Activities and Tools

Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity


Tools to help schools implement policies and practices to promote healthy choices and behaviors among children and adolescents.

Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual (PDF | 25.70 MB)

Kansas Department of Education.

8 child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.

Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (PDF | 7.3 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.

Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy

North Carolina Cooperative Extension; North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Healthy eating and exercise program for 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent newsletters (in English and Spanish) can be viewed online. A teachers guide, posters, picture cards, and more can be ordered from the developer.

Motion Moments Videos

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.

Free online videos that show simple ways to weave physical activity into early care and education programs in either a child care center or family child care home. Includes three videos, one each for infant movement, toddler movement, and preschooler movement.

Get Moving Today Activity Calendar (PDF | 2.4 MB)

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Twelve month calendar gives a movement activity suggestion for each day of the year.

Rainy Day Physical Activity Ideas (PDF | 200 KB)

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Child care providers can use these ideas to help children in their care to be physically active indoors. From the Caregivers Promoting Health Habits program.

Go Smart Activities

National Head Start Association.

Go Smart offers accessible resources and activities for incorporating physical activity into the everyday play of young children. Contains instructions for developmentally-appropriate games and activities that caregivers can use to enhance children’s development through fun, engaging, and meaningful physical activity. Activities can be accessed online and also through an interactive mobile web app.

MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children (PDF | 1.70 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education; 2009.

Intended as a teacher resource in the early childhood classroom, the kit of lessons on nutrition and physical activity is most appropriate for use with children ages three to five.

No- to Low-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting

Team Nutrition Iowa.

This card set provides fun and interactive physical activities for young children that can be done without costly equipment.

Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings

New York State Department of Health.

This ten-module curriculum is intended for use by individuals with a background in nutrition education. Each module was designed for three- and four-year olds and their parents.

Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Programs (PDF | 7.06 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa; 2012.

Set of cards that supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines by providing healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested children’s books to incorporate into nutrition education lessons.

Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit (PDF | 8.1 MB)

Sesame Workshop. Nemours Health and Prevention Services.

Nutrition and physical activity lessons designed to fit in with existing routines in the child care setting, as well as suggestions for families to continue healthy habits at home.

Let’s Go! Childcare Toolkit

Maine Medical Center. The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Let's Go Program.

Toolkit for implementing the “5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care” program aimed at increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the child care environment.