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Outsmarting the Smart Screens

OutsmartingSmartScreenGraphicWe frequently hear from parents about the challenges of limiting the amount of time children spend in front of the television, computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets. Technology can be educational and fun. But, children are spending more and more time in front of all these different screens. Too much exposure can have a negative effect on their eating habits, schoolwork, and sleep. Healthy kids need healthy limits on their screen time.


Outsmarting the Smart Screens: A Parent’s Guide to the Tools that are Here to Help shares a few creative tips we’ve heard from parents about this issue, and guides parents through some tools that may be useful when you want help turning the screens off completely.

– Lockwork is an easy-to-use mobile phone app that allows you to set restrictions on how long your child can use their phone each day. You can also set up the phone to be locked during specific hours. During locked times, your child cannot use their phone except to call an emergency number or one of the contacts you’ve added.

Planet Health

PH boy2 (ph_boy_2.jpg)An interdisciplinary curriculum focused on improving the health and well-being of sixth through eighth grade students, while building and reinforcing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education.


– Parent Information: Families are an important component of students’ environment and role models for nutritional and physical activity choices. There are a number of lessons in Planet Health that provide opportunities for input from and conversations with the parents and other family members of students. Read more about Connecting Parents and Families through Planet Health.

– Sample Newsletter Articles: Apple a DayGet MovingChoose Healthy FatGo for Whole GrainTune Out TVBe Sugar SmartHealthy Snacks

Eat Well & Keep Moving

ewkm girl_2 (ewkm_girl_2.jpg)A school-based program to equip fourth and fifth grade students with the knowledge, skills, and supportive environment they need in order to lead healthier lives by choosing nutritious diets and being physically active.


– Parent Information
– Sample Parent Newsletter Articles: Fat in FoodsFruits and VeggiesKeep Moving!Stay CoolBe Sugar SmartSuper SnacksTune Out the TVWhole Grains

Food & Fun & Family

Food Fun FamilyLearning healthy behaviors begins at home. As a parent or guardian, you have the greatest influence over the foods your child eats and the activities that they do when out of school. The goal of Food, Fun & Family is to help busy parents provide a healthier home environment for their children.


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– Parent Handouts: Fruits and VeggiesActivate Your FamilyWhole GrainsHealthy FatsSuper SnacksHydrationTake Control of TVSleep