Health and Wellness

Just Be It! Healthy and Fit

Just Be It!

New Mexico Extension's Just Be It! Healthy and Fit Program -Reduces childhood obesity risk factors by implementing prevention techniques identified by World Health Organization (2003) -Provides nutrition education to students, teachers, and parents

  • Teaches students to make nutritious food choices like fruits and vegetables
  • Teaches students to choose appropriate serving sizes of food
  • Helps parents and teachers support healthy food choices for children
  • Promotes regular physical activity
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles for children and families

Includes: proven teaching strategies field trip workshops activities for the classroom informative worksheets & charts cooking activities & recipes best practices food safety comprehensive nutritional guidelines preventative health information

Learning Theory & Teaching Strategies

New Mexico Public Education Department Standards and Benchmarks, Social Learning Theory and Health Belief Model, Tips for Safe Classroom Cooking


  1. Food Safety Fight Bac Video Activity; Germ Detective; Soapy Solutions Hand washing Activity; Safely Separate - Cross contamination; Seeing is Believing; Store Foods Properly; Microwave Safety; Move It! Fitness Activity; Mini Kabobs Snack; Mini Quiz; Parent Newsletter

  2. Food Guide Pyramid Build a Healthy Diet; MyPyramid Basics; Food Nutrients, How Many Servings Do We Need?; MyPyramid Grocery Store; Make a Meal Relay; Paper Plate Pyramid; Make a Favorite Food Pyramid; Three Dimensional Pyramid; MyPyramid Matching Game; Parent Newsletter

  3. Power-Up with Exercise The Three Forms of Exercise; Safety, Warming up and Cooling Down; Pedometers, Logging Your Steps; Be Cool with Water Activity; Dance Pads; Start a Classroom Walking Club; Calories In, Calories Out; Parent Newsletter

  4. Grains - Whole or Not? Health and Nutrient Benefits; Label Detective, Breakfast Cereals; Where are the Carbs?; Fiber Experiment; Grain Obstacle Course; Grain Mini Quiz

  5. Milk Anyone? Health Benefits and Nutrients; Rate the Milk; What's on the Label?; The Merits of Milk; Bone-Up on Calcium; Yogurt Parfait Snack; Parent Newsletter; Milk Group Quiz

  6. Meat and Beans Group Health Benefits and Nutrients; Where's the Fat Activity; Don't Spill the Beans Activity; Muscle Chart; Stretch Band Strength Activity; Trail Mix Snack; Protein Word Search

  7. Vivacious Veggies Health Benefits and Nutrients; Stone Soup Story; Vary Your Veggies and Focus on Fruits; Steps to a Healthier You; Veggie Identification; Veggie Ad Campaign; Potato Races; Crunchy Vegetable Burrito Banditos

  8. Fabulous Fruits Fruit Fly Bingo; Comparing Labels; Applesauce Taste Test; Fruit Basket Upset; Fruit Leather

  9. Fast Food or Fat Food? Are There Any Good Fast Food Choices?; Fast Food Consumer Decision Making; Fat Facts, Compare Solid Fats to Oils; How to Calculate Percent Calories from Fat; Another Where's the Fat Activity; Eat, Move, Learn Activity; Parent Newsletter

  10. Diabetes Prevention Diabetes Prevention; About Type 2 Diabetes; How Diabetes Affects the Body; Diabetes Vocabulary Game

Programming taught by NMSU Los Alamos County Extension Home Economist Desaree Jimenez

To get your school involved in the Just Be It! Healthy & Fit Program contact the Los Alamos County Extension Service at 505-662-2656