Health & Wellness

The Parent Toolkit has consulted many sources while developing the health and wellness section, but many more resources are available and linked below.

  • Choose My Plate

    Choose My Plate is a comprehensive site from the Department of Agriculture that showcases healthy eating tips, daily food plans, and a breakdown of nutritional facts.

  • is a website developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is backed by over 60,000 pediatricians and is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

  • Kids Eat Right

    Kids Eat Right is a scientifically-based health and nutrition information targeted for different age groups, including toddler, preschooler, grade schooler and teenager. 

  • Let's Move!

    Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation. The website gives parents helpful information about creating a healthy start for children, providing healthy food in schools, accessing healthy, affordable foods and increasing physical activity. Also see Let’s Move! Active Schools.

  • Mouth Healthy

    Mouth Healthy was developed by the American Dental Association. This site gives dental health and oral care advice for every age level.

  • National Sleep Foundation

    National Sleep Foundation is an ample resource that provides advice for adequate sleep at all ages, information about sleep problems and disorders, and a searchable database of sleep professionals.  

  • Presidential Youth Fitness Program

    This resource provides parents with an understanding of the Presidential Youth Fitness program, highlighting various aspects of the program, as well as, the importance of ensuring that students understand the values of lifelong fitness.  Includes specific tips for parents to be active as a family. 

  • Salud America!

    Salud America! is a site dedicated to fighting obesity amongst Latino children.  They highlight some of the key areas that will help reduce obesity and feature bilingual animated videos and colorful infographics..

  • SuperKids Nutrition

    SuperKids Nutrition offers easily accessible articles and handouts that provide nutrition tips, empowering parents to build a healthy family.

  • SuperTracker

    Developed by the US Department of Agriculture, this site allows you to look up nutritional information for over 8,000 foods.  In addition, SuperTracker allows you to create an individualized profile to track your daily food consumption and physical activity.

  • KidsHealth

    KidsHealth provides families with perspective and advice about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

Inclusion in this list does not reflect an endorsement by NBC News.

Additional Materials


Tips and advice in this section include both general and specific suggestions for how best to provide support as your child progresses through school. The tips for parents offer grade-appropriate ideas for ways in which you can assist your children at home with what they are learning in the classroom. The parent-teacher conference guide includes a checklist that you can use as a reference when discussing your child’s progress with teachers or guidance counselors.

Health & Wellness

Proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and physical activity can all impact your child’s academic performance. Learn how much they need and how you can support them by choosing your child’s grade level below.

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