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Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Presentation

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Samira Jouhar

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Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Presentation
Strategies that support health & wellness in the classroom.

The purpose of this presentation is to successfully achieve accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

This professional development training for teachers will focus on enhancing effective health, nutrition and safety practices at our center.
Strategies on safety in the early childhood classroom.
Classroom rules are essential in any classroom. Set up clear & age-appropriate rules & enforce them! Supervision is Key.

A daily room assessment should also be implemented. A teacher should review their room every morning before children arrive to assess any toys or equipment that is broken or needs repair, any cleaning products and other safety issues.
To support family engagement in fostering children's overall health & wellness teachers can provide activities for families to do at home. They may include:

Relay races
Outdoor obstacle courses
Eating family style meals
Using good manners
Songs to sing while brushing teeth
Handwashing songs

How is it incorporated into the early childhood classroom?
Describe 2-3 strategies to support in the classroom.
Identify resources that teachers can utilize in their planning & implementation.
Family activity or newsletter that can support family engagement.
Discuss one obstacle that teachers may encounter & plan for how to deal with the challenge.

As teachers, our primary responsibility is to provide children a safe, nurturing environment that incorporates effective learning skills & curriculum.

By providing a classroom environment that is safe and hazard-free, bright, clean and organized, we will support our children's well-being.

With effective supervision, we will provide a safe and active environment that will prevent accidents and injuries.
In the early childhood classroom, according to Diane Bales, Associate Professor, Department of Child & Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, believes "Health is a holistic concept that involves more than the physical state. A child's social, cognitive, and emotional skills also must be considered."

When creating a healthy classroom, it is important to consider the physical space of the classroom. Are there quiet areas that allow children to be uninterrupted? Is there enough room in the classrooms to move? Is your room filled with items that serve a purpose?
Strategies that support nutritional choices & possible food allergies in children.
Children learn through play. In the classroom setting, teachers are responsible for making learning fun!
Teachers can highlight brushing & flossing teeth
Teachers can highlight the importance of regular check-ups
Teachers can highlight the overall health of a child.
Resources for Teachers:

The National Association for the
Education of Young Children is
"the world's largest organization
working on behalf of young

PBS The Public Broadcast System
provides resources for parents,
teachers and kids. PBS Kids
provides high-quality programming
age appropriate information and
positive role models for children
to learn.

As a teacher, we may deal with children that are not used to being active or exercise on a regular basis. An example would be children that would rather play on electronic games instead of running or playing outside.

A plan on how to deal with this challenge may be to provide a thematic gross motor activity that the children could play as a group with their teachers or families (for example dodge ball or Simon says). Making the activity fun will encourage children to interact and keep active!
Nutrition is essential in providing children meals that are well balanced that include fresh vegetables and fruits and also be aware of food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Classroom allergy lists that identify the children and their allergens are necessary in all classrooms. All staff should be trained for any potential issues such as allergic reactions, first aid/ CPR and MAT training.

Strategies that teachers may use include:
Requiring parents (in centers) to provide health & immunization records that state any known allergies and action plans.
Requiring parents to provide information regarding special diets such as vegetarian, lactose-free or gluten-free.
Posting & keeping an updated allergy list that highlights any child with allergies to specific food products.
Posting a weekly or monthly menu in classrooms and/ or providing parents with a set menu at time of enrollment and any changes that may occur.

Resources for Teachers:

This website from the United States Department of Agriculture provides printable materials, graphics for teachers and Nutrition Tips.

This website provides printables, lesson plans, clip art and literature for the classroom.
To support family engagement in fostering
children's nutrition, teachers can share
activities for families such as:
Request a "family" recipe that the parents can make at home & share the recipe with the class.
Create a healthy snack idea for parents to make with their children like stringing fruit onto a plastic cord, a fruit salad or fruit pizza.
Send home a seedling or pack of seeds for the families to plant at home and document with photos.
Obstacles Teachers May Face:
Aside from food allergies that range
from mild to life-threatening, teachers
also deal with obstacles in the classroom
such as picky eaters or poor eating habits.
Plan of Action:
Introducing new food to children can be
tricky, but by encouraging them to try new foods can be exciting. Cooking with children will also allow children to help prepare meals and learn about new foods.
Resources for Teachers:

This website is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It has a search engine that parents & teachers can find topics from playground injuries, poison prevention, & National Safety month activities.

This website provides information about first aid/ CPR training, training courses for child care providers and links to other organizations.
Classroom safety as well as safety at home is important to teach children of all ages. Families can support classroom safety themes by doing fun activities at home. They may include:
"Home Rules" that everyone in the family should follow.
Send home a First Aid Teddy Bear that the child and their family must take care of. Send a mini backpack to include gauze, bandages, stickers, etc. for the family to pretend play.
Send home a printout or song about the importance of calling 911 in an emergency.
Teachers May Face:
Children may have behavioral issues
that are not being addressed at home.
Plan of Action:
Provide parents with documentation and
referrals to agencies such as ChildFind or Infant/ Toddler Connection. Keep pObstaclesarents up to speed on the child's development and have parent teacher conferences.
Groark, C., Song, L. (2012). Health and Nutrition of Children. San
Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.








By Samira Jouhar
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