Position kids to make better choices by teaching them about the benefits of resting, having a positive mindset, eating healthy foods, and engaging in physical activity.
First and foremost, fit is about choices. Each day a child, no matter their age, makes many choices that impact their health and well-being. The lessons in this unit build awareness of the many moments each day when they can make a choice, then empowers them to make the healthy choice—the fit choice! Print and display the fit Posters to support healthy decision-making involving recharge, mood, food, and move.
Give a few examples of choices students might make after school and ask students to give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down about which choice is the healthier choice for your body and brain such as an apple or candy bar, brownies or celery with peanut butter, computer games or hide-and-seek.
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Noticing Types of Healthy Choices
How many sides does a square have? How many legs does a dog have? What about a car, how many wheels does a race car have?
Just like fit, they all have four parts.
Explain that fit has four parts:
Check for understanding: What are the four parts of fit?
Take time throughout the day to name examples of the different types of fit choices you observe kids making. Download the ABCs of a Healthy Me poster pack for healthy choice ideas involving recharge, mood, food, and move. Get ready to think about what kinds of things influence the choices we make.
Time: 20 Minutes
Show kids how making healthy choices can cause a chain reaction of feeling good and making more healthy choices.Start Lesson
We make choices all day long. Let’s help kids identify times during the day when they make choices and practice giving reasons why they made certain choices.Start Lesson
Help kids think more carefully about responsible decision-making. Introduce the idea of making a choice because it's good for your body and brain.Start Lesson
Help kids understand that self-awareness can help them to make healthy choices.Start Lesson
Teach kids to think about making healthy choices and the importance of doing so.Start Lesson
Taking time to think about choices is important, we call this a fit-check.Start Lesson