Education: Teachers

Hello and welcome to the FF Food Literacy Toolkit.  It is our hope that school wellness champions will use these classroom material to mobilize and inspire their school communities to help create a culture of health and wellness.

The FF in the Classroom Curriculum was designed for use in 8th - 12th grade.  The training video provides a brief introduction to our organization, along with an overview of the semester long curriculum we designed.  In addition, we have included access to all of the support materials (including classroom readings, handouts and a DVD with additional visual aids).

We trust that you and your students will find these lessons to be eye-opening and deeply engaging and look forward to getting feedback from you.

Best of luck and keep up the good fight!

Teacher Wellness Workshop

This 45-minute slide presentation is designed to provide a formal introduction to food literacy concepts for educators and staff.  We suggest you find a date and time that will yield the largest number of participants. Participation = success.  The more folks you have on board, the more likely you will create a successful wellness movement in your school.

Face the Facts: By the Numbers – Teaching is Hard

The teaching profession is a challenging one.  Many teachers, regardless of age, come into the classroom with limited classroom experience, a lack of exposure to the sociocultural realities facing their students and their families, a lack of ongoing mentorship or support - commonplace in most other professionals - extraordinarily high levels of stress, with relatively low salaries and low levels of social capital. Regardless of the acknowledged obstacles, most teachers enter the profession due to a profound desire to help support and shape the next generation.  With so much on the line (and on their shoulders) we should be asking ourselves if we are doing enough to support them personally and professionally.

Facts on Employee Wellness 

To understand the value of instituting a robust teacher wellness program, it is helpful to understand the impact of existing workplace wellness in other fields.  This document provides an overview of workplace wellness facts and figures.

Teacher Wellness Guide

This printable or downloadable resource is an excellent take away from the teacher wellness slideshow.  It provides your staff with a host of wellness resources:  nutrition guidelines, easy and healthy recipes, tips for label reading and decoding and more.

     Read Here.

Four Quadrants

This handout is an excellent reminder for staff members to target key healthy behaviors - for use at home and in the staff room.

Battling the Blues

These are FoodFight's 10 steps for keeping the pounds down and vitality up! 

FF 10 Steps to Better Health

This handout provides 10 easy-to-follow steps for making immediate and measurable changes to health outcomes.  It should be displayed at home and at school.

10 Reasons to Exercise

Although the food companies like to paint exercise as the “magic bullet” for controlling caloric input, the fact is that exercise has a host of other benefit that FAR outweigh (excuse the pun) weight control.  Regular aerobic activity (particularly weight baring activity) can: strengthen muscles and keep ligaments strong and supple, improve overall heart and lung function, reduce the risk of major diseases, stimulate the growth of new brain cells, reduce or regulate feelings of stress.  This handout summarizes the most up to date research around physical activity.

Healthy Role Models

It is important to be a good role model for your students and your own children. Here are 10 easy steps for becoming a better, healthier role model. 

False Health Claims 101

Health claims on food packages are known as functional food claims. Many of these claims are based on little or no scientific evidence. Know the lingo so you don't get fooled into believing something is healthier than it actually is.