Ways Healthy Choices Impact Kids' Moods | Sanford Fit

Lesson

Ways Healthy Choices Impact Kids' Moods

Encourage kids to stop and think about their mood and energy levels. This leads to better decision making.

Objectives

  • A fit-check is a self-awareness tool that helps with healthy decision-making.

Lesson Plan

Being fit is not just about what you eat or drink or how you move. Being fit is about having enough energy and motivation to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices. Four key factors of well-being help you to be fit:

  • Mood: Motivate Your Mood
  • Food: Think Your Food
  • Recharge: Recharge Your Energy
  • Move: Move Your Body

The lessons in this unit help students connect the four parts of fit with everyday choices by teaching them how to do a fit-check. A fit-check is a tool for the moments when a child needs to make a choice. Your students will learn to be mindful and stop to think about their energy and mood before making a choice—then decide the best choice, the fit choice! Print and display the fit Wellness Posters to help them be mindful of healthy choices they can make throughout the day.

Set The Stage

Ask kids to raise their hands if they have seen a stop sign on the road while they are in the car or on the bus. Ask students to explain the purpose of a stop sign.

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Captivate

Making Choices

The slideshow tells about Noah and Carmen, who both walk to different locations. What are the obstacles they run into? What are their choices? 

Educate

Making Healthy Choices

The fit-check is a tool to help you to stop and think about making healthy choices.

Check for understanding: When do you need a fit-check reminder?

Activate

Reminders Help Us Make Healthy Choices

Students make a fit-check sign to remind themselves to stop and think about fit choices.

Download the fit-Check Door Sign printable.

 

Close the Lesson

In this lesson we learned to stop and think about choices. When we take the time to think about influencers, we make better choices.

Next, we will think about when, during our day, we can do fit-checks.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • 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 2: Analyze Influences 
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

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

Extend the Lesson

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