Nutrition Education & School Garden Resources
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.
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.
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.
This site provides tools and resources to start a school garden. Grant opportunities are listed along with lesson and curriculum plans.
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.
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 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.
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.
Great resource for starting a school garden or applying for resources from Openlands to help install school gardens.
Provides kids with online and printable learning activities related to health and nutrition. Includes blogs and current news articles related to child health.
Find really helpful videos, curriculum and more to help drive garden learning.
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
Resources for schools with lessons and classroom ideas.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This site provides a list of more than 15 different games and activities for indoor recess.
This free tool for teachers is a great way to brainstorm ideas for indoor recess games and activities.
This resource provides a list of various structured outdoor recess activities that have been favorable among students and teachers.
This resource provides a list of structured rain and snow day activities for indoor recess.
This resource provides a safe and healthy list of indoor recess games that teachers can teach students.
This resource provides teachers with easy and creative indoor recess ideas.
Staff Health and Wellness
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.
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 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.
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.
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.