Physical Activity Education

It is not only important be physically active but also to educate the children, staff and parents why physical activity is important so that they can make healthy choices on their own and as they grow. Below you will find resources that can help you provide physical activity education to you, your staff, and the children you care for and their families.

Enrichment Zone: Fitness, Friends, and Fun

Summary: Provides Nutrition and Physical Activity ideas for Pre-K programs.

Source: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education

Access: http://www.togethercounts.com/sites/togethercounts.com/files/SFTS/Enrichment%20Zone_Entire%20Program.pdf

 

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit

Summary:  A garden-themed nutrition education kit that introduces children to: three fruits and three vegetables.  It contains seven booklets with fun activities through an imaginary garden. Each set of lessons contains: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. You can download this kit for free or follow the Resource Order Form to order a hard copy.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it

 

Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children

Summary:  Nibbles for Health has reproducible newsletters that can be given to parents to address many of the challenges they face every day.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nibbles-health-nutrition-newsletters-parents-young-children

 

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manual

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.

Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care

Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

 

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children

Summary:  Collection of tip sheets for nutrition and physical activity. Each tip sheet focuses on a specific topic and includes a practical application section to help apply the tips to a child care program for children ages 2 through 5 years old. See pages 63-71.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nutrition-and-wellness-tips-young-children-provider-handbook-child-and-adult-care-food-program

 

Sesame Street: Healthy Habits for Life

Summary: Activities for providers, kids, and families, some of which focus on nutrition and physical activity.

Source: Sesame Workshop

Access: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/healthyhabits#

 

The 3 Ring Food Circus: Easy and Fun Food-Related Activities for Preschoolers and Young Children

Summary: This book contains activities that teach young children about trying and learning new foods, having fun being physically active, and using MyPlate to fill a healthy plate. You can download a pdf from this site.

Source:  United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Access:  https://www.milkmeansmore/3-ring-food-circus