According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, schools must move beyond a focus on basic competency in core subjects to promoting understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects. One of these themes is health literacy, which involves obtaining, interpreting and understanding basic health information and services, and using such information and services in ways that are health enhancing.
The sites linked below offer opportunities for integrating health literacy into your students’ daily activities.
Calories In, Calories Out
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an organization driving a multiyear effort to help reduce obesity—especially childhood obesity—by 2015, has launched Energy Balance 101, a new online curriculum jointly developed by Discovery Education, pediatric dieticians and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).The curriculum includes lesson plans, resources and videos, aligned to state standards, for the K–2 and 3–5 grade bands. Promoting ways to help young people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance—calories in and calories out—the curriculum is now available at no cost to educators.
Visitors to the Web site can also enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes awarding more than $100,000 in prizes. The sweepstakes ends on December 1, 2010.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t just about a “diet” or “program.” It’s part of an ongoing lifestyle that students can adopt now and stay with for years to come. A healthy lifestyle involves many choices—among them, choosing a balanced diet or eating plan. So how can students choose a healthful eating plan? Check out the Healthy Weight site sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The National Eating Disorders Association’s Parent and Educators Toolkits have information on a variety of issues surrounding eating disorders that are invaluable for parents and educators. Download the toolkits in book-form free of charge. The information and resources are accessible in English and Spanish.
NEDA’s Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit is a new resource for staff who work in gyms, school settings, outside athletic groups, dance studios and others who would like to know how to support athletes who may be affected by eating disorders. The toolkit includes frequently asked questions and common myths about eating disorders, strategies for assisting athletes and much more. Click on the Coach & Athletic Trainer Toolkit icon to download this resource for free.