Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (K-2)
Children define community and recognize that a class or after-school group is a community because the members share interests and goals and work together. They create a classroom community contract through which they pledge to help the community. Children explore the meaning of good health and the importance of eating well and exercising. Focus Questions: What is a community and what is my role? What is health and why is it important?
Students learn about the food groups and the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet. They explore the USDA's My Plate website and use the recommendations to practice healthy eating. Focus Question: What does it mean to eat well for healthy living?
This lesson explores the components of healthy living: eating healthy foods and exercise. Children identify their favorite healthy foods and forms of exercise that help them live a healthy life. They explore their school and home neighborhoods for healthy food and exercise options. Focus question: What foods and activity choices are important for healthy living?
Children discuss media influences on health and create positive messages about healthy choices.
Children explore what it means to be responsible in school and in the community. Children learn what it means to be a responsible citizen in school and in the community. Children make and distribute Responsible Citizen badges to citizens who work to make their community healthy.