When and Where Kids Can Make Healthy Choices

Teach kids to think about making healthy choices and the importance of doing so.


  • Identify times and places to do a fit-check.

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

This unit will 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!

Set The Stage

Have kids describe what a choice is. Then have kids turn to a partner and talk about a choice that made them feel good. 

To use this with your students click here.


Help Kids Think About Healthy Choices

  Read the story aloud to see what choices Alex, Leila, and Miguel make throughout their day.


Kids Can Make Healthy Choices

Discuss with students that there are many times and places when and where they can do a fit-check to help themselves make healthy choices.
Note that times and places can include mornings, afternoons, evenings, bedtime, at home, and at school.


How to Get Kids to Think About Healthy Choices

Students tell one another times and places when they can include a fit-check in their day.

Close the Lesson

Today we’ve learned about when to take time to make a fit-check. Next, we will learn about how to integrate fit-checks into our daily routines.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need


  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core concepts-Self-control and impulse-control strategies
  • 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

Play the fitGame, Stop and Think.

Related Content

Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

You Can Make fit Choices

Demonstrate a fit choice at home and school.

Start Slideshow
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

fit-Check Poster

Create a poster to show the times and places you can do a fit-check.

Get Printable
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Do the fit Thing

This song has a bouncy beat and teaches kids about how to "do the fit thing" by making good choices, like drinking water and eating healthy foods.

Play Song