Session 14 - Culture and Health

The primary focus of this session is to:

  • Use African drumming and African dance techniques to bring fathers and sons together for a cultural experience.

The particular emphasis will be on:

  • Creating an ethnically appealing and supportive community environment among participants.
  • Encouraging personal and creative expression through dance and drumming as another form of communication and physical activity.
  • Encouraging individual and group harmony through non-verbal communication between fathers and sons.

Knowledge –Attitudes –Skills Expected

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • 1. Explain the significance of African drum and dance to African culture.
  • 2. Understand the significance of cultural practices on the physical and mental health of individuals.
  • 3. Use cultural practices to appreciate methods of non-verbal communication and unique physical activities that can influence family relationships and well-being.


  • Sign up for Talent Showcase
  • Affirmation & Meditation
  • Endurance, Speed, and Strength Exercises
  • PowerPoint Presentation: Rhythm of the Drums
  • African Drum and Dance
Homework Due
  • Positive and Negative Online Behaviors
  • PALA+ Physical Activity and Nutrition Log #2
Homework Assigned
  • Complete Memory Books
Materials Needed
  • Sign-up sheet for talent show
  • Experienced session facilitators
  • Facilitator script for PowerPoint slides (Rhythm of the Drums)
  • Handouts on dance, drumming, and health
  • African Drum/African Dance videos
  • Stop Watches (2)
Suggested Staff
  • Project Staff
  • Facilitator
  • Observer
Session Outline
  • Quick Overview of Today’s Session (5 minutes)
  • Check-In (10 minutes)
  • Activities (85 minutes)
    • Sign up for Talent Showcase (10 minutes)
    • Affirmation & Meditation (10 minutes)
    • Endurance, Speed, and Strength Exercises (20 minutes)
    • Introduction to African Drumming and Dance (5 minutes)
    • PowerPoint Presentation: Rhythm of the Drums (10 minutes)
    • African Drumming and Dance Activity (30 minutes)
  • Homework Assignment (5 minutes)
  • Closing Summary (5 minutes)
  • Check-Out (10 minutes)


Lesson Plan

PowerPoint Materials

Culture and Health - Rhythm of the Drums CHRD Facilitator Script

Activities and Handouts

Closing Ceremony Talent Showcase Signup Drumming and Dancing Endurance Speed and Strength Log Sheet

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