The lesson plans meet the National Health Education Standards for nutrition and physical activity, and for all states that base their standards on the National Standards such as North Dakota.
Students first learn how the heart pumps blood and that blood carries food and oxygen to all parts of the body. A puppet named “Heart Buddy” (sold separately) has been designed to help teach these lessons. Students do “fast heart” activities in school and at home. They learn how to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings per day. They taste low fat foods like skim milk and do activities that challenge them and their parents to build these foods into their food plan at home.
Students participate in
• activities related to the heart
• doing “fast heart” activities
• identifying Anytime & Sometime Foods
• preparing healthy snacks
• tasting lower fat foods
• setting personal goals for snacks and exercise
• home and advocacy activities