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Hydration Be Active, Stay Cool! - nutrition activities for kids


Hydration Be Active, Stay Cool! -nutrition activities for kids

UNIT 10:
Hydration
Be Active, Stay Cool!
A nutrition and physical activity curriculum
designed to help children develop healthy
habits during out-of-school time
? President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA. Unit 10
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Table of Contents
About Food & Fun After School...........................................................................................................3
Unit 10 Information for Leaders ...........................................................................................................4
Activity Options for Children ................................................................................................................5
Connect with Parents!..........................................................................................................................6
Resources ............................................................................................................................................7
Activities ...............................................................................................................................................9
Cup Coolers .....................................................................................................................................9
Warm Up, Cool Down ....................................................................................................................10
"Everyone Moves" Obstacle Course..............................................................................................11
Gulp! ...............................................................................................................................................12
Silly Water ......................................................................................................................................13
A Basic Guide to Taste Tests ............................................................................................................14
Be Active, Stay Cool! Taste Test Ideas for Staying Hydrated.......................................................15
Taste Test Rating Sheet ................................................................................................................16
This document was created by the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center on
Nutrition and Physical Activity for educational use in afterschool programs for children from
kindergarten through fifth grade.
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About Food & Fun After School
2nd Edition
The goal of Food & Fun is to assist program staff in providing healthier environments to children
during out-of-school time. The curriculum is designed to incorporate lessons and activities about
healthy eating and physical activity into regular afterschool program schedules. Food & Fun
includes 11 teaching units that encourage healthy behaviors through active play, literacy and math
skills development, creative learning, and hands-on snack time activities. With over 70 activities to
choose from and a user-friendly layout for each lesson, Food & Fun makes it simple to promote
healthy eating and physical activity in your program every day!
Environmental Standards for Nutrition and Physical Activity in
Out-of-school Time Programs
Do not serve sugar-sweetened beverages.
Serve water every day.
Serve a fruit and/or vegetable every day.
Do not serve foods with trans fat.
When serving grains (like bread, crackers and cereals), serve whole grains.
Eliminate broadcast and cable TV or movies. Limit computer time to less than 1 hour
each day.
Provide all children with at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
Offer 20 minutes of vigorous activity at least 3 days per week.
Teaching about healthy behavior is most effective when the program environment is consistent with
the Food & Fun messages on healthy eating and physical activity. Programs are encouraged to
work towards achieving the Environmental Standards for Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Food & Fun materials were created by the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research
Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity in partnership with the YMCA of the USA's Activate
America initiative to help individuals and families lead healthier lives. In addition to afterschool
programs, these materials are appropriate for use in a wide variety of out-of-school time programs,
like summer camps, sports programs, extended day programs, and before school programs.
For more information on the Environmental Standards, see the Harvard School of Public Health
Prevention Research Center's Environmental Standards for Nutrition and Physical Activity in
Out-of-School Time Programs. All Food & Fun materials, including parent engagement tools, tip
sheets on implementing the Environmental Standards, snack recipes, and assessment tools can be
downloaded at no cost from the Food and Fun website: www.foodandfun.org or
www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/prc/projects/food-fun/
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