Four Types of Healthy Choices for Kids | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Four Types of Healthy Choices for Kids

Teach kids that resting, having a positive mindset, eating healthy foods, and engaging in physical activity will help them make better choices.

Objectives

  • Name four types of healthy choices (recharge your energy, motivate your mood, think your food, and move your body).

Info to Know

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.

Set The Stage

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.

Follow along with the slideshow as you continue the lesson.

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Captivate

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.

Educate

Evaluating Choices

Explain that fit has four parts:

  • Recharge: Find healthy screen-free ways to relax and get the sleep your body needs.
  • Mood: Recognize the connection between your mood and your motivation.
  • Food: Make nutritious food and beverage choices.
  • Move: Move many times, many ways, and in many places throughout the day.
     

 Check for understanding: What are the four parts of fit?

Activate

Identifying Choices

Students write or draw a choice for each part of fit.

Download the fit Choices printable for students to draw their choices for each part of fit.

Close the Lesson

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.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts–Engage in activities that are mentally and emotionally healthy.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

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