Balancing Food & Play

The Balancing Food & Play curriculum was designed to improve knowledge and behaviors related to the following four educational constructs:

  • Snacking on fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking milk with meals and water with snacks
  • Encouraging 60 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Limiting screen time to two hours or less per day.

About the Curriculum

The curriculum contains four elements.  There are 20 lesson plans that include:

  • Bell ringer activities
  • Independent and guided practices
  • Exit ticket day reflectors
  • Lesson plans written for 45 minutes to 1 hour class times
  • Lessons designed to incorporate higher-level thinking and learning skills – i.e., opportunities to design games, commercials, menus, and use technology
  • Complete weekly lesson plans with current TEKS incorporated

There are also 8 take-home reading assignments, four parent letters, and a 41-page journal for each student.

The second edition of the Balancing Food & Play curriculum incorporates the Food Guidance System called MyPlate. The MyPlate icon serves as a reminder for healthy eating and illustrates the five food groups.

2021 Balancing Food & Play Program Results

Third grade youth
Average age
Key concepts
+ 0
Physical activity levels
+ 0 %
Screen time
- 0 %
Fruit consumption
+ 0 %
No sugar sweetened beverages
+ 0 %