The youngest generation, according to some, is in a bit of trouble. They're not as healthy as generations before them were when they were young. They're sitting more, not playing as much, and on top of that they're not treating themselves or one another with much respect. It has become more important than ever for fitness and character education to be a part of your school day.
In the US, we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic. It is so bad, in fact, that today's generation of kids could possibly be the first generation in history not to have a longer lifespan than their parents. Diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other health issues that come from being obese are becoming more common in younger and younger kids. For that reason, we have put together this list of resources for kids and teachers who want to change things. There is not much that is more important to know than how to stay physically healthy.
Food and Fitness for Kids - This guide will help you get all the nutrition you need to be fit.
Kidnetic - These games and activities should teach you all about fitness for kids.
Operation FitKids - The American Council on Exercise provides this great course to help you and other kids get nice and fit.
Let's Move! - This program from the US government has as its goal raising a healthier generation of kids.
Kids and Sports - Wondering what sports you're old enough to get into? Check out this guide.
Olympic-Themed Fitness for Kids - Here are some really great exercises that'll make you into a gold medalist… or just get you fit.
Let's Play Today - This program travels the country teaching kids how to get (and stay) fit.
Fitness for Kids - Here's some advice and programs from the US military. Get as fit as a soldier!
Fun Fitness Activities for Kids - Try out these fun activities and get some exercising without even realizing it.
FitKids123 - This site not only gives you great exercises, but they provide camps you can attend for fun and fitness.
Action for Healthy Kids - This program helps kids get fit, and helps them eat right in and out of school.
Kids Health and Fitness Apps - Track just how healthy you're becoming and learn some new activities by using these heart-healthy apps.
10 Fun Fitness Trends for Kids - From Crossfit to obstacle races, there is so much you can do to stay healthy and fit.
11 Facts about Fitness - Fitness is about more than just exercise. It's about knowledge. Learn all you need to know here.
Fit 2 Be Kids - This program will help you learn about your health and fitness.
We Can! - Learn how to eat right and exercise with this site and your teachers can take things from it as well.
Easy Elementary Exercises - Just because you're getting fit doesn't mean it can't be fun. Here are some easy and fun exercises to do.
BAM! Physical Activity - Get fit and learn about your body with this site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Physical Activity Facts - Here is a list of physical activity facts and statistics you can use to impress your friends… or at least your teachers.
As important as it is, physical health does not mean much if we have no character. Basically, why live healthy if you're not doing any good for yourself or others? That's where character education comes in. It's important to know how to treat yourself and others with respect and kindness, for without it you could live forever and it wouldn't matter.
Self-Esteem Exercises - Here are six self-esteem exercises to help you gain self-esteem.
Self-Esteem Worksheets - Teachers can use these for their classrooms to teach the importance of self-esteem and explain how to gain it.
Self-Esteem Toilet Paper Game - This game is a great icebreaker for students of all ages.
Self-Esteem and Character Building Games - These games make learning about self-esteem fun.
Extracurricular Activities - These seven extracurricular activities are great ways to build self-esteem while having fun with your friends.
100 Acts of Kindness - Not sure what to do to add some kindness to your community? Here are 100 ideas.
Teaching Children to Care - This article tells adults how to get kids to care about one another. What have you done that they could add?
Kindness for Kids - Project Kindness has plenty of projects you can get involved in to show kindness to others.
Develop Kindness - These twelve activities will give you plenty of opportunity to be kind to others.
52 Acts of Kindness - These acts of kindness are meant for you and your family to show some kindness to others.
The Great Kindness Challenge - Can your school get through the 50-item checklist of acts of kindness?
Kindness Books - These 25 books teach kindness, self-esteem, and more.
Kindness Lesson Plan - Show this to your teacher and they'll teach your class why kindness matters, and how you can show it to your classmates.
Teaching Kids Respect - This video gives parents tips on teaching their kids how to be respectful.
The National Child Project - "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they've never failed to imitate them." This article teaches adults how to set a good example.
Student Respect - "Respect: It Starts with You!" is a workshop meant to teach students to respect one another and themselves.
Tolerance Lesson Plan - Your teachers can use this lesson plan to teach the value of respect to their students.
Brush Up On Your Respect - Here is another lesson plan to help your teachers teach respect in the classroom.
Teaching Respect for Adults - Respecting adults is supposedly less common nowadays. Here's a lesson plan to change that.
Teaching Empathy - This course teaches kids how to feel some empathy for one another.