With the students, develop a list of enjoyable activities that promote exercise. Consider practical examples for the students within their environment. Discuss safety issues, helmets and equipment, street and neighborhood safety, adequate fluid intake and adult supervision. (10 minutes)
With large pieces of paper and crayons, trace the outline of the students bodies. Have the students label body parts that benefit from exercise. If paper supplies are not available, have the students point to body parts. This activity can also be done outside with chalk outlines on a playground area. Teach physically active games which require little or no equipment. Examples: tag, relays, hopscotch, hide and seek, jump rope or kick ball. Have the students develop and record their own exercise activities on a calendar or in a journal and report to the class.
Distribute the Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S. brochure, Kids Need EXERCISE for Good Health, to the students to take home and share with families. Note: The brochure is also available in Spanish. Provide opportunity for students to share exercise journals. Encourage students to participate in active games during free time at school and home. Support physical education for students in school.
American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231-4596
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 738-H Washington, DC 20201 (202) 690-9000 Local library for books on active games for children
Additional Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S. brochures and
lesson plans are available in ready to use format from:
www.childrenshealthfund.org or by contacting: The Children’s Health Fund 317 E. 64th Street New York, NY 10021 (212) 535-9400
Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S. (Building Active Strategies to Inform Children in School) is a project devoted to bringing simple, engaging and culturally relevant health materials to elementary and middle school children. The lesson plans and the English and Spanish brochures were created by clinicians of the National Children’s Health Project Network of The Children’s Health Fund.
Healthy B.A.S.I.C.S. materials may be reproduced in entirety. © 2000 The Children’s Health Fund