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Hooray for Health!

This health curriculum guide is designed for teachers, after-school providers, and school nurses. Each unit explores a different early childhood health topic, offering background information, a featured ARTHUR show, classroom activities, recommended books and, in many cases, family activity sheets in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

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The Teacher Guide
You may either download the entire guide (3.2MB), or access individual sections by using the Table of Contents below. (Note: The official Hooray for Health! guide does not include the Peanut Allergies unit.)

Table of Contents:
About This Guide, Credits, and Classroom Reproducibles
Explore what Hooray for Health! has to offer.
About This Guide and Credits (182K)
Classroom Reproducibles (268K)

Eat Well. Stay Fit.
Encourage kids to take care of themselves by eating healthy foods and keeping active.
Background Information and Activities (294K)

Family Activities and Information Sheets (English, 280K) also available in:
Spanish (283K)
Chinese (1MB)
Tagalog (772K)
Vietnamese (808K)
Portuguese (285K)
Haitian Creole (280K)

Related Online Activities:
Lunch-O-Matic is an interactive game in which Brain is helping Mrs. McGrady serve lunch at the cafeteria. Players must help them complete a balanced meal using nutritional information. This game promotes interest and expands knowledge of nutrition, and was developed with a certified nutritionist. Away from your computer, discuss balanced meals with your child while planning and preparing meals.

Supermarket Adventure is an online sorting game hosted by D.W. The object of the game is to help D.W. complete a shopping assignment using nutritional information. This game promotes interest and expands knowledge of nutrition, and was developed with a certified nutritionist. Play a real-world extension of this game as you and your child do grocery shopping or while storing food at home.

Open Wide!
Help kids learn to take good care of their teeth.
Background Information and Activities (302K)

Family Activities and Information Sheets (English, 254K) also available in:
Spanish (1.1MB)
Chinese (1MB)
Tagalog (948K)
Vietnamese (928K)

Dealing with Feelings
Help kids learn to recognize, label, and express their feelings in appropriate ways.
Background Information and Activities (257K)

Family Activities and Information Sheets (English, 155K) also available in:
Spanish (158K)
Chinese (396K)
Tagalog (143K)
Vietnamese (131K)

Feelings Chart (English, 568K) also available in:
Spanish (465K)
Chinese (255K)
Tagalog (246K)
Vietnamese (193K)

Related Online Activity:
About Face lets children match a character's facial expression with how he or she might feel in a given situation. Developed in close consultation with the National Center for Accessible Media, the game can be used to explore the fact that facial expressions are important, especially when communicating with people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Play this game with your children, and ask them to show you the expressions they make when they are happy, sad, confused, etc.

Head Lice Advice
Everything you wanted to know about these parasitic pests, and more! Work with kids and families to help prevent the spread of head lice.
Background Information and Activities (196K)
Head Lice Control: Tips for Parents and Kids (Web page)

Family Activities and Information Sheets (English, 1.4MB) also available in:
Spanish (1.2MB)
Chinese (1.3MB)
Tagalog (1MB)
Vietnamese (1MB)

All About Asthma
What is asthma? What can trigger an asthma episode? How can you stay active and healthy if you have asthma? The information and activities in this unit are designed for kids with asthma, their classmates, and their families.

Background Information and Activities (251K)
Buster's Asthma Tips (Web page)

Family Activity Sheets (English/Spanish, 116K) also available in:
English/Chinese (129K)
English/Tagalog (112K) English/Vietnamese (118K)

Buster "All About Asthma" Coloring Sheet (English, 98K) also available in:
Spanish (168K)

Tips for Parents (English/Spanish, 147K) also available in:
English/Chinese (659K)
English/Tagalog (145K)
English/Vietnamese (156K)

ARTHUR™ Asthma Treatment Plan (English/Spanish, 190K) also available in:
English/Chinese (1.5MB)
English/Tagalog (188K)
English/Vietnamese (210K)

Additional Asthma Resources on the Web:
Allergy and Asthma Network*Mothers of Asthmatics (AAN*MA)
American Lung Association (ALA)
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
AsthmaMoms
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Binky Goes Nuts: Understanding Peanut Allergies
What is a food allergy? What makes peanut allergies so dangerous? The information and activities in this unit help children learn how they can make their school a safe and healthy place for classmates who have peanut or other food allergies. This unit also includes a printable placemat with pictures and activities about peanut allergies. (Note: The placemat can be printed on both sides of either an 8.5x11" or 11x17" sheet of paper.)

Binky Goes Nuts Activity Unit (1.6MB)
Binky Goes Nuts Activity Placemat/Front (360K)
Binky Goes Nuts Activity Placemat/Back (916K)
Peanut Allergies: A Q&A with Dr. Michael C. Young (832K)



Dealing with Diabetes
How do kids with diabetes manage their illness and stay healthy and strong? How can schools become safe, supportive places for children with diabetes? The information and activities in this unit are designed for children with diabetes, their classmates, and their teachers. Take-home activity sheets are provided in English and Spanish.

Dealing with Diabetes (1.3MB)
Watch a live-action segment in which a young girl with diabetes demonstrates how she manages her illness.

Related Online Activity:
Movie Maker lets kids help Buster fix a short movie he created. They need to make the movie happier, sadder, funnier, scarier, or more exciting, depending on Buster's wishes. Kids access a special editing screen that allows them to change the sights and sounds in three scenes, and the overall soundtrack. This game offers kids an opportunity to experiment with media production, and empowers them to make genuine choices that will affect the media they are creating. The goal is to teach kids that all media are constructed, and that different choices made by the media creators have different (emotional) impacts on them as media consumers.

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Hooray for Health!: Credits