ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-09-048

Date Created : 01/26/2009


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: ACSIP Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - William J. Goff, Assistant Commissioner
ACSIP Resource for Wellness Priority-Planet Health

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Alicia Casteel

Phone Number:


As a result of a Team Nutrition Training (TNT) Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) has available a limited number of innovative, research-based, interdisciplinary Planet Health curriculum modules developed and tested by the Harvard School of Public Health. The Planet Health curriculum has simple health themes integrated into physical education, language arts, math, science and social studies classes.

To receive the FREE, new edition of the Planet Health curriculum, 6th 8th grade teachers must attend a one-day workshop on implementation of the curriculum. Planet Health focuses on improving the health and well-being of students while building and reinforcing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies and physical education. Teachers will be expected to use the curriculum for a minimum of 3 years.

Teachers in every content subject area will give this fun, flexible and comprehensive curriculum an enthusiastic thumbs-up. The curriculum includes:
- 35 ready-to-use lesson plans, plus 31 micro units,
- Power Down, a two-week campaign to reduce television and other media viewing time, which can be launched in the classroom and school-wide,
- FitCheck, a self-assessment tool to help students track and improve activity levels, and
- CD-ROM with reproducible worksheets, parent information and newsletters and school health resources.

Planet Health Teacher Training Workshop

Grade 6-8 language arts, math, science, social studies, health and physical education teachers

10:00am 3:00pm


*Southwest Co-op., Hope - July 21
*OUR Co-op., Harrison - July 22
Arch Ford Co-op., Plumerville - July 24
*Southeast Co-op., Monticello - July 28
Wilbur Mills Co-op., Beebe - July 30

*There is a charge by the Co-operative for participants attending at these locations.

See ESC Works Event Calendar for location and registration. Each participant must register with ESC Works.

All participants in the workshop will receive a copy of the Planet Health curriculum free of charge. Each participant must agree to incorporate the curriculum into classroom instruction for the 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. Workshop attendance is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first received basis. Since grant funds are used to fund this project, the supply of curriculum is also limited. Advance notification will be given if there are insufficient quantities of the curriculum to provide each participant a copy. Multiple teachers from the same school will be allowed to attend the workshop if space is available, even if curriculum is not. If additional funds become available, curriculum will be provided to participants not receiving a copy at the workshop.


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