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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:

Healthy Activities


for young children 2--5 years old

  1. 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!

  2. Make sound effects: "ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM or VROOM, VROOM, VROOM," while you watch them brush.

  3. 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.

  1. Have your child collect pictures of a toothbrush, cup, comb, hairbrush, and spoon.

  2. Ask your child to paste the pictures on a large piece of paper.

  3. With a crayon, pencil, or marker, have your child put an X or \ through each picture.

  4. Title the poster, "Things I Do Not Share."

  5. Have your child collect pictures of things that it is safe to share with others.

  6. Use these pictures to make a poster with the title, "Things I Can Share."

Food Pyramid

for children of all ages

It is important that children eat healthy foods. Some of the foods are:

  1. Milk Group - cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt

  2. Vegetable Group - broccoli, lettuce, spinach, carrots

  3. Meat Group - pork, steak, beef, beans

  4. Fruit Group - apples, oranges, tangerines, cantelopes

  5. 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.

  1. Mix 4 cups of low sugar cereal (Kix, Cheerios, Chex), 2 cups of pretzels, and 2 cups of raisins in a mixing bowl.

  2. 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
Assistant Secretary

National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment

National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students

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