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Healthy Breaks: Wellness Activities for the Classroom

Healthy Breaks: Wellness Activities for the Classroom

by Jenine M. De Marzo, Jenine De Marzo
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Healthy Breaks: Wellness Activities for the Classroom presents teacher-tested activities that take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Kindergarten through sixth-grade classroom teachers can easily implement these wellness activities in their curriculum, and the activities supplement kids’ physical education programs by promoting natural activity throughout the day. As a result, kids are better able to focus on their academic lessons.


This book serves as a supplemental guide for classroom teachers who want to integrate health, wellness, and movement within their classrooms, as well as a resource for physical educators who have limited gym space and resources. Healthy Breaks presents the following features:

• Tools for classroom and health teachers to promote wellness and provide health-related activities in the classroom

• Activities for before- and after-school program leaders to increase physical activity and wellness

• Clear and concise instructions that make it easy for any teacher to engage students in physical activity and academic learning

• Tools for meeting objectives of national wellness policies set by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans


Healthy Breaks is the ideal multidisciplinary approach to promoting health and preventing disease in our most valuable resource: children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736082891
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 105
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Jenine M. De Marzo, EdD,

is an assistant professor in health studies, physical education, and human performance sciences at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She has taught and coached children from preschool through college age. She has taught health and physical education from K to 12 and has taught preservice undergraduate and graduate health and physical educators. In addition, she has presented the “healthy break” concept to numerous community school districts.


De Marzo is a health and physical educator for the New York City Board of Education and is president of the Higher Education Section for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, New York. In her leisure time, she enjoys running, playing and coaching soccer, and playing outside with her three children and her husband.

Table of Contents

Activity Finder



Chapter 1. Quieting and Meditative Activities

Chapter 2. Esteem Builders

Chapter 3. Social Wellness Activities

Chapter 4. Cooperative Games

Chapter 5. Inclusion Games

Chapter 6. Energizing Activities


About the Author


An activity book for elementary classroom, health education, and physical education teachers; for health and physical education professionals; community program leaders, and day care providers. Also used by district coordinators, before and afterschool program leaders, and camp counselors for their physical activity programs.

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