HPE-260: Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher

Health & Human Services
Fitness Leadership
Academic Level
Course Subject
Health & Physical Education
Course Number
Course Title
Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Provides training for the elementary classroom teacher to teach health, nutrition, safety, and physical education. Offers teaching strategies, projects, movement exercises, and games designed to engage the elementary student. Course emphasis is on providing learning experiences for children’s development of positive lifestyle behaviors. Fulfills the objectives for the Michigan Model for Health.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of the class is to equip the future early childhood and elementary education teacher with a strong knowledge base of health, nutrition, and physical education and for the student to acquire a large portfolio of activities for the younger child to use in the classroom to develop these areas. Emphasis is on the future teacher understanding the importance of health, nutrition, and physical education to a core curriculum.

Core Course Topics
  1. Introduction and Course Overview
  2. Dietary Guidelines
  3. Principles of Nutrition
  4. Feeding Toddler/Preschoolers
  5. Health and Safety
  6. Food Service Sanitation
  7. Physical Education
  8. Management of Accidents and Injuries
  9. The Infectious Process and Prevention
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Plan a safe and healthy learning environment.
  2. Demonstrate methods used to advance a child’s physical and intellectual development.
  3. Demonstrate ways to support children’s emotional and social development.
  4. Develop strategies to establish productive relationships with student families.
  5. Describe ways to manage an effective program operation.
  6. Observe and record children’s behavior.
  7. Explain the principles of child development and learning.
  8. State the essentials of nutrition from birth through adolescence.
  9. Design age-appropriate meals and snacks, which meet nutritional guidelines and respect family customs and habits.
  10. Design age-appropriate nutrition, physical education and health activities that aid in the promotion of cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and creative development.
  11. Illustrate methods that establish a safe and healthy environment.
  12. Discuss the current state of health of school children in America and Michigan.
  13. Describe the social and psychological factors which influence health behavior in children.
  14. Discuss the influence family environment may have on the health behaviors and status of children.
  15. Describe the nutritional status and problems of children.
  16. Describe the impact of fitness on the physical and emotional health of children.
  17. Identify the physical and psychological effects of substance abuse in children.
  18. Explain the theoretical basis and practical application of health education activities for younger children.
  19. Discuss the common infection and communicable illnesses in children.
  20. Explain the theoretical basis and practical application of physical education activities for children.
  21. Analyze a portfolio of lesson plans for health, nutrition and physical education for the early childhood or elementary school child.
  22. Demonstrate a program of exercise and nutrition for his/her own lifestyle that promotes good health.
  23. Critique several elementary curricula for health, nutrition or physical education and provide feedback on the strength and weaknesses of the program.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement includes:
1. Written exams including a final cumulative exam.
2. Outside observations.
3. Portfolio of activities for nutrition, health and physical education for the elementary child.
4. Various laboratory exercises.
5. Nutritious snack presentation.
6. Weekly homework assignments on each chapter.

  1. Robertson, Cathie. Safety, Nutrition, and Health in Early Education Delmar, Second Edition, 2003.
  2. Marotz, L.R., Cross, Marie Z., and Rush, J.M. Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child. Delmar, Fifth Edition, 2001.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date