VERB : it's what you d [teacher's guide]
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      Dear Educator,

      As you well know, patterns of behaviors that impact short- and long-term health are established during childhood and adolescence. Roughly one-third of all young people ages 12 to 21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis.1 And, the percentage of young people who are overweight has tripled since 1980.2 For these reasons, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the VERB.™ campaign. In support of this important effort, Weekly Reader Custom Publishing is pleased to bring you these classroom activities and video called VERB.™ It’s what you do. In School. In Action. These Weekly Reader materials support the VERB multicultural, national media campaign to motivate all children ages 9 to 13 (“tweens”) to get active in positive ways. The VERB initiative highlights enriching and healthy lifestyles, while helping to displace unhealthy, risky behaviors.

      Compared to inactive kids, research shows that children who are active experience higher self-esteem and confidence, reduced stress and anxiety, and improved overall health.3 Children should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five days a week, preferably daily.4 But the VERB campaign isn’t only about physical activity — it also includes encouraging kids to get involved with family and positive groups, such as teams, clubs, community groups or religious organizations. It promotes social connectedness and positive family relationships. The intent is to get young people up and moving! To reach this goal, we are enlisting your help as well as help from parents and guardians.

      We hope that these materials are useful and will help encourage and inspire your students to explore new interests and find enjoyment in all kinds of activities. Please feel free to share these materials with your colleagues and adapt them to a variety of courses, including science, language arts and social studies, as well as health and physical education (see Extension Ideas on page 3). Although these printed materials are copyrighted, they may be reproduced for educational purposes. Please take a moment to complete the enclosed educator feedback form and reply card to help us prepare future educational materials.

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