Brain breaks are designed to be short 3-5 minute breaks from sitting and can be used to energize a group or to calm them before a test, before or after lunch, at the end of the day or anytime when focus and concentration have waned. Physical movement increases blood flow bringing more oxygen to the brain and leads to improved concentration and memory skills. Check out the great resources on this page to help your students stay at the top of their learning game.
Healthy Non-Food Rewards
Rewards happen at many levels across a school. Teachers, administrators and parent groups offer rewards to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments. The goal of rewarding students is to help them internalize desirable behaviors and create
motivation for learning that comes from inside. The most effective rewards fit naturally into the context and mission of
the school community and should promote healthy living as a desired value of the community.
Healthy Classroom Celebrations
Birthdays, celebrations and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages and create excitement around nutritious choices at school. Plan events that emphasize healthy foods and align with classroom lessons or shift the focus and plan non-food events centered on physical activity, music, art and games. Host events that make it easy for children to practice making healthy choices.