From age 5 to 17, kids spend most of their time in school. School is not just a place to learn math, reading, science and art, but also to teach kids how to manage their health and wellbeing, including mental health, physical activity, and nutrition. Every Kid Healthy Week recognizes and celebrates the work schools put in to help keep kids healthy—this year is the fifth annual Every Kid Healthy Week!  (It’s next week, we wanted to give you time to prepare!)
- “Taste test” healthy foods—fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products. 
- Send your child’s class a healthy snack to share as a surprise for the week!
- Collaborate with your child’s teacher to see if there is a healthy snack kids can learn to prepare in the classroom–many healthy snacks do not require cooking or lots of food preparation equipment and are fun to make: ants on a log with soy or sunflower seed butters spread on celery and topped with raisins, cheese cut with fun cookie cutters and paired with whole grain crackers and fruit slices or strawberries
Get up and move!
- Classrooms can explore how to encourage more movement during the school day. Repurpose old boxes to have kids build add-ons to their tables or desks so they can stand sometimes to work—dollar store cutting boards can provide a hard surface for writing.
- Dance and acting can be used to teach a variety of concepts, bring books to life, and more, while getting kids out of their seats.
- When kids are acting out, use movement breaks to attempt to get them back on track.
- Try to find opportunities outside of gym class and recess to move!
Learn about medical conditions faced by kids
- Videos, guest presenters, and other lessons can help peers learn about different medical conditions kids may have.
- Explain the importance of medical ID bracelets to kids. This will help children who need to wear “special” bracelets to understand that they aren’t the only ones, and help their peers understand why it is important for their friends to wear these bracelets.
- Assist peers in understanding what challenges may be faced by kids with medical conditions, and what they can do to be a good friend, and how to help if needed. Education can ease a lot of fears.
- Special guests as mentioned above can be helpful, but “celebrity role models” with medical conditions can also help kids understand that medical conditions do not have to stop them from achieving their goals.
You can learn more about Every Kid Healthy Week by visiting their website, and exploring the resources section. For kids who need medical ID jewelry, we can provide information for schools to distribute about products—please contact us to explore our options.
Eat well, get moving, and learn new things! Have a fun Every Kid Healthy Week!