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Steady climb in children's consumption of soft drinks troubling
By adolescence, 32% of girls and 52% of boys drink 24 ounces (780 milliliters) or more of soft drinks each day. Sugar Count is an activity that will help kids examine their drink choices and consider healthier options.
With childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes on the rise, many curricula have been developed in recent years to promote child health. But all take a back seat to Eat Well & Keep Moving, Second Edition. This skill-building approach to motivating upper-elementary students to eat better and stay active began as a joint research project between the Harvard School of Public Health and Baltimore Public Schools. Today the program is used in all 50 states and more than 20 countries, and it won the Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Community Nutrition in 2000.
Eat Well & Keep Moving, Second Edition, is a comprehensive, multifaceted program that encompasses the classroom, the cafeteria, and the gymnasium and includes tools to involve the family and the community. This program differs from most in that it addresses nutrition and physical activity simultaneously. And it’s proven to be effective at combating a major factor related to childhood obesity: too much time in front of the TV screen. In extensive field tests among students and teachers using the program, children ate more fruits and vegetables, reduced their intake of saturated and total fat, watched less TV, and improved their knowledge of nutrition and physical activity. The program is also well liked by teachers and students.
The program uses existing school resources, fits within most school curricula, promotes literacy across disciplines, contains camera-ready teaching materials, and is inexpensive to implement. You can integrate the lesson plans into core subject areas—for example, you can teach nutrition and physical activity in math, language arts, and science classes. You can easily incorporate the materials into any class you teach, regardless of your current knowledge of health topics.
The six components of the program—classroom education, physical education, school-wide promotional campaigns, food service, staff wellness, and parent involvement—work together to create a supportive learning environment that promotes learning of lifelong good habits. With this complete resource, you can teach students about nutrition and fitness in your classroom—and launch an effective school-wide program if you desire to. Eat Well & Keep Moving can also be part of your school’s efforts to meet federally mandated school wellness policies.
With Eat Well & Keep Moving, Second Edition, you get
46 lesson plans and microunits;
a CD-ROM from which you can print lessons, units, and over 300 ready-to-use worksheets;
fun and engaging school-wide campaigns to encourage kids to walk, watch less TV and reduce other screen time, and eat more fruits and vegetables;
FitCheck, a self-assessment tool to help students track their activity levels; and
This new edition of Eat Well & Keep Moving incorporates the latest federal recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also features two new lessons on consumption of sugary beverages, a key determinant of childhood overweight. The CD-ROM contains manuals and training materials for teachers and school food service staff in both text and PowerPoint presentation formats. In addition, it provides guidance on involving parents and the community, an extensive list of Web-based resources, and a wealth of ready-to-use teaching materials to promote children’s health.
You can be confident that when you use Eat Well & Keep Moving, Second Edition, and the new materials, you will equip your students with the knowledge, skills, and supportive environment they need in order to lead more healthful lives by choosing nutritious diets and being physically active.
Section 1: Nutrition and Physical Activity Classroom Lessons and Promotions Part I: Classroom Lessons for Fourth Graders
Lesson 1 Healthy Living
Lesson 2 Carb Smart
Lesson 3 The Safe Workout: An Introduction
Lesson 4 Balancing Act
Lesson 5 Fast-Food Frenzy
Lesson 6 Snack Attack
Lesson 7 Sugar Water: Think About Your Drink
Lesson 8 The Safe Workout: Snacking’s Just Fine, If You Choose the Right Kind
Lesson 9 Prime-Time Smartness
Lesson 10 Chain Five
Lesson 11 Alphabet Fruit (and Vegetables)
Lesson 12 Brilliant Breakfast
Lesson 13 Fitness Walking
Part II: Classroom Lessons for Fifth Graders
Lesson 14 Healthy Living, Healthy Eating
Lesson 15 Keeping the Balance
Lesson 16 The Safe Workout: A Review
Lesson 17 Hunting for Hidden Fat
Lesson 18 Beverage Buzz: Sack the Sugar
Lesson 19 Snack Decisions
Lesson 20 Snacking and Inactivity
Lesson 21 Freeze My TV
Lesson 22 Menu Monitoring
Lesson 23 Veggiemania
Lesson 24 Breakfast Bonanza
Lesson 25 Foods From Around the World: Italy, China, Mexico, and Ethiopia
Lesson 26 Fitness Walking
Part III: Promotions for the Classroom
Lesson 27 Freeze My TV
Lesson 28 Get 3 At School and 5+ A Day
Lesson 29 Class Walking Clubs
Lesson 30 Tour de Health
Section 2: Nutrition and Physical Activity Physical Education Lessons and Microunits
Part IV: Physical Education Lessons
Lesson 31 Three Kinds of Fitness Fun: Endurance, Strength, and Flexibility
Lesson 32 Five Foods Countdown
Lesson 33 Musical Fare
Lesson 34 Bowling for Snacks
Lesson 35 Fruits and Vegetables
Part V: FitCheck Guide
Lesson 36 Teachers’ Guide to the FitCheck
Lesson 37 Students’ Guide to the FitCheck
Part VI: FitCheck Physical Education Microunits
Lesson 38 Charting Your FitScore and SitScore
Lesson 39 What Could You Do Instead of Watching TV?
Lesson 40 Making Time to Stay Fit
Lesson 41 Setting Goals for Personal Fitness
Part VII: Additional Physical Education Microunits
Lesson 42 Thinking About Activity, Exercise, and Fitness
Lesson 43 Be Active Now for a Healthy Heart Later
Lesson 44 Be Active Now for Healthy Bones Later
Lesson 45 Let’s Get Started on Being Fit
Lesson 46 More on the Three Areas of Physical Fitness
Appendix A: Stretch and Strength Fitness Diagrams
Appendix B: Eat Well Cards and Keep Moving Cards
About the Authors
CD-ROM User Instructions and System Requirements
Manual 1: Program Overview
Manual 2: Education Guide
Manual 3: Parent and Community Involvement Guide
Manual 4: Food Service Guide
To see how the Eat Well & Keep Moving classroom lessons match up to educational frameworks in your state, visit the Eat Well & Keep Moving Web site at www.eatwellandmoving.org.
Reference for elementary physical education and health teachers, elementary classroom teachers, elementary school wellness coordinators, and school wellness councils.
Lillian W.Y. Cheung, DSc, is a lecturer and director of health promotion and communication in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was the coprincipal investigator for the original Eat Well & Keep Moving controlled trial in Baltimore Public Schools, the curriculum of which became the foundation for the first edition of this book. She was the principal investigator for the Qualitative Study of the School Health Index, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a registered dietitian and a DSc in nutrition, she has more than 20 years of experience promoting healthy eating and physical activity to the public, with a special emphasis on children.
Dr. Cheung is editorial director of the Nutrition Source Web site at Harvard School of Public Health and is coauthor of Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food, Fitness, and Feeling Great, a book for girls ages 9 to 13 that promotes a healthy lifestyle. She was also coeditor of Child Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity (1995). In her leisure time, she enjoys gardening, yoga, cooking, meditation, and chi gong.
Hank Dart, MS, is a health communications consultant who works in prevention and control for the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine. He has worked for nearly 20 years in health communication and health education, both on the federal level and in academia. He managed the education component of the Eat Well & Keep Moving study, and he developed all the educational materials for the program. He also managed the development of the popular health risk assessment Web site Your Disease Risk, and he coauthored a book titled Healthy Women, Healthy Lives. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running, Nordic skiing, and “writing mediocre poetry.”
Sari Kalin, MS, is a program coordinator in the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, where she manages the Nutrition Source, a Web site that explores the latest science on healthy eating. A professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, she recently contributed to a forthcoming textbook for graduate students, Nutrition in the Lifecycle: An Evidence-Based Approach. She was the 2006 recipient of a Schweitzer fellowship to work with Operation Frontline in Boston, where she taught nutrition and cooking classes to adults and youth in underserved communities. She enjoys gardening, fitness walking, cooking healthy foods, and playing jazz piano.
Steven L. Gortmaker, PhD, is a professor of the practice of health sociology at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has been a faculty member for 30 years. He directs the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, whose mission is to design, implement, and evaluate programs that improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce overweight, and decrease chronic disease risk among children. He was the coprincipal investigator for the original Eat Well & Keep Moving controlled trial in Baltimore Public Schools, and he has more than 120 research publications to his credit. He helped develop the first school curriculum that proved, through a randomized controlled trial, to reduce obesity prevalence among girls. This middle school curriculum—Planet Health—focuses on improving diet, increasing physical activity, and reducing television viewing. He enjoys playing sports with his family, golfing, playing tennis, hiking, and reading.