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Overview

Check out these star-tastic ways to eat better and move more while celebrating star students.

Move More

Star Jumps: This exercise will get the heart pumping! Use it as a way to energize students in the morning or during an afternoon lull.

  • Have students stand next to their desks. Make sure there is enough space between them and any other objects.
  • Students should:
      • Begin with their feet shoulder-width apart and hold arms close to the body.
      • Squat down halfway and jump as high as possible.
      • As students jump, they should extend their legs and arms away from their body to look like a star

Star Yoga Pose: This is a great pose for balance and coordination. It’s also a great way to calm students after lunch or before a big test.

  • Have students stand next to their desks. Make sure there is enough space between them and any other objects.
  • Students should
      • Extend legs wide, more than shoulder-width.
      • Reach arms out to the side, parallel from the ground
      • Relax neck and shoulders, and breathe slowly and deeply. Hold pose for 5 slow breaths.

Eat Better

Fruit Star Wands: Add some magic into your classroom celebrations with fruit star wands. Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 4 starfruit
  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1 bunch red grapes
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 pineapple, peeled
  • 40 small to medium strawberries
  • 40 bamboo skewers

Preparation:

  1. Cut the cantaloupe in half and remove the seeds.
  2. Using a melon baller, make 40 balls out of the cantaloupe. OR, slice the cantaloupe into 1/2-inch slices and cut out shapes using a small cookie cutter.
  3. Cut the watermelon in half and, using a melon baller, make 40 balls.
  4. Cut pineapple into 1/2-inch slices, then cut the slices into 1/2-inch cubes.
  5. Cut each starfruit into 10 1/4-inch slices.
  6. Assemble the fruit wands by gently sliding each piece of fruit onto each skewer in this order: 1 Slice of Starfruit (this becomes the star on top), 1 Ball of Watermelon, 1 Red Grape, 1 Green Grape, 1 Piece of Cantaloupe, 1 Cube of Pineapple, 1 Strawberry.
  7. Serve! This recipe makes 40 fruit wands.

Tips

Fruit wands can be assembled the day before. Lay out the finished wands on a baking sheet, making sure to keep space between each wand. Layer parchment paper or plastic wrap between each layer of wands. Keep in the refrigerator overnight.

No need for waste! Remaining fruit from the cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes or pineapple can be used to make a beautiful fruit salad!

Ask parents to help create the fruit star wands at home, then bring them in – not all volunteering has to happen at the school.

Parents can also get creative and help make ‘Star Awards’ that you can customize for each student and use to celebrate their active and healthy achievements from the school year.