Physical Education and Nutrition Working TogetherTM (PE-NutTM) is a nutrition and physical education program that uses a whole-school approach to motivate students, parents, and educators to eat healthier and be physically active. PE-Nut is designed to improve health behaviors by presenting simple, consistent nutrition and physical activity messages via multiple approaches.
Academic achievement improves when students receive a healthful diet and when they can be physically active throughout the school day. In PE-Nut, physical educators, classroom teachers, and school administrators work together to improve nutrition and physical activity in grades K–5. The program fits nicely with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach.
Students who eat nutritious food and participate in regular physical activity are healthier. They miss fewer days of school and spend class time more “on task.” As a result, teachers’ instructional time is more efficient. Numerous studies have linked physical activity to higher test scores. PE-Nut can therefore improve not only students’ health, but also their learning.
Building Leadership Guide
Because messages are more effective when they are consistent and delivered through multiple channels, all school staff and volunteers can play a vital role by using the Building Leadership Guide to reinforce nutrition messages. Use the links below to help promote a healthy school environment.
FitBitsTM is an innovative, best practice resource that gets students up, out of their seats, and moving during the school day. At the same time, FitBits reinforces nutrition and health concepts that are aligned with USDA MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and grade level National Health Standards.
FitBits activities are arranged into four content areas: Healthy Bodies, Food Groups, Fruits and Veggies, and Healthy Snacks.
Multiple studies show that active children have higher academic test scores. In just 7–10 minutes, teachers can use FitBits for fun, kid-approved physical activity opportunities. These engaging activities serve to break up periods of student inactivity, to transition to other subjects, and simply to liven up the classroom.
FitBits activities are designed to require no special equipment. Each book includes a music CD to optionally play during activities. The variety of movements in each booklet are age-appropriate for developmental skill level. Students participate in three types of physical activity: strength, endurance, and flexibility.
This enhanced version of FitBits includes a new feature called the “Apple Core.” Each activity has a grade-specific Apple Core which teachers can use to further reinforce Common Core Educational Standards for Math and English Language Arts.
The book sets that make up Health Through LiteracyTM include six to seven books, age-appropriate for three levels, Pre-K to Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary. Each book is nutrition or physical activity themed and comes with a tip sheet to enhance the health messages within the books. These tip sheets help teachers to discuss the books with their classes, to incorporate physical activity into the reading of the book, to provide a food tasting opportunity for students, and to integrate health messages with other areas of the program.
Healthy Classrooms, Healthy SchoolsTM helps teachers transform first their classroom and, ultimately, their school to be environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity. One HCHS set is for grades K–2, the other for grades 3–5. Both can be ordered with companion books tailored to a specific grade. Both also include activities for teachers and students that introduce and reinforce healthy messages. Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools touches on all areas defined by the Centers for Disease Control as part of a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach.