North Park Elementary has been a part of the Let’s Move Active School program since 2013 and is proud to be awarded the Let’s Move Active School National Recognition Award! We have been working hard for many years to create a culture of health and wellness in our school. We have achieved this goal because we have taken advantage of many grants and opportunities along the way. Some of these programs include Healthy Highway and Fuel Up to Play 60. This award is truly the result of a team effort and a commitment made by teachers, students, families, and administrators to teach and model the value of healthy choices and a physically active lifestyle. Of course, this did not happen overnight or without a tremendous amount of effort, but it has all been worth it to see the transformation and be able to make an impact on student health and wellness. Continue reading
Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand, which is why we have compliled PE Central’s top fitness themed lesson ideas, best practices, and bulletin boards in honor of March being National Nutrition Month. Here are some great lessons and activities for you to try in your classroom this month.
Fitness Bulletin Board Ideas
The Purpose of Fitness Testing – A great bulletin board for students to visualize both fitness and health components, just in time for Nutrition Month.
March is a great month to focus your lesson plans and bulletin boards on the importance of nutrition, because it’s National Nutrition Month! PE Central has many resources to help provide students with the knowledge they need to lead nutritious and healthy lifestyles. Below are some of our favorite ideas and activities.
Bulletin Board Ideas
What’s On Your Plate? – It’s important for students to learn and be aware of the 5 food groups. Use MyPlate as a guide and create a visual to remind students all month about the best types of food choices.
One day I was looking at the sugar amount in our chocolate milk and the fruit juice that our cafeteria is offering. Both drinks contain 24 grams and 28 grams of sugar, totaling 52 grams. This total is 5 grams more than the daily allotment for the entire day that children should have, which is outrageous!
So, I used our Fuel Up Play 60 grant for Nutrition and Fitness to show the amount of sugar in beverages and food that students digest. We chose fifteen different drinks and food items. We also had a guest speaker on nutrition to show the effects of sugar on the human body. All K-5 grades had to attend our Physical Education Nutrition Presentation for this day, as many as four classes at once. Continue reading
Health & PE Teacher Stephanie Lawson shares how Keheley Elementary School in Marietta, GA has become an active school.
Our Wellness Team at has been established for at least 9 years and we have slowly built a great team composed of myself, the school nurse, cafeteria manager, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, a parent, and a student. Our Wellness team really got on board with wellness with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation first, and then later with Let’s Move! Active Schools. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation encouraged our school to complete the School Heatlh Inventory and apply for the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award. Let’s Move! Active Schools inspired us to dance and get students moving, and provided us with new ideas and resources.
Morning Walk Program
We have a morning walking program before school three days a week called Walk Fit. They walk from 7:25-7:45 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The students LOVE it, and our classroom teachers say that they encourage students to go to Walk Fit because when they return to the class they are happy and more alert to learn that morning. Continue reading