- To understand the importance of a healthy diet and exercise routine on their overall mood and mental wellness
- To be able to identify healthy brain foods and how to use them
Obstacle Relay Race 5-10 min
- Icebreaker: Obstacle Relay Race (Estimated Time: 10 minutes)Leader preparation for relay race:
- Separate desks in the room so that there is space in the middle
- Mark and label a Point A, a Point B, a Point C, Point D and Point E (using masking tape) of equal distance prior to the club starting. Depending on the classroom, a quality equal distance could be from 3-4 feet in between Points.
Have the leader break everyone up into groups of 6 people. Each student is going to participate in one leg of a relay race.
- 1st leg (Point A to Point B): A pair of students to walk wheelbarrow style from point A to point B.
- 2nd leg (Point B to Point C): One student will do a crab walk.
- 3rd leg (Point C to Point D): Two students to do a three legged race from point C to point D.
- 4th leg (Point D to Point E): The final leg one student will do frog jumps from point D to point E.
The first team to complete it wins.
Once everyone finishes ask the following questions:
- Were you aware during this activity that you were exercising, or were you more focused on the competition?
- Do you think that exercise can be fun to incorporate into your daily lives?
- How does it feel to have exercised just now?
- How can exercise help your mental health?
Eating to Manage Mood 7-10 min
- Have one person read the following passages aloud:
- “Eating healthy is just as important to mental health as it is to physical health. Research linking diet and mental health shows that food—along with other factors—plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Alzheimer’s disease.”
- “A healthy diet is protective and an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for depression and anxiety.”
- Improving your diet can help give you positive feelings, clearer thinking, more energy and calmer mood. To learn more about how to manage your mood with food, watch the following video:
- How to manage your mood with food | 8 Tips (3min 47sec) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIqUtPfFhno
- As a group, discuss the following processing questions:
- Do you buy in to how much mood is impacted by diet?
- Do you think you currently are eating a healthy diet?
- Do you notice food having an impact on your mood? What happens to your mood when you do not eat or are hungry?
Chopped 15-20 min
- Prep for the activity: Prior to the activity, make sure there are enough copies of Chopped Foods for each group (groups will be 3-4 students). Cut all slips of foods, fold, and place in a basket/bowl/hat.
- Split into groups of 3-4 students.
- Each group draws four ingredients out of the basket/bowl/hat. The group then has 10-12 minutes to come up with a healthy meal that includes all four ingredients in it and unlimited “pantry” (additional) items. Feel free to use a computer or your phones to look up ideas and recipes to help with this activity!
- Have each small group present their recipe to the large group
- What did you think of having to come up with a healthy recipe?
- Did the recipe you come up with sound like something you would actually make?
- What was your favorite ingredient that you pulled out and why?