Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources

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The Aspen Institute: Being Active and Exposure to Green Spaces Increases Brain Health

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development has released the The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development . The publication explores how emotions and relationships drive learning and are a fundamental part of how our brains develop. The human brain can evolve, adapt, and form new neural networks based on learned experiences and relationships.

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OST Fosters Positive Environment for Children’s Health

Active and engaged learning benefits can happen beyond the regular school day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Out-of-School Time (OST) enhances children’s well-being and academic achievement by providing an additional safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and play. Visit the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model to learn more. 

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“Grow It, Try It, Like It!” Nutrition Education Kit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced the release of their “Grow It, Try It, Like It” Nutrition Education Kit for Child and Adult Care Food Program providers to use to educate kids on healthy nutritional habits through interactive activities. With seven booklets filled with hands-on lesson plans about fruits and vegetables, this kit incorporates MyPlate and can be used by program providers as well as families to introduce children to nutrition education.