empowerME4Life is an 8-session healthy living course to equip youth ages 8-12 with new attitudes, skills and knowledge about eating better and moving more. It is designed for implementation in afterschool and community settings and to be facilitated by teens or adult allies.
Each session of empowerME4Life is grounded in the American Heart Association’s scientific recommendations and expertise in promoting heart-healthy lifestyles. The educational content and methods are aligned with the National Health Education Standards for fifth grade. empowerME4Life is based on the Alliance’s five steps kids can take to live healthier:
- Get physically active for 60 minutes each day
- Drink primarily water, 1 percent or fat free milk, and 100 percent juice with no added sugars
- Eat fruits and vegetables with EVERY meal
- Cut back on screen time and limit it to 1-2 hours a day
- Get at least 9 hours of sleep every night
Each 45-minute sessions builds upon prior sessions and reinforces a variety of lifelong skills. empowerME4Life reinforces the nutrition and physical activity objectives of health education curricula such as Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH!) Kids’ Club, ReCharge™ from Action for Healthy Kids and the National Football League, as well as a host of others.
Ready to get started? Download the empowerME4Life lesson plans and facilitator guide. If you have questions implementing empowerME4Life, attend a webinar or contact empowerme @ healthiergeneration.org.