In these unprecedented and troubling times we must remain strong. It is important that we have an open mind as we must adapt to remote learning during this pandemic for the safety of our children. We thank you for your support during this time and will help in any way that we can.
For Physical Education, I would recommend that your child gets at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. Some examples include running, biking, walking, jumping rope, performing body weight exercises (push-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups, planks, etc.), shooting basketball in the driveway, playing catch in the yard, dancing and doing yoga. The possibilities are endless and you can be creative! Please inform your children of how to safely follow the social distancing recommended by the government (at least 6 feet away from other people and do not touch things that others touch). Allow your child to have some choice in the activity, so that it is something that will excite your child to get moving!
I would recommend making a checklist for each day, so that your child can track his or her progress. In addition, you can challenge your child to a fitness goal (for example: setting a new personal best for push-ups in a row). The last thing we want is for our children to be sitting in front of the TV all day! Exercising and being outside improves cardiovascular health, brain function, mental health, emotional well-being, and even your immune system!
For Health Education, have your children help you at meal times. Explain to your children the health benefits of the foods they will be eating. A healthy diet is largely made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes. Allow children to read food labels, so that they can analyze nutrition facts and ingredients. This will allow them to understand a food's nutritional value. Some things to watch out for are high levels of added sugar, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. Some ingredients to avoid are high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils. Some healthful ingredients are complex carbohydrates, fiber, unsaturated fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Typically a food with less ingredients will be healthier than a food with multiple ingredients (especially if you don't know what they are).
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you would like any advice on physical activity to suit your situation or have questions on food labels. This is a great opportunity to be a healthy role model for your child! Stay safe everyone!
Vince Fadale Physical and Health Education Teacher Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School