Back to School Bucket List

Back-to-school time is right around the corner. The new school year is a time of transition. It often feels like a new beginning, much like New Year’s in January.

This is the perfect time to build a bucket list. A Healthy Bucket List, that is!

Our Healthy Bucket List poster helps your students or clients choose goals to create their own Healthy Bucket List using simple changes that have a big impact over time. Here are some teaching tips to go along with it:

  • In the classroom:
    • Let the class vote on which Healthy Bucket List goals they want to work on each week, month, or year.
    • Have kids of all ages create their own version of the Healthy Bucket List using markers, crayons, pictures cut out of magazines, etc. (Adults would enjoy this activity, too!)
  • On social media:
    • Introduce the Healthy Bucket List concept and ask followers to build and share their own list.
    • Post about your own Healthy Bucket List goal – what you’re going to do and how it turns out.
  • In the office:
    • Display the poster in your waiting room so clients can ponder the simple goals that add up to a healthier life.
    • Let clients vote by putting small sticky notes on the items they plan to add to their bucket lists.

By Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD

Fill Your Bucket with Healthy Goals

Help your students or clients kick off the new year with a healthy bucket list.

Use our Healthy Bucket List poster to get people thinking about the goals they want to work on over the course of a week, a month, a semester, or a year.

What are the benefits of our healthy bucket list concept?

  • Bucket lists are much more positive than new year’s resolutions.
  • Bucket list items focus on small changes that add up over time.
  • Bucket list goals are SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.
  • Bucket lists can be personalized – students or clients can choose how many goals as well as the time-frame.
  • Bucket lists are fun to share on social media.
  • Bucket lists are perfect for a class (touch on each item briefly) or series of classes (concentrate on one at a time).
  • Bucket lists can be created any time of year!

By Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD

Introducing the Healthy Bucket List

It’s February … time to ask your clients how those new year’s resolutions are going. If they’re like most of us, it’s probably not good. This is the perfect time to introduce them to the Healthy Bucket List!

People love bucket lists. Our new Healthy Bucket List poster introduces 12 small goals that can add up to big changes over time. Things like learning to read a food label, making a salad, drinking water, and eating a healthy breakfast.

Our Healthy Bucket List goals align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate, so you know they’re based on sound nutrition advice for a healthy lifestyle.

Here are six simple ways to use the Healthy Bucket List in classes, individual counseling sessions, health fairs, and more:

  1. #HealthyBucketList Challenge: Start a social media challenge by asking friends and followers to complete one of our Healthy Bucket List goals every week or month and post updates about their progress using #HealthyBucketList or another tag you come up with.
  2. Family Bucket List & Chat: Get the family together and come up with a family healthy bucket list. Set up a family group chat to remind each other of your goals and to share pictures when you accomplish a bucket list item. You could also do this with co-workers or groups of two or more friends.
  3. Take-Home Bucket List: For young children, talk to them about healthy foods. Then give each student a paper with a drawing of a bucket (see below for ‘how to draw a bucket’ links, or use clipart). Have the kids draw pictures of the healthy foods they want to eat at home. Now they have a cute bucket list to take home to show their family.
  4. Bucket List Display: Use the Healthy Bucket List poster at a health fair. Ask people to look over the list and tell you which goals they’ve already achieved (maybe give out a sticker for each one). Then have them choose a goal or two to work on, and talk about how they can get started.
  5. DIY Healthy Bucket List: Hold a class to help people make their own Healthy Bucket List. You could do a traditional class or get social and do it via Facebook Live. (Never done Facebook Live? Put it on YOUR bucket list!)
  6. Healthy Bucket List Series: Hold a series of classes focusing on our Healthy Bucket List goals. Or integrate the bucket list concept into classes and counseling that you’re already doing.

For instructions on how to draw a simple bucket, click here or here.