Unit 11 Information for Leaders

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Behavior Goal

Children will review health messages from the Food & Fun lessons that have been taught at afterschool

Key Messages for Kids

  • Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains taste great and are good for you.
  • Being active is fun and good for your body!
  • Water is the best drink when you are thirsty.
  • Do something active instead of watching TV.
  • Fats from fish, nuts, and seeds are healthy for your body.

Key Information for Program Staff

This unit, "Food & Fun Finale!" is an opportunity for you to review the key messages from Food & Fun, play a popular game or activity from a previous unit, and make your favorite recipes again! Try this out half way through Food & Fun, or when you have finished all of the units.

If you need a refresher of the key messages, re-read the "Key Information for Program Staff" in each unit. If you notice that there are some key messages in this Unit that you have not yet covered, consider teaching these units next. It is important for kids to understand all parts of a healthy lifestyle-staying physically active, eating healthy foods, drinking healthy beverages, and limiting time in front of the TV and computer. Don't forget to check out some of the suggested references in each of the units if you want to delve deeper in to a unit that kids really love!

It is important to communicate about the importance of drinking water instead of sugary drinks to parents because kids are most likely to drink soda and juice drinks at home. Many parents don't realize the large amount of sugar their children get from drinks. Most tap water in the United States is safe to drink, but if you or the parents from your program are concerned about the safety of your local water supply check out The Environmental Protection Agency's annual water quality reports: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/ccr/whereyoulive.html.

Refer to the "Water, Water Everywhere!" Tip Sheet for ideas on how to serve water at your afterschool program!