Elementary Health Activities

Kids Health

Body and Mind - BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as stress and physical fitness — using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.

Nutrition

Play and Discover with Digger and Splat: What We Eat - 16:28 Video - The worker bees in Digger's garden are building a giant pyramid out of food! In this program, children learn about the basic food groups that we need everyday. Viewers join Lula and Didi on a magic toy box ride around the world, making friends and trying different kinds of food. Children "Race the Clock" with Digger, and help Splat solve Bookworm's food riddle. Grade Level: from K to Gr. 3
Nutrition Unit
- February is Nutrition Month. Several activities for learning about foods and nutrition.
Nutrition Education Lesson Plans - These nutrition lesson plans are for teachers, school food service staff, and child nutrition specialists to use in teaching nutrition and health to children.
Nutrition Cafe - Here kids learn about nutrition through such palatable games as the meal-planning Have a Bite Cafe, the trivia challenge Grab a Grape, and Nutrition Sleuth, a find-the-missing- nutrient game.
Eat Well Be Active
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Third Grade Nutrition Webquest
Nutrition: The Quest for Better Health Webquest - A group of aliens from another planet on an exploration mission have landed on Earth! Thank goodness they’re friendly, but there is one problem. They are eating foods they’ve never had before, mostly junk food. They’re especially crazy about Milky Way and Mars candy bars. They know nothing about nutrition and are very unhealthy. Your help is needed to teach these alien beings how to eat better and get healthy so that they can return to their home planet of Munch.
Educators Journey into Nutrition Education - Online games, lesson plans, contests, and recipes.

Exercise and Fitness

All Fit with Slim Goodbody: All Fit Workout - 15 minute video - Slim Goodbody presents the program "All Fit Workout" with a song that tells about the benefits of a regular fitness workout. He explains that a workout is like a story, with a beginning (a warm-up exercise), a middle (exercises that promote strength, endurance, agility), and an end (a cool-down exercise). Slim asks viewers to find their personal space and join him in a warm-up exercise that includes stretching and jogging-in-place. At Slim's Gym, Slim, Slenda, and the All Fit Team demonstrate exercises using their bicep and tricep muscles. They challenge viewers to push-ups and abdominal curls to increase their strength and endurance. Then Slenda leads viewers in cardiorespiratory exercises that include moving from side-to-side, pushing hands out, hopscotch, and the swing kick. After Slim asks the All Fit Team and viewers to feel for their pulse at the side of their neck, he leads the group in a cool-down exercise. Slim explains that while vigorous exercise may tire a person out for a little while, in the long run, it is building strength and endurance. Slim concludes the program by asking everyone to join him in the All Fit Pledge. Grade Level: from Gr. 1 to Gr. 4 Run Time: 15:00
Teacher's Guide Fitness Resources - This Page has links to information about Fitness. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (game directions, lists of exercises, lessons) which will help teachers provide instruction in fitness.
Kids 'N Fitness Curriculum - Want to help Scoobie get fit or learn about the physics of baseball? Step-by-step curriculum is available for these activities and many other projects for all grades designed to help you implement a successful standards-based health and exercise project.

Tobacco

The Real Scoop on Tobacco Webquest - Grade 5-6

Drug Awareness

American Council for Drug Education - Drug prevention lesson plans - More and more schools are under pressure to educate their students about substance abuse -- sometimes during the school day, sometimes in after-school activities. The following lesson plans are provided to help you with that assignment. Each lesson plan describes the objective of the lesson, background on the topic, resources and teacher tips, and then the activities to plan for this class time. There are also downloadable PDF files containing activity worksheets for you to share with your class.
Anti-Drug Education with the New York Times - This educator's guideis intended as a resource for classroom teachers and other professionalsworking with young adolescents. With material accessible to both middleschool and high school students, it is designed primarily for youth 11to 14 years old, the critical age for prevention of substance abuse.

Personal Hygiene

Activities
Primary Health and Safety: Feeling Good with Good Hygiene - This clever and lively child-centered presentation does much more than present the do’s and don’ts of proper hygiene. It shows why good hygiene habits are important to us. Good hygiene, as the program illustrates, keeps us healthy, helps us feel good about ourselves, and helps us make and keep friends. The video shows how cleanliness keeps germ growth at bay–on the hands, hair, and neck; and in the mouth, ears, and elsewhere. Proper techniques for hand-washing, tooth brushing (as well as flossing), and hair care are discussed. bathroom sanitation is covered, also, as is what to do when the skin is cut and what kind of special precautions must be taken when a person gets a cold. Grade Level: from K to Gr. 4 Run Time: 10:00