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At school, physical activity is linked with academic achievement. Planning opportunities and places for kids to move more helps them achieve more. In or out-of-school physical activity balances eating choices.

Ingredients

Equal parts:

  • School Actions
  • Family Involvement
  • Community Support

Directions:

  1. Mix together classroom movement, school recess and physical education.
  2. Stir in family involvement (using activities like walking, biking, and weekly tips).
  3. Fold in community support by conducting walkability & bikeability checklists and sharing information with school and community leaders, as well as the media.
  4. Pour into policies and practices and “bake” until well set.

Note: Many communities and schools hold yearly spring walk or bike to school events, which is a great way to motivate kids to move more.

School/Community Resources include:

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HKC Training-WIBy the end of their Balance My Day ™ training, P.E. teachers in the Mukwonago School District in Mukwonago, WI developed a number of nutrition education techniques for use during their gym classes. One teacher designed a dodge ball game that will help students to identify high and low fat foods. Another teacher designed a plan to use the nutrition lesson plans in the BMD curriculum on days when the gym is unavailable.

School food service staff in the same district planned ways to use Healthy Kids Challenge A la Cart Cooking Carts to highlight healthy eating at school orientation nights, family nights or with classroom teachers.

Mukwonago PEP grant coordinator, Nancy Movrich, brainstormed ways to use the district’s social media outlets to highlight some of the healthy eating and physical activity options available to students, faculty and staff.

When summing up the training, a P.E. teacher said, “I can now see how to include nutrition in gym classes without taking time away from students’ physical activities.”

Asking the question, Would you recommend the SPARK Program workshops to others? Nancy Movrich, Mukwonago’s PEP Grant Coordinator wrote, “Great ideas to easily incorporate nutrition.

The fun thing about HKC Balance My Day trainings is sharing the awesome lesson ideas that KidLinks* create during their time with our staff. Following is just a sample of exciting new practices taking place in Watertown Schools:WaterfordHulaHoops

  • Flexible nutrition ed: P.E. teachers and staff created original ways to add physical activity and nutrition messages to their day.
  • MyPlate tag: A health teacher designed a simple MyPlate tag game that her students could play in an unused gym on campus.
  • Hula hoop nutrition: Several P.E. teachers worked together to produce a dodge-ball game that teaches about high and low fat foods using hula hoops and bean bags.
  • Middle school healthy choices: Another P.E. teacher put together a simple homework assignment for his 6-8 grade students that challenges families to plan ways to improve their lifestyle choices.
  • Cafeteria wellness connections: The District Wellness Coordinator found a number of ways to link physical activity and nutrition with the District’s foodservice operations and cafeterias.

As a result of a successful training, Watertown School District can look forward to an atmosphere where students and families learn about a balanced approach to nutrition and physical activity.
Watertown School District, Watertown, MA

Learn more about HKC workshops and trainings

*KidLink – Anyone who can help kids make healthy eating and physical activity choices a habit

Rockville Centre WorkshopNutrition education can fit anywhere and everywhere in the school day! A group of motivated P.E. teachers in the Rockville Centre, New York school district along with Adelphi University Health and Wellness students recently helped prove that caring teachers can incorporate nutrition education into P.E. class time.

As part of their PEP grant award, we worked together with these motivated, caring P.E. teachers to take our Balance My Day ™ curriculum and combine it with their need for this training to be a “moving training”, so P.E. teachers could teach nutrition while students were moving. You might think nutrition education curriculum belongs only in the classroom, but our signature is the flexibility and adaptability of the curriculum and training to meet each school’s needs. So after a walk through the curriculum to help them understand concepts, we took some select lessons and had the teachers use their P.E. equipment to create fun, simple ways to teach nutrition concepts with movement.

One creative example was patterned after the popular board game, Memory. Colored cones were placed in the middle of the gym floor, with one food card beneath each cone. Teams of students send one member at a time to pick up a cone, read the card and call out the food and food group to which it belongs. Then the student chooses another cone, looking for a food that “matches” the food group underneath the first cone. If a match is found, the food card is taken back to the team and another student takes a turn. If no match is found, the food card is placed back under the cone, and the team member returns to the group. Teams are challenged to find as many “matches” as they can in a specified time frame, or they can compete against other teams to see who finds the most matches.

In the words of our Executive Director, Vickie, “Where in the world is HKC this week?” We’re wherever we can make a difference for kids! This week, it was in an outstanding P.E. program in Rockville Centre, New York!

From the Big Apple of New York City to sunny California, Healthy Kids Challenge® (HKC) is a shining star in helping PEP grantees create a healthier school environment that lasts far beyond the three year grant award! HKC, a nonprofit with a staff of registered dietitians, is the exclusive nutrition education partner for SPARK, one of the best physical education programs in the world – a true solution to our problem of inactive and poorly nourished kids.

Since nutrition education was added to the PEP grant requirements in 2010, just 3 years ago, Healthy Kids Challenge has assisted over 50 PEP winners. Whether your school is looking to integrate nutrition education into core curriculum and comply with common core/state standards…or challenge your PE teachers with the task of adding nutrition to their PE/health curriculum, our success with guiding schools speaks for itself.

HKC provides training, resources, and technical assistance for:

  • classroom and PE teachers
  • after school staff
  • school wellness councils and
  • community partners.

Customized staff training, comprehensive nutrition education curriculum for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 that meets all HECAT (Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool) standards set by CDC, and distance assistance and coaching can all be part of a successful PEP grant award!

Learn more at healthykidschallenge.com or call 1-888-259-6287.

Helpful links:

Healthy Kids Challenge PEP Grant Help

Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Application Info

SPARK 2013 PEP Grant Information

HECAT report for Healthy Kids Challenge

Balance My Day™ Nutrition Curriculum contents and sample pages

Healthy Kids Challenge® supports Let’s Move! Active Schools, and is offering resources and training to help schools provide an active environment for everyone.Healthy Kids Challenge helps kids eat, move, and enjoy healthy balance

Together, healthy eating and physical activity create balance. Healthy Kids Challenge is committed to helping leaders find ways to support kids and families in finding they C.A.N. (connect activity and nutrition), including:

  • A partnership with SPARK evidence based PE programs.
  • A Move and Learn activity in every nutrition curriculum lesson.
  • Active Play is one of the Healthy6 habits.
  • Integrating physical activity into every workshop and event. Kids and adults learn better with movement.

We support Let’s Move! Active Schools, “a comprehensive program that empowers school champions – P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.”

Check out our Balance My Day™  Nutrition Curriculum grades K-8:

  • Comprehensive classroom lessons integrate math, science and language arts with the CDC HECAT (Health Education Analysis Tool) outcomes.
  • Every lesson has a Move and Learn activity to enhance learning and add more minutes of physical activity to the day.

And our Healthy Kids Challenge Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Trainings:

From school-based nutrition education curriculum and food service training to environmental and policy changes that make healthy eating and physical activity the easy choice, workshops are tailored for your audience and school or community. Let us design a training that meets your needs: half day-full day-breakout sessions!

Here’s an example of a recent HKC-SPARK Nutrition Education Training:

Training for staff in the West Orange, New Jersey school district was centered around:

  • 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.

Hats off to Thomas A. Edison Middle School and the entire school district in West Orange, who truly understand 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.

We use the most current evidence-based recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and other leading organizations. Use this link for information about HKC strategies and outcomes. Have an active day!

From the Big Apple of New York City to sunny California, Healthy Kids Challenge® (HKC) is a shining star in helping PEP grantees create a healthier school environment that lasts far beyond the three year grant award! HKC, a nonprofit with a staff of registered dietitians, is the exclusive nutrition education partner for SPARK, one of the best physical education programs in the world – a true solution to our problem of inactive and poorly nourished kids.

Since nutrition education was added to the PEP grant requirements in 2010, just 3 years ago, Healthy Kids Challenge has assisted over 50 PEP winners. Whether your school is looking to integrate nutrition education into core curriculum and comply with common core/state standards…or challenge your PE teachers with the task of adding nutrition to their PE/health curriculum, our success with guiding schools speaks for itself.

HKC provides training, resources, and technical assistance for:

  • classroom and PE teachers
  • after school staff
  • school wellness councils and
  • community partners.

Customized staff training, comprehensive nutrition education curriculum for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 that meets all HECAT (Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool) standards set by CDC, and distance assistance and coaching can all be part of a successful PEP grant award!

Learn more at healthykidschallenge.com or call 1-888-259-6287.

Helpful links:

Healthy Kids Challenge PEP Grant Help

Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Application Info

SPARK 2013 PEP Grant Information

HECAT report for Healthy Kids Challenge

Balance My Day™ Nutrition Curriculum contents and sample pages

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