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SEPTEMBER: Have students create thier own healthy pledges
to start off the year.


Pledge To Be Healthy With These Monthly Themes

A brand new monthly newsletter for staff, Staff Nutrition News, is now ready to support your personal and classroom pledge to be healthy. 

Each month we'll highlight the Harvest of the Month and provide resources for lessons and activities linked to our monthly wellness theme. 

Monthly wellness themes for the 2011-12 school year are listed below along with the associated California Health Education Content standards.

 

Monthly Health Themes 2011-12

Monthly Theme

Description

CA Health Education Content Standard
(see below)
August/September:
Pledge to Be Healthy!

Begin the school year with a pledge to develop healthy habits for success at school:

1, 7

  • Eat fruits and vegetables
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Wash your hands regularly and before meals
  • Sleep 10 hours a day
  • Be active for 60 minutes every day
October:
Fruits and Veggies Matter

Learn the importance of eating a variety of delicious and colorful fruits and vegetables every day.  Fruits and Vegetables provide nutrients and fiber--important to health, growth and development. Increase awareness about agriculture, farming and food production.

1

November:
Choosemyplate.gov

Consume a variety of food items from all food groups, and understand the importance of choosing appropriate foods and amounts to improve nutrition and health.  Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, lower your intake of salty and sugary foods, make half your grains—whole grains.

3

December:
Celebrate Health!

Spread the healthy message to families and communities, with an emphasis on the holidays and traditional foods as well as recreation. Try new celebration foods or healthy recipes.

4, 8

January:
Make Healthy Choices

Make healthy decisions for snacks, meals and being active.  Choose healthier foods and activities, as well as appropriate serving sizes. 

5, 6

February:
Happy Heart Health!

Educate students about different body parts associated with eating and moving, and physical activities that promote heart health.

1, 7

March: 
A Garden of Nutrients

Fuel your body with fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the school or community garden.  Learn about about the interconnected relationships of food, environment, ecology, communities, and cultural histories.

1, 7

April:
Consumer Beware

Make healthy choices despite advertisements that promote unhealthy foods.  Investigate physically-active options instead of watching TV and playing computer games.

2

May:
Ready, Set, Go!

Plan and set goals to maintain the healthy habits learned throughout the year. In preparation for summer, make lifestyle choices and putting them into practice during the summer.  Rethink your drink and substitute water for sugar sweetened beverages.

7, 6

 

CA Health Education Content Standard

All students will comprehend essential concepts related to enhancing health.

Rationale: Understanding essential concepts about the relationships between behavior and health provides the foundation for making informed decisions about health-related behaviors and for selecting appropriate health products and services.

All students will demonstrate the ability to analyze internal and external influences that affect health.

Rationale: Health choices are affected by a variety of influences. The ability to recognize, analyze, and evaluate internal and external influences is essential to protecting and enhancing health.

All students will demonstrate the ability to access and analyze health information, products, and services.

Rationale: Students are exposed to numerous sources of information, products, and services. The ability to access and analyze health information, products, and services provides a foundation for practicing health-enhancing behaviors.

All students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.

Rationale: Positive relationships support the development of healthy attitudes and behaviors. The ability to appropriately convey and receive information, beliefs, and emotions is a skill that enables students to manage risk, conflict, and differences and to promote health.

All students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health

Rationale: Managing health behaviors requires critical thinking and problem solving. The ability to use decision-making skills to guide health behaviors fosters a sense of control and promotes the acceptance of personal responsibility

All students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Rationale: The desire to pursue health is an essential component of building healthy habits. The ability to use goal-setting skills enables students to translate health knowledge into personally meaningful health behaviors.

All students will demonstrate the ability to practice behaviors that reduce risk and promote health.

Rationale: Practicing healthy behaviors builds competence and confidence to use learned skills in real-life situations. The ability to adopt health-enhancing behaviors demonstrates students’ ability to use knowledge and skills to manage health and reduce risk-taking behaviors.

All students will demonstrate the ability to promote and support personal, family, and community health.

Rationale: Personal, family, and community health are interdependent and mutually supporting. The ability to promote the health of oneself and others reflects a well-rounded development and expression of health.

 

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