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…)
Healthy Futures Blog
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
You’re in the midst of returning to school, adjusting to new schedules, learning new names and faces, and gearing up to make an impact. You’re prepared…you’ve got this! But when it comes to school and student safety, you can never be too prepared. (more…)