Healthy Dearborn – Fun, Healthy Resources

Physical Activity:

How fast can you go? Collect these items as fast as you can then complete 50 seconds of the exercise associated with each object. Not sure what an exercise is? Click on the title. Set your timer and compete with yourself, a friend or family member! Have fun and Go! 

Item to collectPhysical Activity (30 seconds each)
MaskMonster jumps
PumpkinToe taps off the pumpkin
SpiderFrankenstein Walks  
Pumpkin Spice food itemPush ups
CandyJumping Jacks
BroomHops over the Broom
MummyMummy hops (hop up & down)
ScarecrowScarecrow hold (1 leg up, arms out to side)
Trick or treat bagYour favorite exercise 


Apple-Nut Butter Teeth- Try this simple Halloween recipe!


2 apples
handful of sliced or blanched almonds or raisins, cut in half or sunflower seeds
lemon juice (to help prevent turning brown), optional
your favorite nut or seed butter

Tools/equipment needed: 1 small knife


1. Cut each apple into 4 slices. Cut core from each wedge.
2. With a small knife, carve out a small wedge to make a top and bottom lip. Make sure not to cut too far because you want to make sure that the apple is still intact.
3. Place lemon juice in a bowl and brush onto each apple wedge (optional).
3. With a small knife, spread a small amount if nut or seed butter on the bottom “lip”.
4.  Carefully and gently (to avoid “teeth” breaking), place the almonds/seeds/raisins into the top portion of the mouth until it sticks without holding it. The nut/seed butter also helps hold the “teeth” into place. Use your knife to carve out a little tiny hole if needed. Enjoy!

Makes 8 apple teeth. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

COVID-19 Resources

Mask wearing is not always easy or fun, but it’s an important step to keep you and those around you safe. Whether you’re out in the community with your family or you returned to school for in-person learning, wearing a mask may be required. Below are some easy tips to encourage mask wearing and how make it fun:

  • Decorate your mask using tie-dye or fabric markers or make your own at home using an old t-shirt or fabric with your favorite pattern. As always, make sure to get adult permission first.
  • Clip a lanyard onto the ear strap. If you take your mask off, it’s now hanging around your neck as reminder to put it back on. 
  • Practice at home. Get your family involved in practicing mask wearing for a day. Make it a challenge – who can keep their mask on the longest? 
  • Be consistent in wearing your mask properly and not touching it while wearing it. The more you practice, the easier it gets. 

In addition to wearing your mask over your nose and mouth, there are other important steps you should follow to keep yourself and those around you safe. These include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not readily available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and mask when wearing it.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and another person.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.

Please visit the Healthy Dearborn, Fun, Healthy Resources Survey to submit feedback and additional ways Healthy Dearborn can help support you and your family with physical activity, nutrition and/or COVID-19 resources.   

Activity Ideas – September 28 – October 2

Here are some great activity and fitness ideas for all students K-2. These are in lesson format, but you can easily work through them on your own.

This link will take you to different ideas and activities for students 3-5. Feel free to browse them all and find something that looks fun to you. Remember, even in these crazy times….activity is supposed to be fun! 🙂

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our middle school friends! Here are some great activities for you as well. See if you can work through all of these this week, in addition to the lessons with your PE teacher.

Feel free to leave me a message and let me/us know if you are finding this information helpful. We strive to provide the best information we can, to ensure everyone has something they can learn each week.

To learn more about D-SHINES and the incredible services they provide for our schools and community, please visit their website @ If you click on the “families” tab you will find a wealth of information regarding physical activity, nutrition and more.

Until next week, enjoy the information and stay active!!!

Going for gold! The benefits of physical activity

Thursday, June 11 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

We’ve finally made it! The last day of school, but fear not…we’re still going to work hard today.

Physical Activity

It’s well understood in the research that spending time in nature directly boosts physical and mental well-being. Gardening, therefore, is a super healthy habit!

Gardening activity – lifting, raking, digging, even pulling weeds can provide all four types of exercise – endurance, flexibility, balance and strength! Don’t have a good spot for your own garden? Find a community garden near you with the American Community Gardening Association. Try Make your gardening movements deliberate – alternate raking with your right or left hand, do a lunge or squat when you’re moving from one garden bed to the next, or shoveling heavy piles of dirt are all good functional fitness activities.
For a challenge today, work with a partner and alternate stations at your gardens. Take turns digging, planting, raking, and watering.getting a space ready for gardening!

Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Gardening Greats: Maintaining your garden
Summer is the perfect time to work in the garden and what a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. But what do we actually need to do to keep up a garden – can’t plants take care of themselves? Not really! Plants in gardens need to be maintained and that’s where we as gardeners come in. So what do plants need from us? Generally they need the two W’s- water and weeding.
Water – Vegetables need to be watered whenever the soil dries out, or when very hot weather makes them droop (we call this wilting). If you don’t already have a watering can, use this quick video to see how you can make one out of things in your home.
Weeding– Why can’t we just let weeds grow? We pull weeds so that they don’t steal our plants sunlight, water, and nutrients. Check out this video and learn how to pull weeds properly and how to keep them from growing in the first place. To document your garden growth this summer use this journal template.
Gardening activity – lifting, raking, digging, even pulling weeds can provide all four types of exercise – endurance, flexibility, balance and strength! Don’t have a good spot for your own garden? Find a community garden near you with the American Community Gardening Association. Try getting a space ready for gardening!