By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
Spring brings cherry blossoms and warmer weather, and the motivation to get ready for summer by engaging in a healthier lifestyle. These are valuable goals for ourselves, but we should also extend them to our children. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, by teaching our children about nutrition and fitness, is a vital part of a comprehensive education. Helping kids understand how to take care of their bodies sets them up for a future of both health and happiness. What could be more important than that?
Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program focuses on getting kids to engage in regular physical activity and to make healthier choices with food. Research on child diabetes and obesity rates shows just how important instilling these healthy habits is for our future generations.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese…If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.
Encouraging our children to participate in sports is one way to help combat the growing obesity problem. However, as educators we can also promote physical activity within our own classrooms. Not only is this type of education valuable from a health perspective, it is also fun, engaging, and a unique way to bring something new to students’ educational environment.
If you’re looking for new ways to integrate health and fitness into your classroom’s curriculum, we have a great selection of resources for every age range.
Elementary & Middle School
- Health My Body Works Together Science Kit K – 2 – An introductory guide to the body and how its parts function, with an emphasis on how exercise and healthy eating have a positive impact.
- Adventure to Fitness Videos Elementary – Videos which cover topics from nutrition, to math, to social studies, all while motivating students to exercise as they move through the course.
- Food Guide Pyramid Middle School – Students learn about portion control and the nutritional values of their favorite foods.
- Order’s Up Webquest Middle School – A fun and interactive course that encourages students to work in groups. Each group must research food options and work together to create a nutritious, but affordable, meal plan.
- Social Studies Energizers All Ages – Ideas to help teachers incorporate exercise into all of the more traditional academic subject areas.
- Human Body 101 Middle and High School – A course that can be taught as part of a basic Biology class. Educating teenagers about the impact of diet, fitness, and positive choices on their lives.
- Health & Family Living – A critical-thinking course which helps students understand that good health impacts not only their physical well-being but also their emotional state.
Here’s to a healthy, fit, and happy 2016! We’d love to hear about how you integrate health and fitness into your classrooms in the coming year.