Winter 2014 Health Link Online

HealthLink Online

Uniting Children, Parents, Caregivers, and Health Professionals

Wellness Teaching Tools - FREE Online

Wellness Teaching Tools - FREE Online

Best Practices for Physical Activity. Nemours Health and Prevention Services, version 2 at www.GrowUpHealthy.org offers practical tips, gidelines and sample policies: 

  • Physical Activity Tips such as encouraging moderate to vigorous physical activity daily and throughout the day to accumulate needed levels, and offering a variety of activity opportunities
  • Physical Activity Guidelines for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children
  • Sample policies for child care and schools, as well as parent and family tip sheets for each age group from infants through school age

Go NAP SACC Infant and Child Physical Activity Self-Assessment at http://gonapsacc.org/resources/nap-sacc-materials This checklist is one of a set of newly updated Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) materials released in 2013. Others are still being tested and will be available in 2014. In addition to this checklist, the NAP SACC website has checklists to self-assess practices for infant feeding, child nutrition, outdoor play & learning, and screen time. .

Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit. These richly illustrated materials are available in English and Spanish. Sesame Workshop produced the kit with Nemours Health and Prevention Services and KidsHealth in 2007. It includes lessons and activities for programs to use, as well as ways to engage families in practicing healthy habits at home. Familiar Sesame Street characters help teach the messages. The first two of the three sections of the kit focus on physical activity and nutrition. The third section builds on what the children learned in the first two sections. The kit includes printable downloads, videos, games and songs on iTunes. In addition to healthy habits, the materials teach literacy and math. Access parts of all of these materials on one or more of three websites. Go to:

  • http://classroom.kidshealth.org/classroom/cc/GetMoving.pdf
  • http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/healthyhabits#2
  • www.kidshealth.org In the section “for educators” select “child care guides”

Get Moving Today Calendar at http://www.aahperd.org/headstartbodystart/activityresources/activityCalendar/index.cfm. This tool is available in English and Spanish. It suggests activities for every day of the year. Two forms of the calendar are available: one has months, but no dates to make it OK to use in any year. The other has the current year’s (2014) calendar dates. This is one of a group of products on the website of Head Start Body Start, the National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play, a program of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided funding for the calendar. Go to: 

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children, Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program at http://www.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-and-wellness-tips-young-children-provider-handbook-child-and-adult-care-food-program. This tool includes nearly 30 files to make up a notebook. Most of the files provide information and suggestions to encourage healthful nutrition and physical activity for 2-5 year old children in early care and education programs. In addition, to help users make a ring notebook version of the handbook, the files include a front and back cover, binder spine insert, and section dividers. Use these to make collection of curriculum ideas to consult again and again.