Combining Knowledge, Motivation, and Behavior for a Healthy Life!

Have you noticed how many young actors today are super fit and strong — both mentally and physically? Take the latest Star Wars movie: Could you have walked up all those stairs? (My husband said he would have parked the Millennium Falcon spacecraft at the top of the mountain!).

So many kids admire Katniss from The Hunger Games, not only for her physical strength, but also for her bravery, her kindness, and her impressive confidence and determination.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could look back and say that you’ve had a consistently healthy lifestyle since you were a teenager; or that you’ve been as healthy mentally and physically as a Jedi Knight since the age of 12? My passion in education is to help elementary and secondary students learn the skills — and embrace the motivation —  to be healthy for life.

But, being healthy takes a unique combination of knowing health facts, and then actually incorporating those facts into behaviors that shape your lifestyle.

For instance, a teen might learn how many hours of sleep he or she should get each night (it’s 9.25), but that head knowledge has little benefit unless the teen actually changes his or her behavior and tries to get those 9.25 hours of sleep! Likewise, as adults we may know the benefits of exercise, but that doesn’t help us if we are sitting in front of the T.V. with a bag of chips!


I’ve created a free resource to help you teach your students how to:

1) TALK THE TALK: Learn how to be healthy Get the knowledge.

2) TALK THE WALK: Encourage yourself to talk the walk Get Motivated!

3) WALK THE WALK: Take the first steps and do it!

I’m was so excited to be asked to write this blog post, and I thought right away that I wanted to give teachers a resource that would help them share healthy activities with their students. So, I put together 10 FREE Health activities to help you teach and motivate your students to be healthy!

Included are five free Health Task Cards for 3rd–5th graders, and five free Healthy Activities for 6th–12th graders, all of which meet the National Health Standards, and Learning Targets.

2Mental Health: Life is 10% what happens and 90% how I react to it… we are in charge of our attitudes.– Chuck Swindoll

  • Positive Talk3rd-5th graders will create a “Put a Lid on Stress” suitcases and learn how to relieve stress with “Time Out,” “Work Out,” and “Reach Out.”
  • 6th-12th graders will follow a PowerPoint lesson on “The Power of Positive Self-Talk.”



Emotional Health: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” –Audrey Hepburn

  • 3rd-5th graders create Anger Cartoons to practice staying calm in the heat of the moment. An Emotional Health Worksheet is also included.
  • 6th-12th graders learn the difference between being “assertive” or “aggressive” and an optional follow-up poster project.



BeAssertiveSocial Health: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”

  • 3rd-5th graders choose eight traits of being a good friend and make “Friendship Wheels.”
  • 6th-12th graders complete a “Say ‘No’ Peer Pressure” Activity where they practice saying “no” in various situations.


1Parent_TeenSpiritual Health: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich

  • Practice being empathetic with 3rd-5th graders in a number of real-life scenarios.
  • Take a “Values Survey” and be challenged in a follow-up lesson to live by your values with your 6th-12th graders.  A “Values Parent-Teen Communicator” homework assignment is also included.


2TennisShoePhysical Health: “Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel!” – Kevin Trudeau

  • 3rd-5th graders will learn which foods give us energy, and then they’ll create an “Interactive Carbohydrate/Protein/Good Fats Tennis Shoe!”
  • 6th-12th graders will be shocked to find out how many miles they’ll need to walk or jog to burn the off calories of specific foods!

Calories of Common Foods


Mrs S's Health and PE ResourcesKarol Steele is a National Board Certified Health teacher. She is also a certified Health, Physical Education, and Language Arts teacher. She has taught elementary, junior high, and high school P.E. and she spent 19 years teaching high school Health. She has a Master’s of Education Degree, and was the Health and Fitness Department Head and on her school Leadership Team for six years. She feels blessed to say that her High School Health Curriculum is the #1 best-selling Health curriculum on the whole TeachersPayTeachers website.

For more healthy suggestions and curriculum, check out her TpT Store, Mrs S’s Health and PE Resources. You can follow Karol on Pinterest and on her website: Health Education Today.