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Power Panther Pals

What is Power Panther Pals?
What is Power Panther Pals?
Power Panther and Wellness Policies
How does Power Panther Pals fit into my school’s wellness policy?
Why kids need Power Panther Pals
Why do Kansas kids need Power Panther Pals?
Who can participate?
Who can participate?
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What is Power Panther Pals?

Power Panther Pals is an 8-week health education program for elementary students. Power Panther Pals encourages students to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; to eat more low-fat foods and calcium-rich foods, and to be physically active.

Two levels of Power Panther Pals to target elementary students. Power Panther Pals Primary is designed for students in grades K-2 and Power Panther Pals Intermediate is designed for students in grades 3-5.

Recipes for cooking and tasting activities accompany the weekly lessons. Power Panther Pals has been enthusiastically received by teachers and students alike.  Students now learn to prepare and then enjoy eating a variety of recipes featuring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Kansas Team Nutrition is not currently offering sub-grant funds and materials for Power Panther Pals, however, program materials may still be downloaded from the link below and used at any time!

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How does Power Panther Pals fit into my school’s wellness policy?

Power Panther Pals is designed to address multiple areas of the Kansas School Wellness Policy Model Guidelines.  Participating students receive 8-12 hours of health education with topics that include:

  • Proper hand washing
  • Importance of drinking adequate water
  • Food groups
  • Importance of eating a variety of foods
  • Serving sizes
  • Relationship of food intake (energy input) and physical activity (energy output)
  • Nutrition Facts Label reading
  • Choosing healthful foods using cafeteria meals, vended items and a la carte items as examples
  • Basic food preparation skills.

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Why do Kansas kids need Power Panther Pals?

The incidence of obesity among children has been rapidly increasing in the United States.  The percentage of children who are overweight has more than doubled since 1980, and that percentage has more than tripled among adolescents.  Although children have fewer weight-related health problems than adults, overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults.  Overweight and obese adults are at risk for a number of health problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.  In addition to the physical health problems, overweight and obese students are also at risk of developing low self-esteem and self-blame as students must live in a society that continues to stigmatize this condition.  These psychological conditions may manifest themselves as impairments in students’ academic success or social functioning.

It can be difficult to appreciate just how significant overweight and obesity can be in children, especially since many weight-related health problems do not develop in childhood; however, there are a number of nutrition-related factors that can have a considerable impact in the classroom.  Studies have shown that “poor dietary choices, inadequate nutrient intake, and morning fasting have been linked to lower motivation and attentiveness in school, as well as lower academic performance.” 

Academic achievement and student health are directly connected.  Studies have found a link between physical activity, nutrition and improvements in test scores for students: “… research evidence has concluded that physical activity and nutrition significantly affect student achievement.”  Power Panther Pals provides an opportunity for educators to address both improved nutrition and physical activity habits to ensure that Kansas' students have every opportunity to achieve optimal health and academic success. 

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Who can participate?

The program can be implemented in regular classrooms, after-school programs, or in a specific subject-matter class (such as PE or Science).  Participating students must be enrolled in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.

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Download Power Panther Pals Materials
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Primary Materials:

2012-13 Primary Level Implementation Manual - PDF
2014-15 Primary Level Implementation Manual
Primary Level Student Activity Book - PDF
2014-15 Primary Level Student Activity Book
   
Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 1 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 1
Week 2 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 2
Week 3 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 3
Week 4 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 4
Week 5 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 5
Week 6 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 6
Week 7 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 7
Week 8 - Primary PowerPoint Slides
Week 8
 
Primary Parent Newsletters
Primary Parent Newsletter 1 - PDF
Newsletter 1
Primary Parent Newsletter 2 - PDF
Newsletter 2
Primary Parent Newsletter 3 - PDF
Newsletter 3
Primary Parent Newsletter 4 - PDF
Newsletter 4
   
Additional Primary Materials
Alphabet Letters Relaty Activities - MS Word
Alphabet Relay Race Letters

Intermediate Materials:
2012-2013 Intermediate Level Implementation Manual - PDF
2014-15 Intermediate Level Implementation Manual
2012-2013 Intermediate Level Student Activity Book - PDF
2014-15 Intermediate Level Student Activity Book
   
Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 1 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 1
Week 2 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 2
Week 3 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 3
Week 4 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 4
Week 5 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 5
Week 6 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 6
Week 7 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 7
Week 8 - Intermediate PowerPoint Slides
Week 8
   
Intermediate Parent Newsletters
Intermediate Parent Newsletter 1 - PDF
Newsletter 1
Intermediate Parent Newsletter 2
Newsletter 2
Intermediate Parent Newsletter 3 - PDF
Newsletter 3
Intermediate Parent Newsletter 4 - PDF
Newsletter 4
   
Additional Intermediate Materials
Alphabet Relay Race Letters
Alphabet Relay Race Letters
   

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