Most kids (and most adults) understand the need to make
healthy food choices, get enough sleep, or participate in
physical activity regularly. But people do not always base
their actions on what they know. One of the challenges of
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is
to help people translate health information into action.
In this activity, students review the components of the
Energy Equation: Food + Sleep + Physical Activity = Energy.
They think about the barriers to and benefits of acting
on each component of the equation. Finally, students develop
a plan for putting their health knowledge into practice.
Research the need for the recommended nutrition, sleep,
and physical activity to have optimal energy by playing
several interactive games on the BAM! Body and Mind™
Analyze the barriers to and benefits of eating right,
getting enough sleep, and participating in physical activity
for students their age
Translate their research into action by developing
a motivational/educational piece on one of the topics
that helps overcome the barriers they have discussed
BAM! Body and Mind Resources:
Gym — A word search game that is packed with
words and definitions related to physical activity. Picnic
Pickup — Students avoid junk foods and click
on the healthy, nutritious foods to win points and maintain
their energy. Pillow
Pitch — Students click on sheep to get sleep
minutes. The goal is 9 hours of sleep before the alarm
clock sounds and time is up.