The Migrant Education Program is presenting “Building a Healthy Me” for their Spring 2017 after school and Saturday unit of study.
Focusing on the importance of making good nutrition and physical exercise a part of their daily lives, the students will be learning about healthy options that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
Students will learn about the nutrients that their bodies need for healthy living: the role of water, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and sugar. They will also learn about the nutritional value of the six food groups and how to plan menus and make healthy food choices by using the Food Guide Pyramid and the Dietary Guidelines.
Lessons on reading food labels and making better choices at a fast food restaurant are reinforced through games, dramatic play and hands on activities.
The students will be encouraged to share their knowledge with their parents so that the parents can be involved at home to support what the students have learned.
Dance and soccer classes have been planned so that the students can enjoy moderate to vigorous activity in a fun and exciting setting. They will take their pulse and listen to their heartbeat as they learn about endurance, flexibility, agility and balance.
In addition to making students aware of the long-term benefits of choosing to exercise and to eat healthy foods “Building a Healthy Me” provides meaningful opportunities for the students to develop skills in critical thinking as well as, in written and oral language.