A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n
Let's Be Healthy!
Good health comes from good habits and wise choices. To enjoy good health now and in the future, youngsters must learn how to exercise, control stress, be clean, and reduce the risk of disease. They must get into the habit of eating nutritious foods, having plenty of sleep, and understanding how physical and emotional health are related. Children also need to know what to do in an emergency and when to say "no." When children are healthy they will probably do well in school.
Following good health practices will help children be ready to learn:
- Pick nutritious foods and limit sugary snacks and fatty foods, particularly before meals. Set a good example by eating healthy foods, too.
- Have your child start the day by eating a healthy breakfast at home or at school.
- Check on the food programs at your school and ask for improvement if you think it is needed.
- Teach your child how to stop the spread of germs by keeping clean and washing hands before meals.
- Make sure your child is vaccinated against disease at the right age. Keep a chart of the shots your child has already had.
- Encourage your child to exercise: jogging, walking, jumping rope, bicycling, roller-skating, dancing, swimming.
- Teach your child how to handle stress through exercise, getting enough sleep, discussing problems, and breaking jobs down into small parts.
- Teach your child how to protect him/herself by saying "no", walking away from fights, or talking about dangerous situations.
for young children 2--5 years old
- When it is time for your children to brush their teeth, sing a silly song together about tooth brushing. For example:
This is the way we brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth.
This is the way we brush our teeth,
So early in the morning!
- Make sound effects: "ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM or VROOM, VROOM, VROOM," while you watch them brush.
- Have your children give their teeth names, and use these names when you talk about them."Now don't forget Cutters, Doggies, and Chompers!"
To Share or Not to Share
for children pre-school--2nd grade
Help your child understand that there are some personal things that we don't share because they can spread germs and disease.
- Have your child collect pictures of a toothbrush, cup, comb, hairbrush, and spoon.
- Ask your child to paste the pictures on a large piece of paper.
- With a crayon, pencil, or marker, have your child put an X or \ through each picture.
- Title the poster, "Things I Do Not Share."
- Have your child collect pictures of things that it is safe to share with others.
- Use these pictures to make a poster with the title, "Things I Can Share."
for children of all ages
It is important that children eat healthy foods. Some of the foods are:
- Milk Group - cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt
- Vegetable Group - broccoli, lettuce, spinach, carrots
- Meat Group - pork, steak, beef, beans
- Fruit Group - apples, oranges, tangerines, cantelopes
- Bread Group - rolls, cereal, crackers, pasta
Sticks & Stones Snacks
for school-aged children to make for everyone to eat
Each day, your child should eat foods from the 5 major food groups: bread, vegetable, fruit, milk, and meat. This snack covers "breads" and fruit.
- Mix 4 cups of low sugar cereal (Kix, Cheerios, Chex), 2 cups of pretzels, and 2 cups of raisins in a mixing bowl.
- Eat as a between meal snack.
Resources: Information was based on Helping Your Child Be Healthy and Fit and from the ERIC Digest. For more information, please contact the National Library of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20208, telephone 1-800-424-1616. Other materials from the Family Involvement Partnership for Learning --for families, schools, employers, and community groups--can be obtained by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN
U.S. Department of Education
Richard W. Riley
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Sharon P. Robinson
National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment
National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students
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