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. 

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.

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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.



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

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


  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

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


Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

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

Extend the Lesson

Related Content

Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

What is a fit-Check?

Read a story about two characters. One takes the time to do a fit-check and the other does not. See the differences in their outcomes.

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Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Times and Places

Use this printable to record fit-checks and choices.

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Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Be Mindful of Your Mood and Energy

Read the slides slowly and quickly depending upon whether they refer to low or high energy.

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