Designed for grades K-3 and divided into three categories: THINK, EAT, and MOVE Healthy, the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives® instructional activities provide step-by-step directions to carry out these easy-to-use lessons in your classroom.
It’s about understanding what being healthy means and setting meaningful and reachable goals about nutrition and physical activity.
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How do we eat healthy? By incorporating three factors into our daily meals: Variety, Balance, and Moderation.
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It is universally recommended that elementary school-age children accumulate a total of at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
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Classroom Tools for Parent Communication
Send the Healthy Family Connections home to parents and caregivers to communicate what students are learning about in your classroom through the Healthy Steps through Healthy Lives lessons.
Encourages families to discuss what being healthy means to them and includes a family sorting activity.
Provides families with tools and tips for utilizing guidance provided by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Includes a family card game, “Play Yummy!”
Provides families with information to work toward the daily goal of 60 minutes of physical activity. Includes a family graphing activity.
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Meeting National Education Standards
The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives lessons are tied to National Curriculum Standards in all academic areas.
The purpose of the backgrounder is to provide educators with a review of knowledge necessary to facilitate the instructional activities in the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives program.
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Additional Teaching Materials
50 display size Food Cards picturing healthy foods from the five food groups. These cards are used in several of the EAT Healthy Activities and can be used for a variety of additional instructional purposes including games, sorting, graphing, and researching.
30 display size Activity Cards picturing a variety of common sedentary, moderate, and vigorous activities. These cards are used in several of the MOVE Healthy Activities and can be used for a variety of additional instructional purposes.
A smaller version of the Food Cards designed for students to make their own set.
A smaller version of the Activity Cards designed for students to make their own set.
This poster is a colorful and motivating visual learning tool that is used throughout the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives lessons. It represents the key messages of the USDA MyPlate icon and can be used to help students learn about nutrition and physical activity year-round.