Hello and welcome to the Health Education webpage! Look here for lessons about wellness that can help you be stronger, healthier and have more energy. There are no assignments or grades - this is learning just to feel great! For Grades Pre-K to 6th, you can access health education resources and videos through this google page!
Be safe, healthy and have lots of outdoor fun!!! XO, Nurse Carol
Please email me any time firstname.lastname@example.org
Children must be healthy to be educated and must be educated to be healthy!
Handwashing is forever! Check out the video - backs, fronts, in-between, under your nails, don't forget your thumbs!
I am sure you have noticed how wearing face masks is A THING! We all need to wear a face covering in school. Please wear a mask - it shows you care about the people around you!
Be well, stay safe! XO, Nurse Carol
Smiling behind that mask!
Health and Mindfulness
Right now, it is hard to feel connected to others during hybrid learning. It is much harder for us to stay in touch with our friends and family members. Even when we are able to see people in person, we cannot see their full faces because we wear masks. Below are some ideas on how to take care of your mind and feelings. Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health!
Breathing : Sit down in a comfortable spot and close your eyes. Place one hand on your belly or chest and take 5-10 deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and clearing your mind. Performing this exercise can help you relax and appreciate how your body works!
Yoga : Here is a 5 minute yoga tutorial for beginners! You do not need a yoga mat to do this, you can work on a rug, blanket, towel, or anything comfortable you have lying around! Yoga is a great way to strengthen your muscles and start your day Yoga for Kids (So Fun!)
Reminder: do not go on the internet without talking to your parents first!
Go Outside : Go for a walk, run, or hike with a family member and/or pet. Make sure you maintain social distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet!) when you are outside.
Journaling : Grab a notebook and write down something new every day. You can write a recap of your day, or describe something from the ideas below. Someday, people will wonder what it was like to live through a pandemic. Your journal will be about an important time in your life.
1.Someone you are thankful for
2.The coolest place you have ever been
3.The best present you have ever received
4.Two things you like about the season you are in
5. A place in your town you like to go to
6. Something your family members help you with
7. A game or sport that you enjoy
8. Something good that happened to you this week
9.A friend or family member who is special to you
10.A kind act someone has done for you recently
11.Make a list of things you are grateful for
Coloring : Studies have shown that coloring is very relaxing! You can find free printable coloring sheets here: Free Coloring Pages
Listen to happy music! Here is a playlist of uplifting songs https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3bHJ9zw3XizsviWpjT0Ksx?si=exNhdohRTqaI1SuNNs-Vlg but, you should listen to music that you like!
Here is a message from Kerryann, a Williams College student who has been helping find fun and interesting things to learn about in health education.
"My name is Kerryann and I am a junior at Williams College, where I study history and philosophy. I love to swim, read and bake in my free time. I love living in Williamstown because the mountains are beautiful. " Here is some advice from Kerryann...
When I am feeling stressed, worried, or upset here is what I do to make myself happy:
- I listen to my favorite music
- I go for a long run
- I pet my puppy, Layla
- I do a quick yoga routine
These feelings are normal! You are not alone. If you start feeling sad all the time, talk to your family members or an adult that you trust.
Health and Nutrition
To stay healthy, it is important for us to eat a balance of all the food groups. The food groups are: vegetables, fruits, proteins, grains, fats and dairy.
Vegetables include carrots and peas. The more veggies you eat, the better!
Fruits include apples and bananas. Fruit is great for you and it makes an amazing snack!
Proteins include beans and meats. It is important to eat protein because it helps you stay strong.
Grains include items such as bread or muffins. When eating grains, try to look for whole grain foods because they are better for you.
Fats include things like oil and butter. It is important to eat fats, but in moderation.
Lastly, Dairy is anything that can be made with milk, such as yogurt or cheese. Dairy is a good source of calcium, which helps us have strong bones.
Check out the resources listed below to learn more about nutrition and eating healthy! It is a great way to start the New Year strong!
(adapted Harvard School of Public Health)
Make a yummy snack full of fruit and protein that everyone will love. Use sunflower butter if you are allergic to peanuts, it tastes great! Ask an adult to help cut the apple slices...
Click on the little square in the upper right hand corner to open the video recipe below in a new page to watch...
Look at these two plates! Above are the names of the 5 food groups and to the left is a picture of different foods that are in those groups! Can you match the pictures of fruits to the word "Fruits" above? How about the grains? Veggie picture to the word "vegetables"?