March 2011 Issue
February 17, 2011

Short takes: Essential body language

Source: NYSUT United

Essential body language

Balancing Activity and Nutrition for Kids, or BANK, is a sequential curriculum of nutritious food and physical activity based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food pyramid program for kids. The National Education Association's Health Information Network is a co-sponsor of BANK.

Six lesson plans for third-grade teachers, with links to student worksheets, resources and food picture cards, are available at

Safe schools, healthy kids

The Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative is a federal grant program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse in school and community programs.

Past grant winners are implementing programs that address the following five elements: safe school environments; alcohol and drug prevention activities; student behavioral, social and emotional support; mental health services; and early childhood social and emotional learning programs. Visit for more information about the program and how to apply for a grant.

Safety on the bus

Students can learn about school bus safety at The site explains the rules for riding the bus, getting off and on, proper sitting and understanding the "danger zone" around a bus.