What You'll Need: scriptures, small gift wrapped box with picture of children inside, poster of food groups, coloring page and coloring tools, fruits and wooden skewers.
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Quote: “The Lord has commanded you to take good care of your body. To do this, observe the Word of Wisdom. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. When you do all these things...you gain the blessings of a healthy body, an alert mind, and the guidance of the Holy Ghost." - L. Tom Perry
Opening Song: The Lord Gave me a Temple (PCS #153)
Object Lesson: Before FHE begins print photos of your children (preferably ones that show their entire body). Place it in a small box or gift bag and wrap it like a present. You may choose to do this for each individual child or wrap one box for the entire family. Tell family members that inside this box is a gift that Heavenly Father has given to each of us. Have them open the gifts and see the pictures representing our physical bodies.
Before we were born our spirits lived in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. One of the most important reasons for coming to earth was to get a physical body. Our bodies are a sacred gift given to us by our Heavenly Father. We will only get one body to use during our time on earth so it is very important that we take good care of it. Today we are going to talk about making good choices for our bodies with FOOD and EXERCISE.
FOOD: What foods we put into our bodies is very important. Just like a car needs gasoline to run, our bodies use food to give us energy to move, play and work. If we put bad foods into our bodies all the time our body won't work the right way. Let's talk about foods that are good for our bodies.
Vegetables - We should eat vegetables of all colors. Dark green vegetables are especially good for us. We should eat veggies every single day, no matter what.
Fruits - Fruits are also really good for our bodies. We should eat fruit every day as well.
Grains - Grains help us have lots of energy. Grains, like bread, are especially good when they are dark brown instead of white.
Dairy - Milk is really good for our bones. Things with milk in them like yogurt, cheese and sour cream are also good for our bodies. Sometimes milk has a lot of fat in it. We can get the good things from milk, but not get the bad fat by eating a drinking milk products which are low-fat.
Protein - Protein is a fancy word for the kind of nutrition we get from meats, beans and nuts. If we eat meat we should eat just a little bit and we should try and eat meat that isn't fried.
Just because we focus on eating these healthy things does not mean we can never eat anything else. It is okay to have other food things once in a while, but not every day. Sweets like candy, ice cream and chocolate are okay to eat once in a while. So are other less-healthy foods like french fries, cheese burgers and pizza.
( show Foods Poster and explain to children that the size of the wedge shows how much or little of those kinds of foods we should eat )
EXERCISE: Our bodies need to move around to stay healthy. Exercise can be really fun! Activities like Soccer, football, karate, gymnastics or just playing tag are all really good for our bodies. The most important thing to remember is that if your ENTIRE body is moving, it's getting exercise. Watching TV and playing video games or computer games is okay once in a while, but you should only do those things for less time than your ENTIRE BODY moves each day.
GOALS: Our family is going to make some goals to make our physical bodies more healthy! (use this time to set simple goals with your family in areas in which you need improvement. This may include using a timer to monitor video game/computer/TV time, taking up an active family activity for exercise or eating whole grain breads or more fruits and veggies each day).
*Make sure to write these goals down and track your family's progress during the week. You may choose to set a special incentive for attaining goals like a family trip to the local indoor swimming pool, a game of family laser tag or another active family activity.
Bear your testimony about the blessings that can come if we follow the Lord's commandment to take care of our bodies. If your family really struggles in this area, tell your family why you want to make healthy changes.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the MARCH Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Healthy Scripture Match-Up.
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Treat: Rainbow Fruit Sticks
Make rainbow fruit kabobs with strawberries/raspberries, oranges, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries and purple grapes.
Putting these on wooden skewers (available at almost all grocery stores in the area with baking pans) makes this especially fun for kids!