All parents know that they should teach their children to eat healthy and encourage them to exercise. However, that can be hard to do, especially when it feels like everything about your current lifestyle needs to change. Head Start and Early Head Start staff may use this worksheet with families to help them start behaviors that will improve the health and wellness of everyone at home. The 5-2-1-0 message provides suggestions for building healthy, active lives for everyone in the family.
The Strategies to Support and Encourage Healthy Active Living course is an online, interactive self-study course for Head Start and Early Head Start staff. It is focused on healthy, active living for children and families. Practice building skills to effectively communicate and engage with families around creating and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
Take this virtual tour of the Healthy Active Living Resources, the Growing Healthy Flipchart and 5, 2, 1, 0 Worksheet. These educational tools were designed to support and engage Head Start staff as they partner with families in healthy eating and active living. The short video provides guidance on how to effectively use these resources to educate staff and families.
I Am Moving, I Am Learning: Early Findings from the Implementation of an Obesity Prevention Enhancement in Head Start Region III
I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) seeks to increase daily moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day. Learn how to add more MVPA to your classroom activities.
Programs should promote developmentally appropriate active play for all children, including infants and toddlers, every day. Children should have opportunities to engage in moderate to vigorous activities indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.