Healthy living is a way of life
Capital BlueCross is committed to providing the tools and information you need to make healthy decisions. We're particularly dedicated to helping educators find credible, current health education information.
Below are several wellness resources and links for you.
New Educator's Links
The following links are new to our site and offer a variety of information dealing with nutrition and health for educators, teachers and parents.
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Quick resources for coaches, teachers, health care and fitness professionals. Easy exercises and nutrition tips to urge the younger crowd to get up and get out.
Provides an easier way for teachers to find online lesson plans and teaching resources.
Offers resources for school food service professionals and nutrition explorations in the classroom. Developed by the National Dairy Council as a public service to nutrition educators, parents and children.
Resources providing accurate, up-to-date, and jargon free information, divided into three categories for parents, kids, and teens.
Acts of Kindness
Provides free educational and community ideas, guidance (lesson plans and activities), and other resources for kindness.
Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity's web site dedicated to working to promote policies and environments that support healthy eating and activity.
Food and Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) has been a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971. FNIC's web site provides a directory to credible, accurate and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Food and Nutrition
This link provides detailed information about the following programs: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, After school Snack Program, Child and Adult Care Food Programs, At-Risk Program, Summer Food Service Program and Nutrition Education and Training.
Meatless Monday is a national health campaign to help Americans prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer - four of the leading causes of death in America.
The sites below provide complete online resource guides where educators can find health-related lesson plans, interactive health activities for students, articles written by education experts and information on how to make the best use of technology in the classroom.
Neat Solutions for Healthy Children
Neat Solutions is a site devoted to giving educators, teachers and parents tools that make their job easier, more fulfilling and fun while teaching children to make healthy food choices.
Educator's Reference Desk
The Educator's Reference Desk offers lesson plans dealing with many subjects, including health and physical education.
BAM! Body and Mind
BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them - such as stress and physical fitness - using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes and other interactive features. BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational and fun activities that are linked to national education standards for science and health set by the National Research Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Joint Committee for National School Health Education Standards.
Health Education Centers
The Byrnes Health Education Center
The Byrnes Health Education Center houses five unique "Teaching Theaters" equipped with state-of-the-art exhibits that enable students of all ages to explore the wonders of the human body. A visit to the Center is an exciting multimedia experience.
The Weller Center
The mission of the Weller Center is to provide quality health education for children and young adults. Although it resembles a health museum, the Center goes far beyond a museum experience. Highly skilled instructors present educational programs using the latest presentation technologies and teaching exhibits. Instructors personalize the information to make a lasting impression.
Health for Success
Leads you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations with reliable health information.
PE Central - The Web Site for Physical Education Teachers
The latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth can be found at PE Central, along with lesson ideas, assessment ideas and more.
Project ACES is the worlds largest exercise class. ACES is an acronym for "All Children Exercise Simultaneously." This link can provide information on how a classroom can become a participant.
American Council on Exercise
This is an informational site on fitness including a focus on physical activity for children.
American Dietetic Association
A nutrition and health information web site.
American Heart Association
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
A fun recipe site designed by the American Heart Association which also provides information on fitness and nutrition, including tips on eating healthy when eating out.
Hoops for Heart
An educational fund-raising event for middle school and high school students. Increases their understanding of heart disease and stroke and the lifelong health benefits of physical activity.
Jump Rope for Heart
Jump Rope for Heart is an educational fund-raising event for elementary schools. Teaches students the benefits of physical activity, how to keep their hearts healthy and that they can help save lives right in their own community.