Fit to Learn Online Resources

Nutrition Education & School Garden Resources

City Sprouts
This website contains a wonderful collection of garden-based curriculum. Each lesson was created by teachers and offer detailed power points on specific learning goals, activities, and outcomes.

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)
Resources for schools and the 5-4-3-2-1 program. The 5-4-3-2-1 program is CLOCC’s public education message containing recommendations for children and families to promote a healthy lifestyle. This mass media campaign has reached millions of individuals in communities throughout Chicago and beyond.

Food and Nutrition Information Center
Provides nutrition curricula, news feeds and databases. Topics include food allergies, ethnic foods, food safety, school nutrition and general nutrition education. Resources can be used for food and nutrition education.

Harvest for Healthy Kids
Find free activity kits that were developed and tested by teachers and childcare providers. Each kit includes hands-on activities with different fruits and vegetables, colorful picture cards, newsletters for families and background information for adults.

Kidsgardening.org
This site provides tools and resources to start a school garden. Grant opportunities are listed along with lesson and curriculum plans.

LearntobeHealthy.org
This site houses a collection of web-based health science education activities with accompanying lesson plans that can be used in the classroom, at health education centers and at home. Topics covered include nutrition, physical activity, dental health, mental health and bully prevention.

Let’s Move Schools! (formerly known as Let’s Move)
Provides community action resources, fact sheets, reports, activity ideas and other tools to help educators mobilize schools and communities to take steps to reduce childhood obesity.

Life Lab
Life Lab provides resources related to garden education, creating and sustaining school gardens, and about garden-enhanced nutrition education. This resource has curriculum and online lessons available, articles about other gardens that have been built, and also Life Lab’s YouTube channel with more than 100 videos demonstrating garden instruction and activity. Resources are available in English and Spanish.

My Plate
MyPlate is an updated dietary guideline, replacing MyPyramid, with a focus on portion sizes of each type of food you should consume at each meal. MyPlate provides resources, tools, print materials and interactive activities to promote healthy eating.

Openlands
Great resource for starting a school garden or applying for resources from Openlands to help install school gardens.

Super Kids Nutrition
Provides kids with online and printable learning activities related to health and nutrition. Includes blogs and current news articles related to child health.

The Kitchen Community
Find really helpful videos, curriculum and more to help drive garden learning.

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Resource Center
This site provides several resources for teaching children about gardening and the benefits of vegetable gardens and vegetable consumption for children. The School Gardening Guide lists ideas and step-by-step instructions for building new school gardens or supporting existing gardens.

American Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture
This foundation is creating agriculturally literate citizens through educational programs, grants, scholarships and classroom curriculum. Resources include lesson plans, recommended reading, resource guides and more.


Culture of Wellness

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Resources for schools with lessons and classroom ideas.

Action for Healthy Kids
Provides a comprehensive list of resources for implementing wellness policies and promoting health education on a nationwide scale through various programs and education resources, including Game On—a free online guide that provides all the information and resources you need to host a successful school wellness program. This resource provides a six-step guide for building a healthy school and includes a blueprint on the site that teachers can customize to fit their needs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Easy-to-understand information to develop expertise in and knowledge about nutrition, physical activity and healthy weight. This website provides statistics, reports, prevention strategies and lesson plans on these health topics.


Movement in the Classroom

 

Mindful Practices
This Chicago-based organization promotes education through various types of social emotional learning strategies including yoga poses, deep breathing techniques and meditation. Mindful Practices offers free workshops for CPS classrooms providing students with skills to proactively cope with internal and external stressors, cultivates compassion for self and others through awareness-based exercises, models healthy lifestyle choices and teaches physical fitness activities.

Take 10
TAKE10 is a classroom-based physical activity program, developed by the ILSI Research Foundation with the assistance of health professionals and education experts, combining academic instruction with 10 minutes physical activity breaks to get kids moving without sacrificing time dedicated to academic learning.

Thriving Schools
As part of an ongoing commitment to improve community health, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with leading national organizations on Thriving Schools—a comprehensive effort to create a culture of health and wellness for students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools.


PE and Recess

Action for Healthy Kids
This toolkit for quality recess is an excellent source of ideas for organized outdoor recess. This resource provides evidence-based recommendations on meaningful and exciting recess activities that are suitable for students, teachers and schools.

CDC
This downloadable guide for schools contains helpful information to ensure students are meeting the suggested 60 minutes worth of physical activity each day. This booklet includes resources, tips and evaluation strategies that can help ensure a successful program.

The Cornerstone
This site provides a list of more than 15 different games and activities for indoor recess.

Go Noodle
This free tool for teachers is a great way to brainstorm ideas for indoor recess games and activities.

Minneapolis Public Schools
This site provides several ideas for indoor recess including dance videos from YouTube using keywords like “indoor recess dance videos” and many more ideas.

Peaceful Playgrounds
This resource provides a list of various structured outdoor recess activities that have been favorable among students and teachers.

Peaceful Playgrounds: Indoor Recess
This resource provides a list of structured rain and snow day activities for indoor recess.

Playworks
This resource provides a safe and healthy list of indoor recess games that teachers can teach students.

SPARK
This well-established organization provides free physical education lesson plans for elementary school students that are easy to learn and easy to teach. Each lesson plan is tailored for each grade from K-5.

Teachers Pay Teachers
This resource provides teachers with easy and creative indoor recess ideas.


Staff Health and Wellness

Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools
Wellness programs can increase employees’ ability to focus, reduce absenteeism, improve employee morale, and combat chronic diseases. Wellness focused resources and webinars directed towards teachers available on this site.

SPARKE: Wellness for Staff
Spark understands that a healthy staff has more energy, a better work/life balance, and is a better role model for their classrooms. They have trainers that can assess the school and provide on site support for a wellness program.

Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Download an entire wellness guide to get your program up and running. This comprehensive toolkit has everything you need to encourage health and wellness at your school.


Chronic Absenteeism

Attendance Works
This national organization was created to promote better policy and practice around school attendance. Find information on chronic absenteeism, strategies to address issues as schools and teacher toolkits.

CPS Parent Handout: English and Spanish
CPS has created handouts to share with parents on the importance of school attendance and how they have a pivotal role in their students academic success.

U.S. Department of Education
This interactive report identifies chronic absenteeism as an ongoing problem in schools across the country. Learn more about issues facing schools and resources available to help address.

Healthy Schools Campaign Toolkit
The Addressing the Health-Related Causes of Chronic Absenteeism: A Toolkit for Action focuses on preparing educators—particularly school district decision-makers—with knowledge and practical guidance for creating meaningful change to address health-related chronic absenteeism.