed to supplement and enhance the school curriculum, helping schools meet New Jersey state mandates and Core Curriculum Content Standards for health, physical education, and science. Groups of up to 55 children can be accommodated in each of our two classrooms. Field trips to our center can be arranged at your convenience or the programs can be held at your location.


We offer similar programs to help Scouts fulfill badge requirements while learning important life lessons. Programs for Daisies, Brownies, Junior Cadettes, Girl Scouts, and Boy/Cub Scouts can be customized based on their descriptions in the Scout handbooks.

Some of the requirements may need to be completed at the troop/den level. Badges are not provided by the center, but each participating Scout is awarded a specially designed Student Health Awareness Center patch. Our offerings include a nursing career exploration program for Scouts, in which they can earn a nursing exploration patch.

Scheduling a Program

Groups may visit by appointment Monday through Friday during regular school hours. Times can be flexible to accommodate school schedules.

After-school programs are available upon request for Scouts and other youth groups. Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Contact Us

To learn more or to make reservations, please call 732.308.1850.