Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness at Briar Vista

Briar Vista is committed to a healthy and balanced environment for our children. From healthy food, to exercise, to clean products we are dedicated to a spirit of wellness. Here are just a few websites that we recommend. Want to get in on the conversation? Email us with suggestions at any time!

Physical Activiy in the Classroom

Physical Activities Research
  • Go Noodle

Ideas from the Go Noodle team for movement during recess or breaks

blog.gonoodle.com

  • Go Noodle App

For use in the classroom

www.gonoodle.com

  • Spark Life

Powering Your Brain Through Exercise

www.sparkinglife.org

  • ABC For Fitness

Three ten minute bursts of activity throughout the day

www.davidkatzmd.com

  • Fuel Up to Play

school.fueluptoplay60.com

  • Study showing links between increased physical activity and better brain function (i.e. learning!)

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Chapter%201%20-%20Introduction.pdf

  • Ways to increase physical activity in children

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Chapter%202%20-%20Wojcicki.pdf

  • More research on how important physical activity is for children’s cognitive development

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/files/Articles/Hillman_2015_The_relationship_of_health_behaviors.pdf

  • Many more studies on the importance of physical activity to learning

http://kch.illinois.edu/Research/Labs/neurocognitive-kinesiology/publications.html

Healthy Snacks & Lunches

General Nutrition
  • Healthy Snack Ideas

www.thepaleomom.com/2012/05/kid-snacks.html

  • More Snack Ideas

www.nomnompaleo.com

  • Vegetarian Snack Ideas

www.nomeatathlete.com/vegetarian-snacks/

  • Nutrition Detectives

www.davidkatzmd.com/nutritiondetectives

  • Chef Ann/ Lunch rooms

www.chefannfoundation.org

Healthy Classroom Celebrations

Gardens
  • Briar Vista’s Garden Helpers

www.foodcorps.org/

  • Briar Vista’s Garden Grant

http://captainplanetfoundation.org/

  • Ideas for Parents for Alternative Non-food Classroom Celebrations

www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/constructive_rewards.pdf

General Wellness

Mental Health
  • Positive Psychology in the Classroom

Research Study

http://portal.idc.ac.il/en/main/research/maytiv/documents/on%20line%20paper-%20positive%20psychology%20at%20school.pdf

  • The Case for Positive Education in the Classroom

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/news/the-case-for-positive-education

  • The CDC’s Tips for Teachers

www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/pdf/Tips_for_Teachers_TAG508.pdf

State & Private Programs for Helping Schools
  • Georgia Safe Routes to School

Sponsor of the Walk to School Days

www.saferoutesga.org

  • DeKalb County’s Wellness Program

http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/school-nutrition/wellness-program

  • Let’s Move

http://www.letsmove.gov/healthy-schools

  • Food Fight

helping schools with better food choices

http://foodfight.org

  • Alliance for a Healthier Generation

www.healthiergeneration.org