The elements of a healthy body
To download the complete Healthy Habits module, click on the button below, where you will be prompted to download the module in PDF form.
Additionally, individual lesson plans of the module are available below.
Lesson: Nutrition & Food
Length of lesson: 45 Minutes
Food is necessary to keep the human body functioning. What you eat affects how your body functions, looks, and feels. Healthy foods, or food rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, help the body grow and maintain well-being. Healthy food choices are essential components of human health and can prevent unwanted weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems, which are becoming increasingly common in youth.
Lesson: Zumba/Yoga/Dance Session
Length of lesson: 30 minutes
Physical activity promotes healthy bodies and minds, building strength and producing endorphins, which make you naturally feel good. Additionally, “the sports environment provides girls with experiences of teamwork, goal-setting, positive adult mentoring and leadership training, as well as a ready-made social support system (Women’s Sports Foundation I).
Lesson: Girls Only! Field Day
Length of lesson: 1 Hour
- How can you make being healthy fun?
- What is your favorite way to exercise?
- How do you feel when you’re doing something healthy for your body?
Lesson: Cooking Together
Length of lesson: 1 Hour
Being able to cook healthy food is essential to independent living. With the influx of developing fast food chains and restaurants, and easy access to junk food, teaching the girls how to make simple, healthy, cooked at home meals is a fun way to build team work and be healthy together. This lesson can be modified to the meal most accessible to the group and facilitator.
Lesson: Stress Balloon (adapted from TKF)
Length of lesson: 25 Minutes
Stress is necessary, often helping us escape danger, perform under pressure, and motivating us to do our best. But too much stress, that feeling of being overloaded with too many things to do and not enough time to do them, can cause us to feel angry or agitated, withdrawn or depressed. Stress is both a mental and physical condition, commonly leading to a headache, heart beating fast, tense muscles, stomach ache or indigestion, and sweaty palms. Along with their rapidly changing bodies, minds, and emotions, young people deal with stress due to school, friendships, parents/guardians, siblings, home life, relationships, money, extracurricular activities, and uncertainty about the future.
Lesson: Relaxing my Body Meditation
Length of Lesson: 15 Minutes
Relaxation of the body is important to maintaining wellness. When your body is tense or tired, problems appear to be magnified and decisions can be made without proper thought. Relaxation enhances clear thinking.