From birthday to holiday parties throughout the school year, children, teachers and families have numerous reasons to celebrate. Celebrations are a great way for children to feel part of the school community, where the learning environment is made festive and where everyone can come together to enjoy a break from the routine. Parties often center around food, such as cupcakes, cookies, candy, chips and sugary beverages. While these foods, in moderation, can be part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, these unhealthy choices have almost become daily norms in the classroom, rather than exceptions.
Break the cycle and incorporate a suggestion from Action for Healthy Kids’ to host healthy and active parties in your school:
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Due to challenges with school scheduling, it’s not uncommon for students to eat an early or late school lunch. This can result in kids being hungry during or after the school day, and needing snacks to keep their busy bodies and minds going. In addition to nourishing bodies, snacks provide an opportunity to practice healthy eating habits.
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How many fundraisers does your school do each year? Fundraisers provide money for a variety of school improvements, student scholarships, equipment and other activities not covered by the school’s budget. Healthy fundraising is a public demonstration of your school’s commitment to promoting healthy, consistent behaviors among students, families and communities at large while helping your school meet financial needs.
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It’s no secret that tempting and tasty beverages are everywhere. It’s easy to forget the importance of water for overall health and a well-balanced diet. Staying hydrated helps kids stay alert and focused, can keep their bodies at a safe and healthy temperature, and may improve cognitive functioning. School-aged kids should be drinking at least six to eight glasses of water each day. One of the easiest ways of ensuring kids, school staff and families drink more water is to make water more accessible and fun throughout the day.
Does your school have a wellness policy in place regarding access to water? If not, click here to view the CDC’s toolkit on increasing access to drinking water in schools.
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Don’t let a hungry stomach lead to a distracted mind! Studies show that good nutrition leads to improved classroom performance, higher test scores and better behavior. It can be a challenge to get students to the cafeteria before school, so consider making breakfast a part of the school day with Breakfast in the Classroom! According to Action for Healthy Kids Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) works especially well in elementary school but is easily adapted for all grade levels, helping students begin their day nourished and ready to learn.
Click here to download daily breakfast tips.
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