Get the school year off to a healthy start with the Healthy Habit Wheel!
The Healthy Habit Wheel poster features four healthy habits for each category: Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Food & Drink, and Exercise. While the poster is geared to students, the habits apply to adults as well.
Here are some teaching tips to go along with the Healthy Habit Wheel:
- The 12 habits make perfect SMART goals. Let students decide how they will track their habits over the course of a week, a month, or a semester.
- The wheel concept reflects the idea that you’re never done with making healthy choices. The wheel keeps on turning!
- You don’t need to tackle all 12 habits at once. In fact, that would be quite overwhelming! Students can master a habit and move to another one.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone has habits that come easy to them, and everyone has habits they need to work on.
- Personalize your Healthy Habit Wheel with other goals that are important to you.
Keep the Healthy Habit Wheel rolling in the right direction, culminating in good health for a lifetime!
Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD
We all know that healthy students are better learners. Healthy habits continue to pay off over the long term as kids grow up.
Our new Healthy Habit Wheel poster features habits in three categories — lifestyle, diet, and exercise — all centered on the Dietary Guidelines and the Physical Activity Guidelines.
Here are some ways to use the Healthy Habit Wheel with students in the classroom:
- Healthy Habit of the Week: The class works on one habit per week. Start the week off with a brainstorm session on how to achieve the habit. End the week with students reporting on how they did.
- Healthy Habit Thought Box: On a slip of paper, students write a sentence or two telling how they practiced a healthy habit (like drinking water at lunch instead of soda), then put it in a special box or basket. When the teacher has a few extra minutes during the day, they can pull out some entries to share with the class.
- Healthy Habit Inventory: Have students check off the habits they already do. Then they can design their own wheel with the habits they need to work on.
- Healthy Habit Journal: Students have a special notebook or document where they write about their journey around the Healthy Habit Wheel.
- Healthy Habit Expo: Break students up into small groups. Each group researches a habit, then presents their findings to the rest of the class.
Hollis Bass, MEd, RD, LD