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The ABCs of Health Edco’s
Health Education Resources

This December, we are so thankful that health educators like you turn to Health Edco for your health education needs. We’ll continue to work hard maintaining your trust for many years to come!

Our established foundation of creation and innovation in health education ensures that our proprietary products undergo constant review to keep them current and relevant.

We offer an extensive product assortment in multiple health categories. In fact, Health Edco has something to offer in the field of health education from A to Z! Read on to learn more about the ABCs of Health Edco and our alphabet of offerings.

A Is for Anatomy and Training Models

Health Edco has long been known for our detailed selection of anatomical and training models that you’ll find in our product sections devoted to anatomy and procedure training.

Health Edco’s training models and simulators have become the standard in training healthcare students and professionals to perform a variety of medical and nursing procedures, from injection training and TB testing to nasogastric intubation, catheterization, and fetal monitoring. Several of our training models are among our best-selling health education resources, including our Abdominal Palpation Model Set, Catheter Model Set, and Ostomy Care Model.

Use our new Swab Test Training Model to teach healthcare
professionals to perform nasopharyngeal swab testing.

Our latest addition to our line of procedure training models is the Swab Test Training Model. Durable and affordable, this model is designed to train healthcare students and staff on the performance of nasopharyngeal swab testing for the diagnosis of COVID-19, the flu, and other respiratory infections. A nasopharyngeal swab can be passed through the nasal passage, and a standard tongue depressor can be inserted into the mouth to depress the fleshlike tongue to demonstrate and practice strep testing. A see-through Plexiglas cover enables viewers to watch while procedures are demonstrated. Learn more about our new Swab Test Training Model!

B Is for Babies

Nurturing healthy babies, growing healthy families: This is the mission of our sister company, Childbirth Graphics. Health Edco proudly carries Childbirth Graphics’ childbirth education materials, models, and resources in our product section devoted to childbirth & development. We have a wide range of resources dedicated to educating expectant and new parents as well as healthcare students in a full range of childbearing topics, including pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, postpartum, early parenting, and more.

C Is for Cardiovasular Health

In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, accounting for about one in every four deaths. The good news is that leading a heart-healthy lifestyle—such as being smoke-free, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular physical activity—can make a big difference in cutting the risk for heart disease. To help students and patients understand what heart disease is, how it develops, and how to reduce its risk, Health Edco carries a comprehensive line of heart health education products, models, and displays. These resources cover multiple aspects of cardiovascular health and make them easy to understand for any audience, including atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and more.

D Is for Diabetes

It is estimated that just over 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, while about 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes. Despite many myths and misunderstands about diabetes, diabetes is a serious condition, leading to multiple damaging health consequences and even death when it is not properly managed and controlled. For this reason, Health Edco has a full line of diabetes education products, models, and materials in our diabetes education resources section. Among our best-selling diabetes education products are our A1C Levels: An Inside Look Model, which teaches patients and students about the A1C test and the importance of blood glucose management, and our Effects of Diabetes Display, which features sculpted models of a heart, brain, foot, kidney, and more that reveal the potentially devastating consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. Perfect for audiences of all ages to present the facts about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, Health Edco’s diabetes teaching materials are must-have resources for any diabetes education program.

E Is for E-Cigarettes

In the last few years, the popularity of e-cigarettes has exploded, particularly among young people, resulting in youth nicotine addiction that can affect brain development as well as an outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes and vaping products. To help young people and adults understand the risks of e-cigarettes, we’ve expanded our line of tobacco education resources to include teaching tools that specifically address the risks and potential harms of e-cigarettes. Our popular The Facts About E-Cigarettes & Vaping Folding Display explains in easy-to-understand terms that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes.

Our new E-Cigarettes & Vaping: A Closer Look 3-D Display
uses realistic models and clear text to present the facts about vaping.

With realistic, painted models of multiple vaping devices and paraphernalia—including flavored disposables, a vape pen, mods with sub-ohm tanks, a nic salt pod, and e-liquids—our new E-Cigarettes & Vaping: A Closer Look 3-D Display is perfect to educate young people about the risks of e-cigarettes while helping parents and educators to identify a variety of vaping devices.

F Is for Food Models

As part of Health Edco’s line of nutrition education resources, Health Edco is known for its realistic food model packages that are designed to teach about healthy eating and portion sizes. Our popular faux food model packages feature lifelike food models as well as cards with nutrition facts that are color-coded to MyPlate for each included food. Check out our popular Faux Foods Basic Package, an economical way to start a faux foods collection with 23 food models, the Faux Foods Starter Package with 40 food models, or the Faux Foods Deluxe Starter Package, a comprehensive set of 57 food models from all of MyPlate’s food groups that also includes beverages and desserts.

G Is for Gum Disease and Oral Health

Oral health can be a window into overall health, and Health Edco has dental models and materials in our oral health section that emphasize the importance of proper tooth brushing, flossing, and cleaning throughout life. Our popular Progression of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Display is an important visual for parents to understand the dental consequences of putting an infant or young child to bed with a bottle of juice, breastmilk, formula, or any liquid containing added or naturally occurring sugars. Older children will love our dental health education displays, including our Plaque Hunter Demonstration Model, which reveals the importance of proper brushing and flossing to remove tooth-decaying plaque.

H Is for Hygiene

Health Edco has memorable ways to help audiences remember some of the basics of good hygiene—such as the importance of hand washing or covering coughs and sneezes—in our section of resources dedicated to the teaching of hygiene. Young children especially love our Bag of Germs™ Set, which is a real eye-opener, revealing how germs can hide in the cracks and crevices of the skin, underscoring the importance of frequent and regular hand washing.

I Is for Influenza

It is estimated that about 8 percent of the population of the United States gets the flu each year, resulting in 12,000 to 61,000 deaths annually since 2010. To help combat the spread of the flu and other viral respiratory viruses including COVID-19, our How to Protect Against Flu and Other Viruses Folding Display is a great resource to teach some basic preventive measures, including regular hand washing, maintaining a social distance, and more.

J Is for Junk Food

With the popularity and ubiquity of junk food, every nutrition education program must address the health problems that can result when junk food is regularly consumed in place of healthy foods, such as lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat and fat-free milk products. Many of Health Edco’s nutrition education materials make the clear connection between junk food, excess weight gain, and other health problems, including our Junk for Sale™ Display, How to Gain 5 Pounds in 30 Days Display, and Fast Food Blubber Busters Display.

Our Junk for Sale™ Display takes a satirical look
at the nutritional content of many snack foods.

K Is for Kidney Disease

Uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, drug abuse, an inactive lifestyle—lifestyle habits and uncontrolled health conditions such as these can lead to kidney problems, including kidney stones, kidney disease, and kidney failure. Resources such as our Effects of Diabetes Display or High Blood Pressure Consequences 3-D Display are ideal to show why diabetes and blood pressure management are essential for kidney health.

L Is for Lung Disease

Health Edco’s foundation goes back to the 1960s with the development of the Lung Ashtray, an early anti-smoking resource showing how smoking harms the lungs. Today, our advanced line of tobacco education materials includes a wide range of lung models that reveal how smoking ravages the lungs, resulting in conditions such as COPD and lung cancer. For example, our Cough Up a Lung™ Model gives a tactile view of a lung consumed by emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and cancer, and Lou-Wheeze Smoker’s Lungs Comparison Model provides a clear demonstration of the difference a tobacco-free lifestyle makes by comparing the ability of a diseased smoker’s lung to inflate with a healthy lung.

M Is for Men’s Health

In our product section devoted specifically to men’s health, we have models, displays, and handouts that address health conditions specific to men, such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and male breast cancer. For example, our recently updated TSE Mini Pocket Guide is a convenient handout to explain how to perform testicular self-examination for the early detection of testicular cancer, and our Feel for Yourself: Prostate Conditions Display serves as an ice breaker for healthcare professionals to discuss prostate cancer and prostate cancer screening with their patients.

N Is for Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential for good health. Our section of teaching tools dedicated to nutrition is packed with a diverse range of educational resources for audiences of all ages. In addition to our faux food models and materials that explain the dangers of a diet rich in junk food, Health Edco has unique teaching materials to teach the basics of MyPlate, the importance of portion control, or the role of balancing calories and physical activity to maintain a healthy weight. Discover our SpinSmart™ Nutrition Wheel, Visualize Your Portion Size Display, or Balancing Act of Food and Fitness Activity to see just a few of our nutrition teaching tools that can be adapted for multiple age groups.

O Is for Overweight and Obesity

Tackling excess body weight isn’t easy, but the resources in our product section devoted to overweight and obesity are a good place to start! With models representing type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, heart attack, and more, our Obesity Consequences 3-D Display makes it clear that obesity has serious health effects. Designed for middle school to adult audiences, the Obesity Education Package includes handouts and displays to explain the problems associated with obesity and how to combat obesity with good nutrition and physical activity.

P Is for Physical Activity

Learning about the importance of physical activity is a fun exercise with the resources in our section on physical activity. Our tactile Globs of Fat™ and Masses of Muscle™ Set, for example, reveals that muscle takes up about half the volume of fat while weighing the same amount. And, our SpinSmart™ Physical Activity Wheel helps children understand why physical activity is important and rewards them with extra points for performing a particular exercise.

Our SpinSmart™ Physical Activity Wheel gets players
moving while learning about the benefits of physical activity.

Q Is for Quality

Although quality isn’t a health education topic, it’s something our health education materials are known for, and it’s something we take great pride in! We create our proprietary products through detailed research of health topics and in consultation with our advisory board of health experts. From product development through product creation and manufacturing, we strive to bring health education to life and help you reach your audiences with your important health messages.

R Is for Relationships & Sex Education

Teaching about relationships and their sexual consequences can be difficult, but our sex education resources can help break the ice and bring complicated issues into focus. For example, our Wheel of Choices Game helps young people understand the connection between actions and consequences while they learn about STDs, pregnancy, abstinence, sexual violence, and more. Our Contraceptive Education Starter Package includes training models and more to teach about the variety and effectiveness of different contraceptive methods.

S Is for Substance Abuse

Health Edco has an extensive line of products related to substance abuse in our sections dedicated to drugs and alcohol. To combat the opioid epidemic, for example, our Effects & Hazards of Opioids Display and Anatomy of an Opioid Abuser 3-D Display highlight the realities of opioid addiction and the high risk of fatal opioid overdose. Our Drunk & Dangerous Packages (available with glasses or goggles provide young people with a safe, interactive activity to reinforce the dangers of drinking and driving.

Our Anatomy of an Opioid Abuser 3-D Display features 3-D models
to explain the devastating and deadly effects of opioid abuse.

T Is for Tobacco

As mentioned above, Health Edco got its start with the creation of a Lung Ashtray that helped raise awareness of the dangers of smoking. From that humble beginning, our line of tobacco education resources has grown to cover materials dedicated to teaching dangers of all forms of nicotine addiction, whether from smoking, smokeless tobacco, or e-cigarettes. One long-standing customer favorite is our Mr. Gross Mouth™, a life-size mouth model with a lifelike tongue that reveals the ravages of smokeless tobacco use on oral health: cancer of the upper palate, tongue, mouth, and gums; inflammation and recession of the gums; cavities; rotting teeth; and tooth loss. Lessons about the dangers of smokeless tobacco are sure to be remembered after an encounter with Mr. Gross Mouth!

U Is for UV Radiation

Our sun safety product section raises awareness of what can happen after too much exposure to the sun’s UV radiation, such as sunburn, premature aging of the skin, eye damage, and skin damage, including melanoma, a leading form of cancer among teens and adults.

V Is for Vaccines

Vaccines save lives. Our Childhood Immunizations Folding Display reminds parents of the importance of childhood immunizations and covers more than 14 diseases that childhood vaccinations prevent. Similarly, we have women’s health education resources and sex education materials that raise awareness about HPV vaccination (including our Pap Tests, Cervical Cancer, and HPV Folding Display and What You Should Know About STDs Folding Display) to help prevent HPV-related cancers, including cervical cancer, and and genital warts.

W Is for Women’s Health

Health Edco has an extensive line of resources devoted to women’s health, including our many breast self-exam (BSE) models that provide women with the tools they need to practice breast self-awareness for the early detection of breast cancer. Our popular Multi-Type BSE Model, for example, available in beige and brown skin tones, features three breast models—one with no lumps, one with a fibrocystic condition, and one with palpable and non-palpable lumps—to emphasize the importance of BSE, clinical exams, and mammography for the early breast cancer detection.

X Is for X-Ray

Our Hand-Held Mechanical Smoker uses an image of an actual X-ray depicting lung cancer as part of its demonstration to show the dangers of smoking. As this deceptively simple model puffs on a cigarette, the cigarette’s tar deposits on the X-ray image, powerfully revealing the connection between tobacco use and lung cancer.

Our many women’s health education resources dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer provide information about mammograms, which are lose-dose X-rays of the breast that can help detect areas of concern. Materials including our Breast Care Folding Display cover the importance of mammography, while the non-palpable lumps in our BSE models also emphasize the role of mammography in early breast cancer detection.

Y Is for Young People

Prevention is the best medicine, and the best form of prevention is developing healthy habits from the very beginning! That’s why Health Edco has many health education resources that are great for teaching young people. Just a few examples include our SpinSmart™ Activity Wheels dedicated to nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco. These SpinSmart Wheels include questions for young people in grades 1 through 5 as well as for grade 6 through adult.

Filled with about 2 weeks’ worth of simulated smoker’s
phlegm, Clem’s Phlegm™ grabs young people’s attention.

Children also love our best-selling Clem’s Phlegm™, a jar of disgusting simulated smoker’s phlegm designed to deter smoking, and our Sneezy Sam™ Display, which is a fun way to teach young people why they need to cover their coughs and sneezes to prevent the spread of illness.

Z Is for Zinc Miracle Mask™

We recently created our new Zinc Miracle line of cloth masks, gaiters, and super comfy pillowcases, all made with soft, durable, zinc-infused fabric. The fabric kills odor-causing bacteria and is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal. Check out our new Zinc Miracle products!

Learn More

As you can see, Health Edco is your go-to resource for health education materials from A to Z! Visit our health education subjects to learn more about our innovative and creative teaching tools.

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