Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Back to School Fun Ideas with Healthy Kids Challenge

Welcome back to school! We hope that your summer provided a renewed energy for a wonderful school year! Healthy Kids Challenge wants to serve as your partner in health this year to bring health and wellness ALIVE. Whether your needs are nutrition education curriculum, staff training, wellness council support or resources, look to HKC for solutions!

The new school year is a great time to gather an existing wellness team and renew commitment!

Eight great HKC tools help you create truly interactive health fairs and back to school fun! We've found these to be so versatile and easy to use that we can't resist sharing our favorites. If you need something specific and it's not listed here, feel free to contact me, and I'll help you find it. Enjoy!

Health Works! Wellness in Academics Toolkit - Six healthy eating and active play messages (the Healthy6) take action with this seven booklet toolkit.

Setting Up for Success - Interactive, simple and fun healthy eating & physical activity displays, nutrition games, and shoestring budget activities. Great classroom, learning center, cafeteria, parent event & health fair ideas.

Ready, Set, Cook & Eat - Plan a fun, interactive event promoting simple kitchen skills and healthy food choices. Three teams compete in a healthy cook-off while an emcee keeps the audience involved. Use for family and consumer science classrooms, afterschool programs, community events, parents' night, or almost anywhere!

Explore MyPlate - An event planning guide for an actual "walk through MyPlate". Engage all ages with a walk to understand how to eat, move, and enjoy a healthy balance. Set up in a cafeteria, gym, parking lot, football field, shopping mall, city park, or anywhere space permits.

Food Cards - Looking for food pictures to use for health fairs, bulletin boards, nutrition education activities; or for younger kids in food identification? Download a file of 156 common foods from MyPlate. Foods are listed in an index by food group. Each page contains six easy to identify food pictures and their name. Download, laminate, cut and you're ready!

Bookmarks - Sometimes all you need is a bright, fun incentive for a health fair or fundraiser and these are perfect. For kids: front panel has colorful kids star graphics, back panel has 7 "Healthy Me" goals for kids to choose. For adults: front panel has challenge star graphics, back panel has "Healthy Me" goals.

MyPlate Teaching Cards - A handy set of color coded MyPlate teaching cards. Each card provides a simple Challenge message, tip  and healthy choice example for the MyPlate food groups (and physical activity).  A great tool for educators and a smart health fair give away for families! Seven cards are secured by a corner grommet, allowing them to fan-out. English and Spanish versions are available.

Explore MyPlate Wristbands - Another educational incentive for health fairs, these silicone wristbands have debossed wording which reads: Explore MyPlate - Fruits Veggies Grains Protein Dairy. They come in 5 colors - Orange, Purple, Green, Red and Blue.