Character Chats

How to define health to our kids

Hello everyone,

Our True Character chat this month is about health.  

We’re going to talk this week about how we define health to our kids.

Health is well-being in body, mind, and spirit.  

First, we ask what comes to mind when you picture someone who is healthy.  It’s a good question to ask our kids. They usually have a lot of the right answers when we ask a nice leading question like that.

When we picture somebody that is healthy, we picture somebody who eats healthy foods, somebody who exercises, drinks plenty of water, gets enough sleep… right?

When we picture somebody who’s not healthy, we picture somebody who is sick, somebody who is down, someone who is tired all the time.

Now, why is it important for somebody to be healthy? Is it important for a student to be healthy?

If you’re not healthy as a student, you’re going to have trouble learning.  You’re going to have trouble keeping up good energy and maintaining good attention. We’re going to make sure we eat right and get enough sleep to do that.

It is important for our teachers to be healthy too.  They’ve got to be on when they’re watching us, to make sure they can help us.

And it is important for our leaders to be healthy. As a leader, you have to be ready with your energy to help inspire others to do more.

Being a healthy person is such an important part of our life — especially now. There are two quick aspects about health that we can talk about.

One aspect is getting enough sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, our immune systems are compromised. It is hard for our bodies to fight off germs when we don’t get enough sleep.

It is also important for us to get enough sleep to help our concentration, right? We don’t want to take too long when we are doing our homework or our e-learning. We have to have enough sleep so we can actually get our work done. We can get it done quickly — and better — when we have enough sleep.

Another aspect of health is practicing good hygiene, so we’re always cleaning. We’re cleaning ourselves — we take our shower or bath every day and make sure we wash our hands properly. We wear a mask and use hand sanitizer when we come into the studio.

We also make sure we practice good hygiene by keeping our social distancing. We can hang out with friends, but we want to make sure we are not right next to each other.

These are all great ways to keep ourselves healthy in this season.

Thanks, and we will see you on the mat.
-Master Helsdon