Be fit | Sanford Fit


Be fit

Encourage kids to be fit by teaching them how to self-assess and make fit-choices. 


  • Identify recharge, mood, food, and move as the four parts of healthy living.
  • Demonstrate how to self-assess mood and energy and make fit choices.

Lesson Plan

The lessons in this unit present the four parts of fit—recharge, mood, food, and move—and how they connect and support a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn that having a fit mindset is about having enough energy and the motivation to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Encourage healthy choices throughout the day by printing the Healthy Choice Posters for your classroom or hallway!

Set The Stage

Have kids turn and talk to act out the four parts of fit (recharge, mood, food, and move). Display the words that make up fit then have kids make up moves to go with each word.

To use this with your students click here.


Do a fit-Check

Present the slideshow. Ask students to show their energy level by sitting, standing, or standing with their arms in the air.

Next, ask students to demonstrate their mood by showing a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Does anyone need to motivate their mood?


Be fit

Review what it means to have a fit mindset: Being fit is about having enough energy (recharge) and the motivation (mood) to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.

Remind students that they make many recharge, mood, food, and move choices throughout the day...and one fit choice leads to more fit choices! Tell students that they can do a fit-check to help themselves make fit choices.

Check for understanding: What fit choice will you make today?



Pick a time for students to do a fit-check during the school day.

Download Do a fit-Check for students to record their energy level, their mood, and the choices they make.

Close the Lesson

Challenge students to decide a time when they will do a fit-check at home.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Standard 8: Advocacy


Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Related Content

Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Be Mindful About Healthy Choices

Learn what a fit-check is and how this tool can help kids make healthy choices. Kids will also learn how to be mindful about their choices.

See Unit
Mood, Move, Recharge, Food

Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices

Introduce healthy behaviors as choices we make. When kids have a framework for thinking about healthy choices, it empowers them.

See Unit
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Having a fit Mindset Leads to Healthy Choices

Kids will learn the four parts of fit—recharge, mood, food, and move—and how having the right mindset will help them be healthy. They will also be introduced to ways kids' emotions impact their health. 

See Unit
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Think fit. Be fit!

Let's celebrate how kids have learned about mood, recharge, food and move choices designed to give them healthy lifestyle habits that last a lifetime.

Learn More
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Get to Know the fit Connection

Help kids learn strategies to make healthy choices and form life-long healthy habits with these fun learning activities about rest, mood, food, and movement.

Learn More
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

5 Ways to Celebrate a Healthy and Happy Holiday

This year’s holiday season looks different for us all, but it can still be a memorable and magical season. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to have a healthy and happy holiday season.

Read Article