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Health and Physical Fitness Resources for Kids

People of every age have good reasons to pursue health and physical fitness. Children, adults, and seniors can all benefit from leading an active lifestyle and eating a nutritious diet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults get a minimum of 150 minutes of exercise of moderate intensity every week. Older adults over age 65 should also strive for this goal as long as they are in good health. Kids between the ages of 6 and 17 need at least one hour of exercise every day. Exercising and eating well helps control weight, and it reduces the risks of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Pursuing a healthy lifestyle may even help people feel happier and live longer.

Nutrition

  • Nutrition From the Ground Up (PDF): This lesson plan presents healthful eating, the different food groups, and information about planning healthy menus for a family.
  • Understanding Nutrition Facts Labels (PDF): Learning how to read and understand food labels helps people make smarter menu choices. This lesson plan teaches label-reading.
  • 101 Tips for Teaching Nutrition Concepts in Physical Education (PDF): Teaching nutrition begins with the basics, such as encouraging people to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
  • Fun Nutrition Activities for the Family (PDF): Understanding the food guide pyramid helps people know the foods they need to eat each day. With this basic knowledge, people can make wiser food choices.
  • Sports Nutrition Kit (PDF): Nutrition and fitness are integrally connected. This kit helps explain the importance of a healthy diet for anyone who wants to engage in physical activities.
  • Conquering Picky Eating With Nutrition Education Activities (PDF): Some children dislike specific smells or textures in foods, which can lead to picky eating. It’s also common for kids to avoid trying new foods. Parents can help eliminate picky eating with specific tactics.
  • Fad Diet Timeline: Move the pointer through history to learn about fad diets that were popular during different eras.
  • Summer Food and Fun! Outdoor Nutrition Activities (PDF): This packet of activities includes many educational ideas to help teach kids about nutrition, including the “eat a rainbow” game and “food group tag” relay racing.
  • Guide for Nutritional Coaches (PDF): Games such as “grapes and tennis balls” teach kids about proper serving sizes to help them avoid overeating.
  • Calcium Quiz: Make sure you are getting enough calcium every day by taking this simple quiz.
  • Create a Grocery Game Plan (PDF): Before entering the grocery store, make a game plan to ensure that you shop wisely according to your budget and a healthy menu.
  • Food Quiz: This interactive food quiz helps kids understand the importance of food choices for overall health.
  • Make a Balanced Plate: Knowing the food groups is the first step in choosing healthy foods for each meal. This game helps kids experiment with creating different meals.
  • LDL Buster: Learn about LDL cholesterol with this game to help minimize unhealthy plaque in arteries.
  • Eat, Play, Win With Fruits and Vegetables (PDF): Print this coloring page to help teach kids about fruits and vegetables.
  • The Path to Fruits and Veggies (PDF): Middle-school kids can set out on a nutritional quest to add more fruits and vegetables to their diets with this activity.

Fitness

Human Body

  • Movable Joints Charades (PDF): A rousing game of charades can teach people about the different types of movable joints.
  • The Human Body (PDF): Different body parts have important functions to support the body. Games and activities teach about body parts and their purposes.
  • The Incredible Machine: Your Body (PDF): The digestive system and nervous system are just two components of the human body with vital functions.
  • Body Systems Lesson Plan (PDF): This lesson plan includes suggestions for activities and questions that will help teach students about the human body.
  • It’s All About Me! (PDF): The main body systems in the body include the skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems.
  • Teaching Body Systems (PDF): Students need to learn about the different purposes of each body system and how they work together.
  • Human Body Systems Project (PDF): Complete a body systems project to learn about the different body systems and how they function.
  • The Nervous System (PDF): The nervous system includes nerves, the spinal cord, and the brain, which function together.
  • Waldorf Orthodontists: Orthodontists assist patients of all ages with misaligned teeth.
  • Periodontist in Waldorf: A periodontist treats gum disease and assists patients with prevention of this issue.
  • Waldorf Sedation Dentists: Sedation dentistry helps patients with pain control and anxiety during some dental procedures.
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