Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (3-5)
Students explore healthy living habits for themselves and for their community. They practice making healthy food choices, exercising and helping people of the community do the same. Learners develop a service-learning project based on a community needs assessment.
In this lesson students explore the meaning of community and develop a classroom community contract.
Students examine elements of healthy living, including a balanced diet and regular physical activity. Students examine their health culture and survey their environments to collect information about nutrition at home and in the community. They identify obstacles to building healthy practices and propose solutions that promote health in their community.
Students explore the concept of the media’s impact on our healthy body images. They create commercials that celebrate different body shapes and sizes. Students create positive messages about healthy choices.
Students explore what it means to be a responsible citizen and identify ways they are responsible at home, in school, and in the community. They explore leadership and service and design a campaign to advocate for health in their city.
In this lesson students investigate general health needs and the health needs within their community. They participate in a community walk and survey community members to determine their health needs.
Students collect data on their community health needs from within their classroom. They see that increasing physical/fitness activity is needed and recommend 60 minutes a day. Students will choose or design a service project to encourage schoolmates and the community to increase their daily fitness activity.