Here are some resources and tools that you can use to help kids and teens be healthy, eat well and be active.
Helping Your Students: What Schools Can Do:
- Teach children about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active everyday by utilizing one of the many CA Standards-based curricula (see resources below).
- Have daily physical activity in elementary schools. Even if you are not a P.E. teacher, have a few minutes during each period to do a stretch break so that students are always alert and ready to learn.
- Offer healthy foods and snacks at all locations in the school where food is sold, including parent-run snack shops. Studies continually show that nutritious foods aide learning and retention of what is learned in the classroom.
- Provide education on the basics of healthy eating, meal planning, cooking and shopping for pre-teens and teens.
- Promote physically active fundraising events rather that food and candy sales.
- Limit use of TV and computers - provide many activity breaks and play time.
- Reward good behavior with stickers, pencils, ball, and special privileges, rather than candy and food in general.
Curriculum and Resources for Schools:
- Free curriculum for teachers and after-school leaders that focuses on physical activity and nutrition with a focus on fruits & vegetables. This curriculum is linked to the CA Content Standards: Power Play or Network for a Healthy California
Order the school curriculum by filling out this form: School Kit Request
Order the after-school/community youth organization curriuculm by filling out this form: CYO Kit Request Form
- Harvest of the Month, free resources for EVERY month of the year!
- CA Project Lean Resource library
- Dairy Council of California has easy and ready-to-use nutrition education programs for all grade levels. Free to CA teachers.
- Action for Healthy Kids wellness policy tool kit and other free resources.
- UC Berkeley's Center for Weight and Health
- University of California Coooperative Extension, Solano County
- USDA's TEAM nutrition is an integrated, behavior-based comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of students. Materials available for schools and classrooms.
- USDA's Food Guidance
- The California Center for Public Health Advocacy has data on "overweight" and "unfit" statistics for school children in California.
- Walk to School information
- Safe Routes to School