Meeting the 21st Century Well-Being Needs of Students: Part One

This guest blog post is the first in a two part series on the important role that educators play when positively impacting the emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of children in their care.

Educators know that students in modern society require additional supports from their schools, parents, and counselors, in that the acute well-being needs of young people today are at crisis levels. (more…)

Children learning healthy habits

5 Easy Ways to Support Healthy Learning

The 2015 – 2016 school year is officially here, and you’ve got your classroom and resource closet stocked with tools to help your students succeed. Organized classroom…check! Class rules posted…check! Desks arranged…check! But does your classroom support healthy learning? Even if you’re not a health, nutrition, or physical education teacher, there are ways to set up a health-promoting classroom that supports academic performance across all subjects. (more…)

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NEA’s Princess Moss Believes in Breakfast in the Classroom

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Princess Moss, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Education Association, to discuss the advantages of universal breakfast-in-the-classroom programs for students and teachers. Ms. Moss is an elementary music teacher from Louisa County, Virginia, and a long-time association and student advocate who sees Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) as an important tool to help students achieve and succeed in school. (more…)

Drinking water has many benefits

S.E.W. What? 10 Benefits of Drinking Water

S.E.W. What? is a blog series focusing on School Employee Wellness (S.E.W.), because hands down, employees are a school’s most important resource. No matter what your role, it is essential that you take care of yourself. You’re not the only one who will benefit from caring for yourself – the students and the entire school community will too.

Many people have a hard time drinking enough water throughout the day. It’s one of those things that you know you’re supposed to do, and you know it will benefit you in the long run, but you forget or get caught up doing other things. (more…)

Healthy families make a difference in the lives of children

Healthy Families Ahead!

Looking for a way to connect with the families you serve or encourage healthy lifestyles both in and outside of the classroom? Well, we’ve got you covered!

NEA Healthy Futures is excited to announce our latest resource — the Take Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives Together Family Guide. (more…)

Apples instead of cupcakes for a healthier lesson in school

Counting Apples Instead of Cupcakes

If Billy has seven cupcakes and gives five of them away, how many does he have left for himself? The correct answer is two cupcakes, but we think it would be better if Billy was giving away apples, don’t you? Something simple like counting apples instead of cupcakes can help enhance a healthy school culture, allowing students to Bag the Junk. (more…)


The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement

Do you need a different and engaging way to motivate students? We have the perfect source for you! Our friend Mike Kuczala has some thoughts to share with you from his TEDx talk about The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement.


Suicide is a leading cause of death for teenagers.

Save Lives: Prevent Suicide

Anytime we lose a young person to suicide is one time too many. Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24? It’s worse than that, though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also found in a nationwide survey of students in grades 9–12 in both public and private schools in the United States that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reporting trying to take their own life in the year before the survey. (more…)