3 Ways to Make Healthy Choices Easier for Kids with Nutrition Education
August 21, 2014
One school’s successful solution is short Balance My Day videos, which are combined with the curriculum’s activities and assessments to make flexible, yet effective nutrition education lessons. Another school uses Move and Learn nutrition related activities during P.E. time to reinforce the nutrition messaging taught in the classrooms.
2. Making healthy choices easier for kids also includes repeating healthy messages, and role modeling healthy practices, everywhere kids live, learn, and play.
Our Healthy6 printables help you, help them make healthy choices because they are designed to connect all the different KidLinks with the same messaging. Find classroom, afterschool, and creative cafeteria activities, parent tips and handouts, Healthy Me personal challenges, and WOWS newsletter ideas all in one place!
Consider all the places kids can possibly move through on any given school day:
Home — Transport to and from school — School — Classroom — Recess — Cafeteria — Music — P.E. — Afterschool program — Daycare — Extracurricular activities — Sports
And the list goes on…
The good news is that each of us can take small, simple steps to do what we can, where we are, for building kids’ healthy habits. Can you take one action for kids using the Healthy6 printables this week?
3. Sometimes making healthy choices easier for kids involves workshops and training for educators, administrators, and staff.
A customized HKC training for staff in the West Orange, New Jersey school district was centered around three main targets: how to integrate brain breaks for better focus and concentration…healthy eating messages sprinkled throughout the school hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms…and nutrition education woven into PE and core curriculum K-12. The entire school district in West Orange truly understands the strategy of using good nutrition and physical activity to create a culture of health in the schools that can do nothing short of fueling student success.
“Teaching our students to maintain a healthy balance with eating and exercise is our top priority. The SPARK program is helping provide the tools and training to achieve this goal”, shared Corinn Giaquinto, Health and Physical Education instructor, Thomas Edison Middle School, West Orange, New Jersey.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something…” -Edward Everett Hale