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Eat Well & Keep Moving

Eat Well & Keep Moving: An Interdisciplinary Elementary Curriculum for Nutrition and Physical Activity is an educational program for 4th and 5th grade students. The program combines six elements to help children learn lifelong healthy habits. Those elements are: classroom education, physical education, school-wide promotional campaigns, food service, staff wellness, and parent and community involvement.

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Participants in Eat Well & Keep Moving will learn the principles of healthy living, including:

  • Switch from sugary drinks to water and limit foods with added sugar.
  • Eat colorful fruits and vegetables instead of junk food.
  • Eat whole-grain foods and foods with healthy fats; limit foods high in saturated fat.
  • Be physically active every day for at least an hour and get enough sleep.

Space and time requirements

This program consists of 7 classroom lessons for each grade, each lasting about 45-60 minutes. Where possible, lessons are taught in conjunction with physical education instructors, who hold additional, 30-minute sessions. Sessions can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants, and within reason to fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.

More information

Eat Well & Keep Moving is an award-winning, evidence-based program that has been implemented in all 50 states and in more than 20 countries. The program began as a joint research project between the Harvard School of Public Health (presently the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Baltimore Public Schools.

To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, contact the SNAP-Ed team.

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