The printable Kid's Exercise & Food Journals have been created for children in elementary through middle schools for use in both the classroom and at home as a daily program to encourage and support children's physical fitness and healthy eating habits. Both the daily and weekly journals have been developed to duplicate our online version in every way, including earning Smiley Stars as each child completes their daily recommended one hour of exercise and consumes their daily recommended amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water.
The 7-day weekly journal may be handed out to children on Mondays and taken home for the week for parents to help in guiding theirchild to track their daily exercises and their food and water consumption from each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner), including snacks.
The journal may be displayed on a refrigerator for easy tracking, and returned to the classroom on Monday mornings to be used in a brief class discussion on good nutrition, health and wellness.
The 5-day weekly journal may also be handed out on Mondays and used in class to track each child's daily exercise and their food and water consumption from the school breakfast and lunch programs only, including snacks.
The journals may be kept in each child's activity or nutrition folder, and taken out each afternoon to track their exercises during P.E. or in the classroom, and the fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water they consumed during breakfast and lunch. Parents may also use the 5-day journal at home to encourage their child to eat healthy Monday through Friday. The 5-day journal includes a word puzzle and a "food words of the week" section.
The 1-day daily journal has been created especially for young children in Kindergarten (or Pre-K) with graphics representing each particular food or exercise. This is intended to make it easier for younger children to color in and track their daily exercises and food consumption.
As with the 7-day and 5-day journals, the children may color in a "First Try" Smiley Star if they have tried a new food for the first time, and they may color in the gold Smiley Star if they have completed all of their daily exercises and consumed all of their daily recommended amount of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water. The 1-day journal also includes a word puzzle and a "food words of the day" section.
Each Monday the completed daily and weekly journals may be used in class to promote good nutrition, health and wellness, and the badge graphic may be colored in on each child's daily or weekly journal representing the number of Smiley Stars earned for the entire week from 1) completing their daily exercises and eating their daily recommended amount of food and water, 2) trying a new food (see "First Try" on the journals), 3) completing a word puzzle, and 4) completing a food words of the day/week.
At the end of each month, the number of Smiley Stars earned each day and week may be counted and each child may color in the badge graphic on their wellness certificate representing the total number of Smiley Stars earned for the month (see the badge color chart). The children's wellness certificates may be displayed on a classroom wall and mentioned by the teacher at various times throughout the month to encourage the class to eat healthier, and to track their daily exercises and their daily consumption of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and water each day to increase their badge numbers for the following month.