Physical Fitness/Nutrition

Body Works
Body Works is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of young adolescent girls (“tweens”) improve family eating and activity habits.  The program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.  It uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the Body Works Toolkit.  Nutrition, Physical Activity; Girls age 9 to 13 years; No cost.  Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science, Office on Women’s Health. Read More

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Youth Physical Activity Guidelines and Toolkit. Read More

Cooking with Kids, Inc.
“Cooking with Kids” engages elementary school children in hands-on learning with fresh, affordable foods from diverse cultures. Students are encouraged to explore many varieties of foods using all of their senses, to have fun, and to exercise choice.  “Cooking with Kids” invites parent and volunteer participation to teach nutrition standards and food safety while preparing food. The children get to sample tomatoes, wheat, corn, nuts and other foods. Nutrition - Linked to NM Standards and Benchmarks. Read More

Dairy Council of CA - Kids Games & Activities
Free online learning games about nutrition and healthy eating. Whether at home or school, our interactive games and tools will teach children and teens about healthy eating, exercise and where their food comes from. These online games are not only fun, but parents and teachers like them because they are educational too!  Read More

Empowering Youth
Empowering Youth is a manual for use in after school programs and classrooms with youth 11-18 years old. It contains current nutrition and physical activity information to enhance leader knowledge; fun, hands-on activities that teach nutrition concepts; ideas to include nutrition education and physical activity into youth programs and events; resources to help youth develop a nutrition or physical activity related community project; tips, worksheets, handouts, discussion prompters and more!  Best Practice.  Nutrition, Physical Activity; 11-18 years; Available free online and upon request from Team Nutrition. Visit their website.

Get Active – Be Healthy Afterschool Tool Kit
The Afterschool Alliance has teamed up with Quaker® Oats to create the "Get Active: Be Healthy Afterschool Toolkit". The guide provides creative, easy-to-implement ideas for incorporating health and wellness into your afterschool program, including lesson plans, activities and games.

HIP to BE Fit ® SNACK (Student Nutrition Activity Curriculum for Kids)
Hip to Be Fit ®  SNACK classes, curriculum and materials provide simple and fun exercises and games. Tied to NM State standards and student achievement, the curriculum is designed to get kids moving and having fun while simultaneously teaching them about good nutrition.  Promising Practice.  Nutrition, Physical Activity- Linked to NM Standards and Benchmarks.  3rd-6th Grade.  Free within New Mexico.  Read More

Indian Health Services - Physical Activity Kit (PAK)
The PAK is based on best and promising practices to increase physical activity. The PAK toolkit can be used in schools, communities, worksites, Head Start programs, elderly centers, and youth programs. The Goal of the PAK is to increase the time American Indians and Alaskan Natives spend in medium to high physical activity for all ages across the lifespan. While, the activities have been field tested to be culturally appropriate for Native communities, others might find PAK useful in their community.  Read More

Great website for information on a variety of health issues for parents, kids and teens. Printable material and activities can also be used in afterschool. Read More

My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating for Young Women. Health Resources and Services Administration (2013).
This program is designed to encourage better health among women across their lifespan.  There are specifically designed physical activity and healthy eating tools to address the needs of adolescent girls.  The goals of these tools are to increase adolescent girls use of preventive services, empower them to share in health care decision-making, and encourage them to practice daily prevention through physical activity and healthy eating.  Nutrition and Physical Activity; Girls age 12- 18 years; Free. Download PDF

New Nutrition & Physical Activity Resource Guide
The New Mexico Healthier Weight Council (HWC) Education Systems Advisory Group is pleased to announce the release of a new tool, “Physical Activity and Nutrition Resource Kit” for New Mexico Schools and Communities. This resource kit was developed by a collaborative group of public and private partners working together to improve the health and quality of life for New Mexicans.  

Food and Nutrition Center: Dietary Guidelines for Americans: 2015-2020.  Read more



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