Children’s Wellness and Safety ProgramsThese programs offer a range of age-appropriate, school-based lessons that encourage and empower children to develop healthy nutrition habits and vital safety skills that improve overall physical and social well-being. Each program can also be adapted for playgroups, summer camps, community centers and other out-of-school settings.
Preschool and Elementary SchoolI Can Eat a Rainbow* (ages 3-7)
A caterpillar puppet and an interactive storybook introduce young children to the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods that includes at least 5 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily. Students will also participate in a rainbow activity to help them group fruits and vegetables by color. Take home materials includes “Pick Your Plate” activity as well as a “Five a Day the Rainbow Way” tracking chart to encourage lifelong healthy eating. A parent letter and teacher resource list is also provided to reinforce these concepts. Up to 20 students, 30 minutes per class
Germaine the Germ Thing™ (ages 3-7)
Children learn how to prevent the spread of germs through effective hand washing. They will love seeing how germs spread as shown by our special GlitterBug® Potion.
Teddy Bear Clinic (ages 4-5)
Pre-kindergarten children will enjoy taking their favorite stuffed friends through a “check-up” as they learn what to expect at their own pre-kindergarten physicals. Immunization requirements for entering kindergarten will be included in take-home materials.
Fitopia is a fun, interactive program designed to teach kindergarteners the importance of proper nutrition and being physically active. Up to 20 students, 30 minutes per class
U 1st *(grade 1)
This classroom program teaches children the importance of taking care of themselves through home safety, bike and pedestrian safety, proper nutrition, and the importance of physical activity. Up to 25 students, 30-45 minutes per class
Get Your Fit On* (grade 2)
GYFO is a fun and interactive program introducing the importance of nutrition and exercise. The goal is to get students excited about their health and begin to make wise choices in their snack and meal preparation (including drinks), how to incorporate daily physical activity, and set family goals for continued success. Up to 20 students, 30-45 minutes per class
Body Safari* (grade 3)
This fun and interactive program takes students on an adventure through the body systems. Students will learn how our organs work together, as well as ways to keep their bodies healthy and safe. Life size organs will be used to discuss function and fun facts about the body. This program includes a fun take home activity book & brain eraser for the student, parent letter and teacher resource list. Up to 25 students, 1 hour per class
Mission Nutrition* (grade 4)
A race car themed program that teaches students how they can best “fuel” their bodies for a long and healthy life. Hands on activities will illustrate how to read and interpret food labels in making informed food choices. The class will conclude by playing a “Fuel up” game where students will apply all they have learned to “win at the race for life”. This program includes a take home student Fuel Up activity booklet, parent letter and teacher resource list. Up to 25 students, 1 hour per class
Mission U* (grade 5)
This class teaches students the importance of proper nutrition, daily physical activity, and having a healthy mind. Students will take an inside look at their circulatory and digestive system using a computerized model to help them understand how the importance of what they eat and daily exercise can affect their bodies. Up to 25 students, 1 hour per class
*Program lessons are designed to be taught one class at a time with up to 6 classes in one school day. We do ask that the classroom teacher stay with the students for the duration of the program class.
Elementary and Middle SchoolSafe Routes to School Program
Safe Routes to School Walk & Roll Safety Program is a comprehensive bike and pedestrian safety program offered to elementary and middle schools throughout Hillsborough County. Participating students learn the rules of the road through hands-on educational experiences including our traffic skills course and school assemblies.
For more information on our wellness and safety programs call the Children’s Wellness and Safety Center at (813) 615-0589.