Learn Healthy


 teachersResources here include links to Virginia’s youth health activism group, Amazement Square health programs, healthy rewards, classroom activities, and health curriculum ideas.

You don’t have time to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of what other teachers have figured out!  Click on any highlighted link for more info.


Amazement Square has more programs than we can list.  One new FREE program called Bee Healthy can be taught in the museum or YOUR classroom.   Contact the School Programs Specialist at 434-845-1888 (ext 15) or email visitus@amazementsquare.org

The Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom site has multiple links on the TEACHER tab.

FuelupFuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school.   Their website offers FREE ideas for encouraging health in schools, encourages students to choose what challenges would best suit the school, and provides incentives. Students can win cool prizes, like an NFL player visit or Super Bowl tickets, for choosing good-for-you foods and getting active for at least 60 minutes every day.  Teachers – use this website to harness your class’s love for the NFL! The result: healthier kids!  Many of our Lynchburg schools are already Fuel Up to Play 60 Schools!   Go HERE to see a list of supporters for this program.

Centra offers a variety of programs for students of all ages to introduce them to health careers.  Go to Access the future to request a health career day.

There is a group of young activists who fight for Virginia’s future by promoting healthy lifestyles and educating the public: Y Street!  The 1,500+ members in Y St. are promoters, activists, and leaders fighting for a healthier Virginia for youth and adults. We’re known as “Y-Sters” and represent over 50 communities across the state. Y-Sters know how to have fun while causing social change.  If you are interested in starting a Y Street club – apply through the website for grant funding!



The current obesity epidemic and updated school policy makes it important to think outside the candy aisle when it comes to rewards for good students.  These” treats” last longer and are better for your students!    Here are just a few ideas to motivate your students without compromising their health.

  • Free Time
  • Extra Gym Time
  • Extra Computer Time
  • Homework Pass
  • Teacher’s Helper For The Day
  • Eat Lunch With The Teacher
  • Stickers
  • Stamp Hand or Piece of Paper
  • Erasers
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Magnets

The Healthy Schools Campaign website has great resources for teachers – including this article on non-candy rewards for students and this one on speed cup stacking (which is an activity that some teachers use as a reward itself!)

Here are some ideas collected by teachers for keeping energy going in the classroom – and rewarding effort.  More ideas for non-food rewards !  These ideas were collected by mothers who are tired of junk food in schools.

Another site called Learning Matters has a helpful article on how to motivate students.

Even if you are not the movement education teacher, your class could benefit from movement! Check out these K-5 Energizers – ideas for integrating activity into any classroom! 

Rainy day recess got you down? Check out these 10 minute Instant Recess videos.  Our favorites are: Rossum Kickoff, Soccer, Football, Reggae, and Hip Hop!



Cooking with Kids experiential food and nutrition education curriculum includes cooking lessons and fruit and vegetable tastings that meet academic standards in language arts and literacy, mathematics, and health education.

Food Land & People was established in 1989.  Their Resources for Learning is a collection of 55 hands-on lessons has educational material for Pre-K to 12th grade students

The Healthy Kids Quest is a FREE online curriculum with flexible modules for 1-3rd graders

Teaching Math? Check out these Math Ag-tivities that combine lessons about Agriculture with grade-level math standards.

Sustainable Agriculture resources offers a 16-page (PDF) guide to sustainable agriculture-oriented educational opportunities for schoolchildren K-12 with over 50 programs and curricula nationwide, from “Growing Minds,” a program linking the garden and agriculture in Appalachia, to “French Fries and the Food System,” a year-round curriculum focusing on ways youth can better understand land and local food systems. Updated in 2011. Available only online. Includes direct links, program contact information and ideas for integrating lessons into school programs.




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