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The 2005 Food Guidance System and the WOW! Series

In April 2005 the USDA updated the Dietary Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid into a single system now known as the Food Guidance System ( to better integrate nutrition and physical activity information and recommendations found in each system, which previously overlapped. Now the graphic shows how to balance what we eat with our physical activity.

In this section, we address the most recent addition to the U.S. government's revised nutrition information, the new MyPyramid. The WOW! series includes the 2005 Dietary Guidelines as well as general references to the new food guidance system. Rest assured that the lessons that refer to the original "food guide pyramid" include directions to the website so that you may deliver the lesson using the latest information. Indeed, the basic nutrition information in the WOW! series is based on sound scientific principles and the most current information available at the time of publication-the same as for the updated food guidance system.

In addition, we know that many schools and school districts will continue to use the original food guide pyramid for some time to come, as it may be part of their districts standards for nutrition and health education. Therefore, the WOW! series can assist districts on both fronts - supporting the new food guidance system while continuing to support the original food guide pyramid. Look for additional lesson plans on the new MyPyramid to be posted on this Web site in the near future.

For More Information

The new system also allows individuals to design a personalized approach to diet and physical activity. By going to the website home page, you can begin to design your own "food pyramid" based on your (or your students') age, gender, activity level, food preferences, and other parameters. Also of particular interest to educators may be these specific URLs:

Meet the Challenge of Comprehensive Health Education in Elementary School

Human Kinetics recognizes that health education may be challenging to fit into your busy schedule. That is why we developed the World of Wellness Health Education series (WOW!):

These images, and the others throughout this Web site, are found in the WOW! student texts.

Through careful design and execution, a coordinated approach, and consideration for real students and teachers in real school settings, WOW! not only helps you meet the challenge, but does so in a way that appeals to kids of all ages.

Fun. Easy. Complete.

Introducing Cody, Ruby, Sydney, and T.J.

The World of Wellness Health Education series enables you to teach your students the importance of leading an active and healthy life through conceptually grounded, context-based lessons. What's even more exciting is that while your students are learning, they'll become acquainted with a very special group of friends who will take them on a wellness journey throughout the school year. Ruby, Cody, T.J., Sydney, and others will help your students learn about health while strengthening their abilities in reading, writing, and other cross-curricular topics.

WOW! functions as a group of kits—without the cost of a kit! Ancillaries other publishers might make you pay extra for are included with the teacher's guides for each level of the WOW! series at a very affordable price. Plus, few supplies are need for delivering the dynamic lessons found in WOW!, and the few little things you might need for activities or demonstrations are inexpensive and easily found in a school or discount store. That means that you can deliver WOW! content expertly, smoothly, and affordably with very little prep time!

Coordinated School Health Connections

The CDC's Coordinated School Health Model

Today's child needs an updated, multifaceted approach in order to achieve health literacy, or the ability to make choices that will enhance personal health and well-being now and in the future. For many years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have promoted the key to children's health and well-being through their Coordinated School Health Model. This model encompasses eight interactive areas:

  1. Health education
  2. Physical education
  3. Health services
  4. Nutrition services
  5. Counseling, psychological, and social services
  6. Healthy school environment
  7. Health promotion for staff
  8. Family and community involvement

WOW! Delivers Coordinated School Health

With concern rapidly growing about childhood obesity, inactivity, and other health risks such as type 2 diabetes, states and municipalities are now responding by passing laws requiring coordinated school health. The WOW! Health Education series meets these needs by providing the four components that are most frequently required:

  1. Health education core content meeting the relevant national standards
  2. Physical education helping students meet the national standards
  3. Parent involvement newsletters provided per unit and per grade level, in both English and Spanish
  4. Nutrition education and services for students and parents alike

Professional development opportunities are available through the authors to support each essential component.

This Is How WOW! Works

Orange Level: Big Book, Student Book, Teacher's Guide and CD-ROM

Each level of The World of Wellness Health Education series consists of the following:

For kindergarten students, the student book is a big book, a large colorful book for the teacher to read to the group; first- through fifth-grade students have their own books. In addition, an abridged first-grade student book is available in big book format.

Color Coding

Across the series, kindergarten through fifth grade, WOW! uses a color-coded system to denote grade levels. This allows you the additional flexibility of using a lower level to meet the needs of students with academic challenges or a higher level to challenge gifted students.

In today's world of tight budgets and increasing demands on school resources, rest assured that the WOW! student books are not intended to be used as workbooks. Rather, they are meant to last multiple years while still being cost-effective. This complies with the directives of most school districts not to purchase student consumables.

WOW! offers flexibility and easily adapts to your students' levels

For further information, including samples of the student book, teacher's guides, and teacher's resource CD-ROM, visit the Teacher Information section of this web site.