The second edition of Planet Health: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Teaching Middle School Nutrition and Physical Activity offers an innovative approach to teaching health education. You can use this proven, evidence-based curriculum to teach students about nutrition and physical activity while helping them build skills and competencies in language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education. The curriculum is designed for use by teachers in core academic areas as well as in physical education and health.
This new edition includes revised nutrition and physical activity information, ensuring that you’re equipped with the most up-to-date science. The book also includes an all-new CD-ROM with plenty of reproducible worksheets, parent information and newsletters, school health resources, and other teacher resource materials. Like the popular first edition, Planet Health provides
- 35 complete, ready-to-use lesson plans and 31 microunits that promote healthy nutrition and activity;
- materials and instructions to implement Power Down, a two-week campaign to reduce television and other media viewing time, which you can launch in the classroom or school-wide; and
- FitCheck, a self-assessment tool to help students track and improve their activity levels.
In addition, the book includes access to a Web site, www.planet-health.org, which features a teacher training PowerPoint presentation, a Planet Heath FAQ, and more. Planet Health, Second Edition, encourages students to think holistically about how health behaviors are interrelated, and it offers a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. With this approach, you can build on your students’ knowledge and experiences to create an active, inquiry-based, student-centered learning environment—one in which students learn best as they construct meaning for themselves.
Developed by educators and scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health, Planet Health, Second Edition, is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks (learning standards) for health, language arts, math, science and technology, and history and social science, and it meets the standards in many other states. Every Planet Health lesson incorporates a range of language arts learning standards and engages students through discussion ideas for small or large groups in which they cooperatively learn and solve health-related issues. Active discussions are used to encourage higher-level thinking and cognition, and peer-group work fosters social development.
This new edition of Planet Health is the perfect antidote to kids’ inactivity, poor food choices, and high levels of screen-viewing time. Acquiring good habits regarding nutrition and physical activity in adolescence often carries over into adulthood. Help your students develop good habits now with Planet Health, Second Edition, and they’ll have a better chance of growing into healthy adults.
About the Author
Jill Carter, MA, EdM, is wellness coordinator for Boston Public Schools. For the past 10 years, she has worked on curriculum development, implementation, training, and research of school-based nutrition and physical activity programs. From 1996 to 1997 she was the curriculum development coordinator for the School-Based Wellness Initiative in the department of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health. Ms. Carter’s years of experience as a high school and middle school science teacher provided her with the experience to design a curriculum that encourages active, inquiry-based learning across multiple disciplines. She earned her master of education degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University and her master of arts degree in exercise physiology from the University of Iowa.
Jean Wiecha, PhD, is a senior research scientist for the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wiecha’s research focuses on improving children’s nutrition and physical activity habits. She has been working in the field for over 20 years and has published numerous studies on child nutrition and prevention of obesity. From 1994 to 1997, as a project director for the School-Based Wellness Initiative in the department of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health, she managed the federal research grant to develop, implement, and evaluate Planet Health. Dr. Wiecha earned her doctoral and master of science degrees in human nutrition from Tufts University.
Karen E. Peterson, ScD, is an associate professor of nutrition in the departments of nutrition and of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health. As director of public health nutrition, she oversees a program of translational research and graduate training focused on solving nutrition-related public health problems through leadership, innovation, and partnership. She draws from 15 years of experience counseling and administering nutrition services for children in clinical, community, and state health care settings. Dr. Peterson was coprincipal investigator of the Planet Health intervention trial. She earned her doctorate in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Suzanne Nobrega, MS, is an independent project consultant in health communications and is project manager for a worksite health promotion intervention study. Both her master of science and bachelor of science degrees are in nutritional science, and she has over 15 years of experience in program management and materials development for health promotion programs aimed at children and families.
Steven L. Gortmaker, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the department of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health and principal investigator and director of the Harvard Research Prevention Center. He was also principal investigator of the Planet Health intervention trial. For the past 20 years, he has researched and practiced in the areas of children’s nutrition and physical activity and has published more than 80 research articles. He was involved in early studies to document the increase of obesity in young people and television viewing as a cause of obesity. He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Table of Contents
A Letter to Teachers
How to Use the CD-ROM
Section 1. Implementing Planet Health in Your School
About the Curriculum
Middle School Planner
Section 2. Classroom Lessons
Components of the Classroom Curriculum
Incorporating Planet Health Into Your Curriculum
Making Every Lesson a Literacy-Rich Experience
Part I. Introductory Classes for Students
Lesson 1 Do You Make Space for Fitness and Nutrition?
Lesson 2 Power Down: Charting Screen Time
Part II. Language Arts
Lesson 3 Food Power
Lesson 4 Carbohydrate: Energy Food
Lesson 5 The Language of Food
Lesson 6 Keep It Local
Lesson 7 Write a Fable: Important Messages About Activity
Lesson 8 Go for the Goal
Lesson 9 Lifetime Physical Activities: Research One, Describe One, Try One!
Lesson 10 Choosing Healthy Foods
Part III. Math
Lesson 11 Problem Solving: Making Healthy Choices
Lesson 12 Figuring Out Fat
Lesson 13 Looking for Patterns: What’s for Lunch?
Lesson 14 Apples, Oranges, and Zucchini: An Algebra Party
Lesson 15 Plotting Coordinate Graphs: What Does Your Day Look Like?
Lesson 16 Survey the Class
Lesson 17 Circle Graphs: Where Did the Day Go?
Lesson 18 Energy Equations
Part IV. Science
Lesson 19 Passing the Sugar
Lesson 20 Mighty Minerals: Calcium and Iron
Lesson 21 Fat Functions
Lesson 22 Smart Snacks
Lesson 23 The Plants We Eat
Lesson 24 Foods for Energy
Lesson 25 Muscle Mysteries
Lesson 26 The Human Heart
Lesson 27 How Far Can You Jump?
Part V. Social Studies
Lesson 28 Food Through the Ages
Lesson 29 Democracy and Diet
Lesson 30 Global Foods
Lesson 31 Around the World With Five a Day
Lesson 32 Map Maker
Lesson 33 Free to Be Fit
Lesson 34 Impact of Technology
Lesson 35 Food Rituals and Society
Section 3. Physical Education Microunits
Teacher Introduction to the Microunits
Student Introduction to the Microunits
Part VI. Introducing Exercise and Fitness
PE Microunit 1 Thinking About Activity, Exercise, and Fitness
PE Microunit 2 Warm Up Before You Exercise
PE Microunit 3 Cool Down After You Exercise
Part VII. FitCheck
Teacher’s Guide to FitCheck
Introduction to FitCheck
PE Microunit 4 Charting Your FitScore, Fit Score, and SitScore
PE Microunit 5 What Could You Do Instead of Watching TV?
PE Microunit 6 Making Time to Stay Fit
PE Microunit 7 Setting Goals for Personal Fitness
Part VIII. Getting Started
PE Microunit 8 Let’s Get Started on Being Fit
PE Microunit 9 More About the Three Areas of Physical Fitness
PE Microunit 10 Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type
PE Microunit 11 Choose Activities You Think Are Fun
PE Microunit 12 How Often Should I Exercise?
Part IX. Improving Fitness
PE Microunit 13 Improving Cardiorespiratory Endurance
PE Microunit 14 Improving Muscular Strength
PE Microunit 15 Improving Flexibility
Part X. Measuring Fitness
PE Microunit 16 Improving Your Overall Physical Fitness Levels
PE Microunit 17 Knowing Your Resting Heart Rate
PE Microunit 18 Exercise Makes Your Heart Beat Faster
Part XI. Be Active Now!
PE Microunit 19 Be Active Now for a Healthy Heart Later
PE 20 Microunit Be Active Now for Healthy Bones Later
PE 21 Microunit Be Active Now to Stay in Shape
Part XII. Get Ready to Exercise
PE Microunit 22 Energy for Exercise
PE Microunit 23 Weather and Exercise
PE Microunit 24 Getting Enough to Drink
PE Microunit 25 Food and Supplement Myths
Part XIII. Fitness Is Fun!
PE Microunit 26 Dance for Fitness
PE Microunit 27 Calisthenics
PE Microunit 28 Running, Jogging, and Fitness Walking
PE Microunit 29 Swimming
PE Microunit 30 Cycling
PE Microunit 31 Yoga
Appendix A Nutrition Resources
Appendix B Physical Activity Resources
Appendix C Television Viewing and Other Screen Time Resources
Appendix D Social Studies Resources
Appendix E Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
About the Authors
A resource for middle school language arts, math, science, social studies, health and physical education teachers; health and physical education directors, supervisors, chairs and administrators; and university faculty who teach physical education or health.