Kids’ wellness increases when they learn to make healthy choices about recharging their body and mind in relaxing ways.
The lessons in this unit teach kids that recharge is all about energy—and that your energy is a key influencer of healthy choices. You recharge your energy two ways:
*Following are the minimum and maximum hours of sleep for different age groups as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Ask your kids to share some ways they calm their body and mind. If they choose things like watching TV or playing video games, continue the conversation about how screen time can sometimes rev up our bodies. Kids will agree that screens get them excited and revved up. Try to get them to think about ways that relax the body and brain.
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Quiet Activities that Recharge the Body
Review healthy choices to recharge energy:
Practice Breathing Exercises
You can do a breathing exercise:
Check for understanding: What can you do so you have enough energy to make fit choices?
Plan for a Relaxing Weekend
Students use the Recharge Your Energy handout to make a healthy choice plan. They are to show three different ways in which they will recharge.
Remind students that recharge, along with mood, influences healthy food and move choices.
Learning to calm the body and relax is an important skill for all people to acquire. At school, find a hallway or area to post the Wellness Way sensory path. Your kids can use this anytime to calm themselves and refocus their energy. Challenge students to track their bedtimes to ensure they are getting the 9–12 hours of sleep they need each night. Discuss what students can do to recharge their energy on their own and when they may need help from an adult.
The earlier we help kids make time to relax, the more likely they are to make it a habit.
Time: 20 Minutes