Nurture Elementary Program

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Overview 

The Nurture Elementary Program helps first through fifth grade students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to help reduce the likelihood of developing childhood obesity. The goal is to help students develop positive relationships with food while building the ability and desire to make healthy choices about nutrition, hydration and exercise. It includes 35 monthly units of hands-on lessons, activities, fitness games and parent handouts. The goal is to help students develop positive relationships with food while building their ability and desire to make healthy choices about nutrition, hydration and exercise.

Key Topics and related Core Concepts establish a common vocabulary for discussing nutrition and wellness, which eases communication between grades and schools. The following Key Topics are discussed throughout the program:

  • Eat mainly foods that nourish your body.
  • Be physically active.
  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Use MyPlate to create balanced meals and snacks.
  • Pay attention to energy balance and portion control.
  • Stay hydrated with water and milk.

Elementary-Program-Structure-Diagram
The program includes five levels and a total of 35 monthly units. Each unit includes:

  • Lesson, 20 minute lessons for Levels 1 – 4 and 40 minute lessons for Level 5
  • P.E. Activity
  • An optional Supplemental Activity that reinforces the Lesson while teaching Common Core Standards for English Language Arts or Mathematics
  • Parent Handout which helps the parents reinforce the concepts at home

Lesson concepts are introduced in the younger grades and applied with increasing sophistication in subsequent lessons and grades. Because of this, it takes 4 years to fully implement the program as designed.

Use the links in the table below or the drop down menu to access the program materials for each Level.

  Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5
First Year of Nurture Programming   Level 1 Level 2 Year 1 Level 2 Year 1 Level 3 Year 1 Level 3 Year 1
Second Year of Nurture Programming  Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 3 Level 4
Third Year of Nurture Programming Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 4
Fourth Year  or more of Nurture Programming Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

Use this link or the drop down menu to access training materials, teaching aids used for multiple levels, and pages containing all the parent handouts.

Schools that have been most successful in implementing this program have support from their district and school administrators and from school Classroom and Physical Education teachers. The Elementary Program is a regularly scheduled activity.

Three models for teaching the program have been used successfully.
1. Classroom teachers teach the Lesson and Supplemental Activity and distribute the parent handout. Physical Education teachers teach the PE Activity.
2. Physical Education teachers teach all program components.
3. Nurture teaches the Lesson. Physical Education teachers teach the PE Activity. Classroom teachers teach the Supplemental Activity and distribute the parent handout.

Nurture Elementary Program: Level 1

Main focus areas

  • Distinguishing between Go Foods that nourish our bodies and Slow Foods that don’t
  • How fruits and vegetables help our bodies and how to add them to our meals
  • How exercise, go foods, water and sleep keep us healthy

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 1 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handout
1.1   Food for Fuel: Go or Slow?

  • Discuss why we eat and how to sort foods by go & slow
Go and Slow Relay

  • Sort foods by Go & Slow
Go Slow Cartoon

  • Draw how you feel after eating Go foods and after Slow foods
Go and Slow Foods

  • Peanut Buttery Oatmeal
1.2   Energy Balance

  • Food provides energy for activities. Eat too little or too much and you feel weak or sluggish
Energy Balance Exercises

  • Discuss energy balance, perform balance exercises

 

Hungry or Full?

  • Draw and describe a time you were hungry. Repeat for when have eaten too much
Energy Balance

  • Yogurt Parfait
1.3   Fruits and Veggies

  • How eating fruits and vegetables help our bodies, amount to eat
Fruit and Veggie Spud

  • Importance of fruits and vegetables

 

Fruit and Veggie Math

  • Add and subtract using fruits and veggies as the objects
Fruits and Vegetables

  • Veggie Head Muffins
1.4   Fitting in More Fruits and Veggies

  • Adding fruit & veggies to meals & snacks
Fruit and Veggies Red Light, Green Light

  • Use red and green fruits & veggies to play game

 

Calculating Fruit & Vegetable Consumption

  • List and count the fruits & veggies eaten each day
Fitting in Fruits and Vegetables

  • Snowmen on a Stick
1.5   Fitness is Fun!

  • Importance of active play, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercises
Smoking Rhymes

  • Jump rope while saying rhymes about avoiding smoking

 

My Healthy Heart

  • Draw and write about things you can to do keep your heart healthy.
Fitness is Fun

  • Family Walks
1.6   Growing a Strong Body

  • Need for Go foods, water, exercise and sleep
Indy 500

  • Reviews Go and Slow foods while racing

 

Need or Want

  • Categorize by needs (keep us healthy) or wants
Strong Bodies: Needs and Wants

  • Lentil Tostadas
1.7   Where Does Food Come From

  • Discusses the steps to get food from farms to our homes
Farmer and the Crow

  • Active game reinforcing how to grow food

 

Growing Vegetables

  • Students plant veggie seeds they can grow at home

 

Where Does Food Come From?

  • Fun Ways to Use Lettuce
1.8   From Go to Slow

  • Case studies of helping students to reinforce concepts from the year
Simon Says Go or Slow

  • Reinforces categorizing Go and Slow foods

 

All About Me

  • Describe and draw things they do to stay healthy
Fun, Fresh, Family

  • Watermelon Smoothie

 


Nurture Elementary Program: Level 2

Main focus areas

  • MyPlate and how each food group helps our bodies
  • How to sort foods by food group and Go and Slow Foods
  • How to make healthy snacks and balanced lunches using MyPlate as a guide
  • How cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and yoga exercises help our bodies

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 2 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handout
2.1   Go Food Lunches

 

Red Light Green Light

  • Slow foods = Red and Go Foods = Green
  • Lesson

 

Go Go Venn Diagram

Go Foods and Slow Foods

2.2   MyPlate

MyPlate Tag – Level 2

Menu Makeover

MyPlate

2.3   Eat a Rainbow

Fruit and Veggie Spud

  • How they help our bodies and how many we should eat
  • Lesson

 

Rainbow Riddle

  • Create riddles describing fruits and vegetables, share with a partner
  • Lesson

 

A Rainbow of Colors

2.4   MyPlate Portions

4 Square Tournament

  • Reinforces food groups.
  • Lesson

 

MyPlate Math

MyPlate Portions

2.5   Fitness is Fun!

Smoking Rhymes

  • Jump rope to rhymes about avoiding smoking
  • Lesson

 

My Healthy Heart

Fitness is Fun!

2.6   Flexibility and Yoga

Yoga Tag

  • Must get into a yoga pose when tagged
  • Lesson

 

Relaxation

  • Write two paragraphs about a relaxation technique
  • Lesson
Yoga and Flexibility

2.7   Sensational Snacks

Twin Tag

  • Characteristics of healthy snacks
  • Lesson

 

My Favorite Snack

Sensational Snacks

2.8   Pack a Better Lunch

Race Car

  • Reinforces MyPlate and Go and Slow foods
  • Lesson

 

None Healthy Lunch Options

 



Nurture Elementary Program: Level 2 – Year 1 at School

Main focus areas

  • MyPlate and how each food group helps our bodies
  • How to sort foods by food group and Go and Slow Foods
  • How to make healthy snacks and balanced lunches using MyPlate as a guide
  • How cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and yoga exercises help our bodies

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 2 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handout
1.1   Food for Fuel: Go or Slow?

Go and Slow Relay

 

Go Go Venn Diagram

Go Foods and Slow Foods

2.2   MyPlate

MyPlate Tag – Level 2

Menu Makeover

MyPlate

2.3   Eat a Rainbow

Fruit and Veggie Spud

  • How they help our bodies and how many we should eat
  • Lesson

 

Rainbow Riddle

  • Create riddles describing fruits and vegetables, share with a partner
  • Lesson

 

A Rainbow of Colors

2.4   MyPlate Portions

4 Square Tournament

  • Reinforces food groups.
  • Lesson

 

MyPlate Math

MyPlate Portions

2.5   Fitness is Fun!

Smoking Rhymes

  • Jump rope to rhymes about avoiding smoking
  • Lesson

 

My Healthy Heart

Fitness is Fun!

2.6   Flexibility and Yoga

Yoga Tag

  • Must get into a yoga pose when tagged
  • Lesson

 

Relaxation

  • Write two paragraphs about a relaxation technique
  • Lesson
Yoga and Flexibility

2.7   Sensational Snacks

Twin Tag

  • Characteristics of healthy snacks
  • Lesson

 

My Favorite Snack

Sensational Snacks

2.8   Pack a Better Lunch

Race Car

  • Reinforces MyPlate and Go and Slow foods
  • Lesson

 

None Healthy Lunch Options

 



Nurture Elementary Program: Level 3

Main focus areas

  • Using MyPlate to make balanced healthy snacks and meals
  • Distinguishing between thirst, hunger and appetite and what drives these
  • Using sugar and fiber on nutrition labels and ingredient lists to rank the health benefits of cereals and beverages
  • The importance of being physically active and limiting screen time

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 3 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handout
3.1   MyPlate Review

MyPlate Tag – Level 3

  • Sort food cards by food group without getting tagged
  • Lesson
MyPlate Fractions

MyPlate Tips

3.2   Celebrations and Appetite

Hunt for Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Reinforces go and slow foods
  • Lesson
  • Hunt for Dinner Food Cards
Food Traditions

Celebrations and Appetite

3.3   Breakfast

Steal the Breakfast

  • Capture the flag reinforcing the importance of breakfast
  • Lesson

 

Kitchen Conversions

Break the Fast

 

3.4   Cereal Scavenger Hunt

 

Don’t be Slow

  • Importance of breakfast, sugar and fiber levels for Go and Slow cereals
  • Lesson

 

Design a Cereal Box

  • Develop package illustrations for a go cereal that will appeal to children
  • Lesson
  • Visuals

 

Shopping for Cereal

3.5   Physical Activity & Energy Balance

Dance Party

Healthy Heart Challenge

Energy Balance and Physical Activity

3.6   Screen Break

Get Up and Go Go

 

Screen Time Logs

Limiting Screen Time

3.7   Better Beverage

 

Elephant tag

  • Why water is the best beverage, importance of hydration
  • Lesson

 

Liters and Milliliters

Beverages 101

3.8   Jump Starting Energy

Soccer Fitness

  • Review year’s concepts
  • Lesson

 

None Summer Fun


Nurture Elementary Program: Level 3 – Year 1 at School

Main focus areas

  • Using MyPlate to make balanced healthy snacks and meals
  • Distinguishing between thirst, hunger and appetite and what drives these
  • Using sugar and fiber on nutrition labels and ingredient lists to rank the health benefits of cereals and beverages
  • The importance of being physically active and limiting screen time

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 3 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handout
1.1   Food for Fuel: Go or Slow?

  • Discuss why we eat and how to sort foods by go & slow
Go and Slow Relay

  • Sort foods by Go & Slow
None Go Foods and Slow Foods

2.2   MyPlate

MyPlate Tag – Level 3

  • Sort food cards by food group without getting tagged
  • Lesson
MyPlate Fractions

MyPlate

3.3a   Breakfast, Celebrations & Appetite

 

Hunt for Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Reinforces Go and Slow foods
  • Lesson
  • Hunt for Dinner Food Cards
Kitchen Conversions

Break the Fast

 

3.4   Cereal Scavenger Hunt

 

Don’t be Slow

  • Importance of breakfast, sugar and fiber levels for Go and Slow cereals
  • Lesson

 

Design a Cereal Box

  • Develop package illustrations for a go cereal that will appeal to children
  • Lesson
  • Visuals
Shopping for Cereal

3.5   Physical Activity & Energy Balance

Dance Party

Healthy Heart Challenge

Energy Balance and Physical Activity

3.6   Screen Break

Get Up and Go Go

 

Screen Time Logs

Limiting Screen Time

3.7   Better Beverage

 

Elephant tag

  • Why water is the best beverage, importance of hydration
  • Lesson

 

Liters and Milliliters

Beverages 101

3.8   Jump Starting Energy

Soccer Fitness

  • Review year’s concepts
  • Lesson

 

None Summer Fun

 

 


Nurture Elementary Program: Level 4

Main focus areas

  • Benefits of eating whole grains and how to recognize whole grains by reading the ingredients list
  • Reading product nutrition labels to determine amounts of sodium, sugar and fats per serving and why it is important to monitor intake
  • Using macronutrients to build healthy snacks according to the situation and type of energy needed.
  • The importance of being physically active for a healthy mind and body

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 4 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handout
4.1   Wholesome Whole Grains

 

Grain  Game

  • Benefits of whole grains
  • Lesson

 

Asking for Whole Grains

Wholesome Whole Grains

4.2    Identifying Whole Grains

 

Capture the Whole Grain

  • Difference between enriched and whole grains
  • Lesson

 

Fiber and Whole Grains

Identifying Whole Grains

4.3   Go and Slow Fats

 

Go Slow Fats Relay Race

Go and Slow Fats

 

Go Fats and Slow Fats

 

4.4   Sugar Smarts

 

Sugar Circuit

Sugar Smarts Activity

Sugar Smarts

4.5   Fitness and Health

 

Freeze Dance!

  • Why it’s important to be physically active
  • Lesson

 

Fitness Math

Fitness is Fun!

4.6   Salt

Water Chasing Salt

  • Importance of limiting salt consumption
  • Lesson

 

Salt Consumption

Salt: To Use or Not To Use

4.7    Macronutrients

 

Cardio Relay Race

  • Macronutrients and snacking for energy
  • Lesson

 

Macronutrients Worksheet

Macronutrients

4.8    Eat Local Food

 

Going the Distance

  • Review eating locally
  • Lesson

 

None What’s in a Meal

 

 


Nurture Elementary Program: Level 5

Main focus areas

  • Determine appropriate portion sizes when building a meal using MyPlate
  • Understanding strategies used by food companies to sell their products and how it may affect eating habits.
  • Reading nutrition labels and ingredient lists to select the most nutritious snack

Below are links to the materials you’ll need to provide Level 5 programming

Unit Lesson P.E. Activity Supplemental Activity Parent Handouts
5.1   Portion Distortion

Four Square Switch

  • Review energy balance and importance of portion control
  • Lesson

 

Plates and Portions

Portion Distortion

5.2   Ad Smart

Bandwagon Tag

  • Tag game that reinforces how advertising tries to influence our decision making
  • Lesson

 

Radio Advertising

Advertising and Food Choices

5.3   Knowledge is Power

 

Knowledge Builds Power

Choosing Smart Choosing Healthy

Knowledge is Power