Health and Development (PF)

Fourth grade students are learning to identify indicators of mental, social, and physical health during childhood. Students at this age establish the basic health promotion and disease prevention skills and should be able to apply them in their individual lives, including:

  • Community/environmental health
  • Consumer health
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Human growth and development
  • Nutrition
  • Family life
  • Safety and first aid
  • Personal health
  • Mental health
  • Drug abuse prevention

The students should also gain an understanding about the importance of participation in physical activity.

Normal growth, supported by good nutrition, adequate sleep, and regular exercise is one of the best overall indicators of your child’s good health. At this age, there continues to be a wide range of “normal” regarding height, weight, and shape.

Children tend to get taller at a pretty steady pace, growing about 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters) each year. When it comes to weight, though, kids often start gaining weight faster at around 8 to 9 years of age.

KidsHealth asserts that there are several things parents can do to help ensure that their child grows and develops normally. Make sure he or she gets the following, which are critical to overall health and wellness:

  • Enough rest – Sleep patterns vary by age and individual child, but most kids need an average of 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Sleep gives growing bodies the rest they need to continue growing properly.
  • Proper nutrition – A balanced diet full of essential vitamins and minerals will help your child reach his or her full growth potential.
  • Adequate exercise – Because obesity is a growing problem in kids, parents should make sure that their children exercise regularly, as well as receive proper nutrition. Bicycling, hiking, in-line skating, sports, or any enjoyable activity that will motivate your kid to get moving will promote good health and fitness and help your child maintain a healthy weight.