Children Having Fun And Balancing On Tree In Fall Woodland

Let’s put the spotlight on Active Play. It is one part of the Healthy Balance equation (“Active Play” + Healthy Eating Choices = Healthy Balance). It also enhances learning, including nutrition classroom lessons. Every HKC Balance My Day Curriculum nutrition lesson has a corresponding Move and Learn activity. The following activity demonstrates how Active Play can be integrated in the classroom. This example works well for Pre-K to 2nd Grade students. An expanded version is found in the Wellness Solutions Toolkit. For another example, see the October 26th WOWS Newsletter “Spellercise” activity.

Simon Sez, Breakfast gives GO Power!

  1. Talk with students about how eating breakfast makes learning easier and helps kids feel and look their best.
  2. Look at a MyPlate poster (choosemyplate.gov). Point out the different food groups and how we usually eat foods from the Grains Group at Breakfast. Talk about how we get the BEST GO Power when we choose foods from other groups to go with our Grains. Examples: CEREAL with low fat MILK and a BANANA. A whole wheat TORTILLA with low fat CHEESE and APPLE slices. Whole wheat TOAST with scrambled EGG and STRAWBERRIES.
  3. Play Simon Sez to emphasize the benefits of eating breakfast. When YES, students perform movements the leader calls out such as hop, jump, skip, or swim.
    • Simon Sez: Eating breakfast every day helps give you GO Power. (YES)
    • Simon Sez: Missing breakfast gives you GO Power. (NO)
    • Simon Sez: Eating breakfast can help make learning easier. (YES)
    • Simon Sez: Eating breakfast helps kids feel and look their best. (YES)

If you are integrating Active Play into classroom learning or in other situations now, share your ideas with others. Doing so expands opportunities for enhanced learning and healthy balance!

Mother and daughter buying fruit together

The American Heart Association recently released recommendations for daily levels of added sugar. The guideline for kids and adolescents is 25 grams, or around 6 teaspoons, daily. For most kids that is a significant, yet worthy, change in their current intake. For perspective, one 12-oz. can of soda has about 10 tsp. of added sugar. A sugar added cereal could have 2-3 tsp. in just ¾ cup.

We all know that all of the holidays at this time of the year, starting with Halloween (or Fall Harvest) celebrations, traditionally run heavy on sweets. Now is a very good time to add options for healthy balance. It is possible to have plenty of fun with activities that keep kids moving and treats with less sugar. Keep in mind that it is all about healthy balance. Celebrations may push the sugar limit a little more than other days of the week, but it doesn’t have to be the traditional sugar overload. Make a change and make a healthy difference!

This week’s Wednesday WOWS Newsletter contains Parent Tips to add healthy balance. Check them out. If you are thinking of using any of the ideas for school parties, refer to your kid’s school wellness policies first.

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