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Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives Offers Free Instructional Materials for Nutrition Education

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese in the United States, and the global prevalence of obesity-related diseases among adolescents continues to be a growing concern among health care professionals and parents alike. In an effort to undermine the rising rates of childhood obesity, whole child partner National Education Association's Health Information Network (NEA HIN) and Nestlé in the United States are providing free instructional materials that support educators' ongoing efforts to teach students in grades K–3 about healthy living through a program called Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives.

Now aligned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new generation food icon MyPlate, the third edition of Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives includes activities that address multiple learning styles and use a mixture of grouping structures that encourage students to think healthy, eat healthy, and move healthy. The program is also tied to national curriculum standards in all academic content areas for grades K–3 and helps educators incorporate the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into their classrooms.

The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit features 14 instructional activities, a MyPlate poster that offers visual examples of healthy living, and food cards that identify the five food groups. Each lesson also features a modifications section, which enables educators to tailor the activities for their classrooms. Additional components, including Healthy Family Connection sheets and National Curriculum Standards Tie-In Charts, are available online.

The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives materials are available online at www.nestleusa.com/healthysteps and www.neahin.org/healthysteps. For free printed copies of the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit, please e-mail healthysteps@us.nestle.com.

Comments (17)

rebecca good

August 23, 2012

I would like to recieve a copy of the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives materials available to teachers.
Thank you

Dina Napolitano

August 26, 2012

Please send me Teacher’s Guide for Healthy Steps and Healthy Lives.  I would like to incorporate these activities into my curriculum.  Thank you!

patrick barberio

September 19, 2012

Please send me Teacher’s Guide for Healthy Steps and Healthy Lives.  I would like to incorporate this into my curriculum.  Thank you!

Margaret J. Hively

August 25, 2013

In order to enhance my Physical Education program, would you please send me the free Healthy Steps and Healthy Lives materials.  Our school starts at kdg and goes through 6th grade.

diane kelly

August 26, 2013

I am a Physical Education teacher would you please send me the free Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives Kit for both groups K-3 and 3-6. Thank you

Klea @ ASCD

August 27, 2013

The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives materials are available online at http://www.nestleusa.com/healthysteps and www.neahin.org/healthysteps. For free printed copies of the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit, please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Carole Lamb

November 7, 2013

Could you please send me the free Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit for both groups, K-2 and 3-6. I teach elementary physical education and I’m very interested in using them along with my curriculum. Thank you.

Klea Scharberg

November 7, 2013

You can download them at the links in the post. For free printed copies of the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit, please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Mary Dunbar

August 15, 2014

To update info from MyPyramid, please send me free MyPlate posters, handouts, etc. for 9-12 grade students

Maureen Caruso

October 17, 2014

Please send me the teacher’s guide and kit for both grades k-3 and 4-6,
My fourth grade class does some co-teaching with a kindergarten class each week and this is a hot topic.  Thank you so much .

Denee Bringhurst

October 18, 2014

Please send me the teacher’s guide and kit for grades K-3

Mary Ann Davies

October 21, 2014

Please send copies to 238 ripley place elizabeth nj Benjamin Franklin school 13

Phyllis Jaillet

October 24, 2014

Please send me a grades 3-6 healthy steps kit.
Phyllis Jaillet
Davis Hill School
80 Jamieson Rd
Holden, MA. 01520

Chris Bristol

October 26, 2014

Please send me the teacher’s guide and kits for both k-3 and 4-6.  I teach at an elementary school that includes k- 6 and I would like to encorporate this into my classes.

thank you,
Chris Bristol
8 Elm St.
Hubbardston, Ma 01452

Beth Stepowany

October 28, 2014

Please send me the teachers guide and kits for grades k -5.
Beth Stepowany
Matapeake Elementary
651 Romancoke Rd.
Stevensville, MD 21666

Kelly Thrun

October 30, 2014

Please send me the teachers guide and kits for grades K-3.
Kelly Thrun
Joy Elementary
24 Margaret Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Madonna Lutka, HN

November 25, 2014

I’m requesting 2 kits and teachers guides for grades 3,4,5, and 6. We’re very excited about starting this program here in New Hartford where we’ve already begun a wellness program.  This guidance will push our program onward. Send to Madonna Lutka, RN Ann Antolini School 30 Antolini Rd. New Hartford, CT 06057 (860-489-4169)

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