Elementary schools

For over 25 years, The OrganWise Guys Inc. has worked with universities, foundations, public and private health organizations, nutrition experts and educators across the country to create a “whole child” approach to the prevention of childhood obesity. 

This program can be delivered to audiences using both a digital and/or physical curriculum package.  Research on this cost-effective, effective can be found here. This program is also included in the USDA’s SNAP-Ed PSE Toolkit as a Research-Tested Program and is being used around the country in partnership with SNAP-Ed nutrition education experts.

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MEET THE ORGANWISE GUYS

PreK/KINDERGARTEN

1st GRADE

2nd GRADE

3rd GRADE

4th GRADE

5th GRADE

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL HEALTH

GARDENING

FOODS OF THE MONTH

MUSIC/ARTS

SHORTS! BY TOPIC

FEATURE VIDEOS

Let’s Get Started!

These materials help children learn about nutrition and health in creative ways, allowing them to retain important information to take care of their bodies and reduce obesity and related diseases. Best of all, it’s FUN! Below please find the physical components of this unique curriculum.

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Activity Sheets for Each Book

72 Short Videos

8 Full-Length Videos

Access for the Entire Site:

Classroom Teachers

School Counselors

Media Specialists

Summer Programs

Nurses

Character Education Classes

P.E. / Health Teachers

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After School Programs

This prep-free supplemental curriculum includes everything an educator needs to keep students on track:

 

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Lesson Plans

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Correlations to National Head Start/Early Childhood

Correlations to STEM Standards

Correlations to your State-specific Standards

Elementary School Digital Platform

(Full School License)

Total Number of Students Enrolled

(PreK – 5th Grade) x $3.00 (Annually)

To complement the digital platform,

consider adding these physical items…

Elementary School Booster Kit

Nutrition and healthy lifestyle curriculum presented with stories, songs and lots of FUN!

WISERCISE! – Daily 10-minute bouts of physical activity performed while staying on task academically

Foods of the Month posters, buttons and apron for year-round nutrition education

Create an empowering school-wide environment to keep health a daily focus

Activity Books (Optional)

These books contain activities that complement the lessons learned in the Elementary School curriculum (one per student).

(Please note, the Elementary School DIGITAL Platform contains all of these activity sheets available for download. However, many schools also prefer physical books as an option, if budget allows.)

Elementary School Booster Kit

What educators are saying…

“This is a great program. The students love it! The counselors, art teachers, librarians, and PE teachers relate it to the student’s lives and they stress the benefits of eating correctly, exercising, and how they grow into healthy adults.”


Carol T. Bailey

Marion County

“Prior to teaching The OrganWise Guys curriculum, I used many other tools in teaching nutrition and wellness. In my opinion, no other curriculum or lessons that have been taught have had the depth of impression on my students. Their ability to retain the information and understand the concepts has been far more significant using the OrganWise books, “puppets” and consumables than any other methods/lessons used.”

Aimee Evans

School Counselor, Jackson-Madison County

“It is fun and motivating for the students. The character toys help make it real for the kids as they learn the names and functions of the organs. The emphasis of study for young children is key and relevant. This is a great project and we are very grateful for this opportunity.”


Daphne Johnson

Beech Bluff Elementary

FAQs

Is this an evidence based program?

Yes! The OrganWise Guys Comprehensive School Program was part of the only published longitudinal (multi-year) school-based study to show statistically significantly greater improvements in weight, blood pressure and waist circumference measures, as well as higher standardized test scores, of children in program schools as compared to children who were not.

These healthy and smart findings are published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals – the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. Click here to view research and request full publications

Are these materials linked to state standards?

Yes! We understand how limited time is for teachers as well as the numerous testing/reporting requirements from state and federal entities. Our goal is to make implementing this program as EASY as possible for teachers. These materials are linked to standards in ALL 50 states and can be accessed here

Are these materials linked to National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Standards?

Yes! Our materials are linked to STEM Standards for all elementary school grades. To access, click here, select grade, select topic, then click the yellow button that says “STEM Standards” to view standards.

Are there implementation guides?

Yes! Each grade level has an implementation guide to assist teachers in rolling out the program throughout the school year. Click here to view all grade-level guides

Are there evaluation tools?

Yes! Each grade level has a pre/post evaluation tool if an evaluation is required. (Note: As a result of the statistically-significant health and academic outcomes and subsequent peer-reviewed publications, the program can often be implemented in the same manner as the schools in the study without the need for additional evaluation. This allows for greater reach as less time and effort is placed on teachers/schools). With the help of some of our university partners, we have also created a data entry excel file for each grade to assist in capturing program results. Click here to view all evaluation tools.

Are trainings available?

Yes! While this program is very streamlined and easy-to-implement, we recommend a short training to outline how this program can best work for this setting. We have free video trainings which can be viewed/used at anytime (it is also a great overview for you to view while considering this program).

For larger projects (multiple schools/district-wide), an in-person training by one of our program experts is often requested. To meet this need, we do offer a day rate of $2500 (which includes travel expenses in the U.S.). To decide which option is best for you, do not hesitate to call us at 800-786-1730.

Is this program cost-effective?

The digital platform is only $3 per student per year … about the cost of one school lunch! This provides access to EVERY educator in the school and can be used in afterschool and summer programming as well. So twelve full months!

The Booster Kit provides everything a school needs to jump-start its wellness initiative. From there, grade level books can be added gradually as budget permits. (Note: ALL books are included in Digital Platform.)

Finally, activity books are offered at a 50% discount to keep them affordable.

Click here to get a specific quote/estimate for your program needs.

Are there individual student activity books included?

We do offer grade-level specific activity books that are linked to curriculum standards. If you purchase a subscription, all activity sheets are included as downloads on the platform. 

Many schools opt to purchase 1 activity book per student instead of printing copies. We offer a 50% discount to schools and Extension.

Can the program be rolled out in stages?

Absolutely! Again, the program’s success is due in part to its flexibility to meet project/ budgetary constraints/needs. We know all schools/projects are unique! Many programs start out with either the Digital Platform or the Booster Kit and then add grade level books in subsequent years. 

As for including OrganWise components into health programming already in place
 – again, a resounding YES! The more nutrition and healthy lifestyle education kids receive, the better. We work with a wide variety of partners and programs so if you are helping kids improve their lives WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU! One of the unique features of these materials (especially our OrganWise Gal/Guy pictured here) is that they can assist in bringing any nutrition and physical activity to life!

Does this program have a parent component?

Yes! We understand the importance of helping busy families incorporate healthy choices into not only their children’s lives but theirs as well. To assist schools with this objective, we have equipped them with ready- to-go Foods of the Month monthly newsletters (English/Spanish) which are available on the Foods of the Month website and are part of the Digital Platform subscription.  These can be printed out and sent home or, if technology allows, schools can post these on their website. (Many OrganWise schools post these along with their cafeteria menu, which is an item popular with parents.)

Also, to help bring even more OrganWise Guys messaging home, we have developed our free resource page site for parents (and kids of all ages) to access for a wide variety of FREE OrganWise Guys items for families to enjoy!

Do the materials come in Spanish?

Yes! All of the storybooks for PreK/K, first and second grade are available in Spanish. We also have a variety of additional OrganWise Guys items in Spanish, which can be viewed here.

How does this program assist schools to make policy, systems, and environment (PSE) changes?

At the core of The OrganWise Guys programming is a message of self-empowerment and self-advocacy. Their motto is: We love who we live in, so please take care of us! As children learn that making healthy choices and being physically active are gifts they give their own OrganWise Guys and not a punishment, policy change becomes a bottom-up approach that is embraced. (We have seen it happen repeatedly. One example is a group of third graders who successfully started a petition to replace ice cream at school with low-fat frozen yogurt! Small improvements + over time = PSE changes!)

By OrganWise-ing a school environment with consistent, positive messaging (in addition to the classroom curricula), such as playing a 30 or 60 second vignette during morning announcements, infusing the cafeteria with Foods of the Month materials, or incorporating the characters into art, music and P.E., the atmosphere becomes health promotion, increased energy, and social well-being. These beneficial, subtle reminders can be the catalyst for lifelong healthy habits.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describe the Social-Ecological Model (SEM) which many public health experts agree illustrates how all sectors of society, including individuals and families, educators, communities and organizations, health professionals, small and large businesses, and policymakers combine to shape an individual’s food and physical activity choices, and ultimately one’s calorie balance and chronic disease risk. The OrganWise Guys could not agree more! Our programming fits into this model utilizing all three of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services recommended SNAP-Ed approaches below:

  1. Individual or group-based direct nutrition education, health promotion, and intervention strategies.
  2. Comprehensive, multi-level interventions at multiple complementary organizational and institutional levels
  3. Community and public health approaches to improve nutrition

It all begins with our kids!

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