The purpose of this unit is to reflect on how we can respect and take care of our bodies, including eating nutrient-dense food, practicing basic hygiene, regularly exercising, getting enough quality sleep, and regulating stress. Physical well-being impacts all other areas of students’ lives.
Our bodies are amazing and deserve to be treated with respect by ourselves and others. Developing healthy physical habits can help us feel our best now and in the future.
Doctors and nutritionists recommend that children eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy to get their essential nutrients. Too much sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, and salt can increase the risk of developing certain health conditions later in life and impact how children feel day to day. Our bodies also feel their best and stay healthier when we practice daily hygiene habits and exercise regularly. Everything from playing sports to taking a walk or riding your bike counts. Move every day!
Some stress is part of life, but too much stress can be bad for our overall health.
Self-care practices such as mindful breathing, stretching, positive self-talk, and quality sleep can greatly help. Good physical health helps us feel our best.