Staying healthy is important no matter how old you are. When you’re young, your body is very busy growing, and to make sure that your body stays strong, you need to eat healthy foods and get exercise every day. When you have good habits as a kid, you are more likely to keep these habits after you grow up. Learning about fitness can help you know why it’s so important, and it can also give you new ideas for activities you can do to get exercise. Learning about good nutrition will help you know which are healthy foods, and you might find some new foods that are good for you that you haven’t tried before. Even learning about the human body helps you take better care of yourself because you’ll know more about how the different systems work together to keep your body running.
Everyone needs exercise for good health. Being active every day helps make sure that your heart stays healthy. You also feel better physically when you exercise regularly. You’ll probably feel happier, you’ll sleep better, and you might even do better in school when you exercise every day. Doctors recommend that kids and adults get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. This activity is also helpful because it will help you maintain a healthy weight. If you’re wondering what types of activity count as exercise, there’s good news: The running and playing that you naturally do outside is great exercise for your body. Climbing on a jungle gym, playing tag or hide-and-seek with your friends, going for walks with your dog, playing basketball, and swimming are just a few examples of fun ways you can get exercise. As you learn about the importance of fitness, you’ll have even more fun playing these games and enjoying these activities.
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- 15 Outdoor P.E. Activities for Grades K-12
- Fitness Jigsaw
- Through the Hoop
- Fitness Challenge
- 25 Exercise Games and Fun Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving (PDF)
- Games: Warmups, Icebreakers, and Deinhibitizers
- FitFun Game Guide (PDF)
Another big part of health involves the foods you eat. Everything you eat contributes to how you feel, so making sure that you choose the best foods is an important way to take care of yourself. Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamins and minerals that your body needs. These fresh foods also come in bright colors, so they can be fun to eat. Whenever possible, choose fresh fruits such as apples, peaches, grapes, and watermelon. Dark green, leafy vegetables are great sources of calcium, which your bones need. Try to eat whole grains, which are healthier than things like white bread and cake. Protein is also important for building strong muscles. Eating lowfat dairy products such as milk and yogurt gives your body the protein and calcium it needs. Stay away from high-fat foods that are processed, such as many kinds of treats and desserts, because these foods are mostly empty calories that don’t give your body what it needs to stay healthy.
- Uncovering Underground Veggies (PDF)’
- Crack the Secret Code (PDF)
- Power Up Your Breakfast
- Hunger Signals
- Fruit and Veggie Color Champions
- Blast Off Game
- Snacktown Smackdown
- Nutrients Your Body Needs
- Beverage Guide to Sugars
- Food Detectives
- Kids’ Cookbook (PDF)
The Human Body
The human body is an impressive system that actually contains many different systems within it, all working together to keep you functioning and strong. These separate systems include the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, excretory, immune, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal systems. Understanding these different systems helps you see how they all work together. If any system stops working properly, some or all of the other systems will be affected. There are many things you can do to protect your health and take care of your body. Washing your hands carefully and frequently is one important way to stay healthy. When you wash your hands, you help prevent germs from getting inside your body, where they can make you sick.
- InnerG Game
- How the Body Works: The Skeleton
- Poke a Muscle
- Digestive System
- Have You Ever Wondered How the Human Body Works?
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