Children's Health and Nutrition Grassroots Education (C.H.A.N.G.E.)
The message of personal responsibility for health and wellness is not reaching the youngest members of our society in a meaningful way. With an estimated 40% of school-aged children already having at least one risk factor for heart disease, including obesity, high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, the time for change is now!
At The Wellspring Organization, we’ve created programs that help children acquire an understanding of health concepts and the skills needed to apply them in making healthy decisions to improve, sustain, and promote personal, family, and community health. Our ultimate goal is to teach children key health concepts and skills needed to facilitate the formation of healthy behaviors and practices.
Children’s Health and Nutrition Grassroots Education
C.H.A.N.G.E. is a series of classes designed to help students understand how to achieve and maintain good health for a lifetime. Through instruction,
demonstration and participation, children will:
•Demonstrate an understanding of behaviors that reduce health risks and enhance health;
•Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and use health information to positively influence health;
•Demonstrate the appropriate use of health practices and behaviors;
•Advocate for ways to promote health among their peers, families and in their communities.
The C.H.A.N.G.E. Programs
The C.H.A.N.G.E. 1-4 program is designed for children in grades 1 through 4. This series focuses on helping children understand how their decisions can impact their health and wellness now and in the future. Students begin to relate choices with consequences. Students will:
• examine the relationship between good health and making good decisions about nutrition, exercise and healthy behaviors;
• examine the relationship between food and health;
• learn to demonstrate responsible personal behavior through a comparison of healthy and unhealthy practices;
• learn about outside influences on health (media, technology) and demonstrate how to use that information to improve health;
• examine cultural customs and traditions as they relate to health and wellness.
The C.H.A.N.G.E. 5-8 program is designed for children in grades 5 through 8. Students will examine the relationship between health promotion and disease prevention as it relates to nutrition and lifestyle behaviors; Through instruction, demonstration and participation students will:
• understand the importance of exercise and be introduced to a variety of types of exercise;
• demonstrate an understanding of stress – what it is, its sources, how it affects different body systems, how it Influences health;
• learn strategies for managing and avoiding stress;
• gain an understanding of how media and technology influence their opinions about healthy lifestyles and behaviors;
• learn the value of being an advocate for health among their peers, in their families and in their communities.
The C.H.A.N.G.E. 9-12 program is designed for children in grades 9 through12. Students will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the issues associated with maintaining good personal health, and learn to see themselves as having an active role in creating a healthy lifestyle for themselves as individuals, for their families, and for the larger community. Through instruction, demonstration and participation students will:
• develop short- and long-term personal health and fitness goals that are achievable and purposeful
• demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and emotional and physical health
• apply health knowledge and skills to the establishment and maintenance of health habits that promote personal wellness
• analyze and evaluate the relationships among healthy behaviors, disease prevention and control, and comprehensive wellness, and in doing so, will recognize the value of proper nutrition, rest, and regular activity
• evaluate the benefits of collaboration in relation to community health and wellness initiatives by developing a school and community health programs for citizens of all ages
• analyze, synthesize, and evaluate family health habits and behaviors as they relate to promotion of health and wellness
• will synthesize and evaluate available marketing and advertising information and techniques used to promote health and wellness for the value and potential impact on his/her health and wellness.