GO, SLOW, WHOA!

Objective

Objective
Learn the three We Can! food categories (GO, SLOW, and WHOA) and how to recognize foods that are the better choices for a healthy body.
Key Teaching Messages
GO foods can be eaten anytime (most often)—they are lowest in fat, added sugar, and calories. Examples: fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
SLOW foods should be eaten sometimes (less often at most several times a week)—they are higher in fat, added sugar, and/or calories. Examples: 100% fruit juice, pancakes, and baked chips.
WHOA foods can be eaten only once in a while (least often)—they are very high in fat and/or added sugar, and are much higher in calories. Examples: French fries, doughnuts, fried chicken, candy, and fried potato chips.
Performance Standards
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Identify how the family influences personal health practices and behaviors.
Identify healthy behaviors that impact personal health.

Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade
Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5a
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5c
Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4
Reading Literature: Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
GO foods should be eaten often; SLOW foods should be eaten sometimes; and WHOA foods should be eaten sparingly.
Limit the availability and accessibility of high-fat, high-density/low nutrient foods in the home.
Increase availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the home.
Balance energy in and energy out.
Limit the availability and accessibility of sugar-sweetened beverages.
GO, SLOW, WHOA can be confusing to young children. They sometimes confuse GO foods that are good to eat all the time, like apples, with WHOA foods that they would like to eat all the time, like candy. Act out how one might feel sick after eating too many WHOA foods,and how good one can feel after eating GO foods.
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Music & Movement
The Fruit Song: Go Bananas
This is our trademark song! It’s part of every Wellness Training session we do and everyone loves it. It’s especially great for this lesson because the word Go reinforces the concept of GO foods.
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Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
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Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
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Health Demonstration
Go Slow Whoa Demo
The comparison between a stoplight and GO, SLOW, WHOA can be tricky. Emphasize that green is for GO foods, yellow for SLOW foods, and red does not mean stop but WHOA, for once in a while foods.
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Art
Stoplight Collage
Stoplight Collage
Stoplight Collage
Materials
  • Crayons or markers
  • GO, SLOW, WHOA food images printed
  • GO, SLOW, WHOA image printed on oak tag
  • Glue
  • Popsicle sticks

Instructions
  1. Distribute stoplight printout to each child. Color in the traffic light: Red at the top, yellow in the middle, green at the bottom.
  2. Tell the children that green is GO, yellow is SLOW, and red is WHOA.
  3. Distribute food image printout to each child. Help children identify foods in each group (GO, SLOW, WHOA) and color them in.
  4. Glue foods onto the proper section of the stoplight.
  5. Glue a popsicle stick at the bottom of the collage as a post.

Alternate Project
Materials
  • Glue stick
  • GO, SLOW, WHOA food image templates
  • Stop light template
  • Markers or crayons

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Having children visually place the different food types on the stoplight helps reinforce the meaning of the words. The GO, SLOW, WHOA positions on the stoplight help to bring the message home.
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Literacy
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Overview
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, helps children see the consequences of eating unhealthy foods while encouraging healthy eating and portion control.
Vocabulary
Calendar Words: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Math Words: Counting, one, two, three, four, five, little, tiny, big, fat, small, weeks
Descriptive Words: hungry, stomachache, big, fat, small, beautiful
Action Words: pop, lay
Challenge Word: cocoon
Alternate Books
Sweet as a Strawberry
by Sally Smallwood
Gregory, the Terrible Eater
by Mitchell Sharmat
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is excellent for stimulating discussion about the different food types, as the caterpillar first eats GO foods and then goes on to eat WHOA foods. Children often see themselves in the caterpillar.
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Did You Know?
 
Did you know that a blueberry muffin is a cupcake in disguise?
A blueberry muffin has lots of added sugar and fat, which makes it a WHOA food - a cupcake in disguise.
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Activities
Sing and dance to Grand Old Duke of York, Shake Your Sillies Out, or Hokey-Pokey. Follow exercise with a hydrating, nutritious smoothie: blend ice, strawberries, and fat-free or low-fat milk.
Based on “Duck, Duck, Goose,” use your nutrition knowledge to think of a WHOA food and a GO replacement. Remember: Healthy choices give you more energy to run around the circle! Follow with a glass of cold water and apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon.
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Recipes
Add blueberries to oat cereal in fat-free or low-fat milk.
An apple and a glass of fat-free or low-fat milk.
Fat-free or low-fat yogurt with strawberries and bananas.
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Printables
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New Words
  • New Words

  • Fresh
  • Go
  • Slow
  • Whoa

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  • GO, SLOW, WHOA!
    One of the things that's great about the GO SLOW WHOA lesson is that it generates a discussion about what actually in a go, slow or whoa food. Children can bring in their own snack food and as a group they can decide what category it fits into.
    Dawn Marcoccia 1 months ago
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  • I agree, it allows kids to discuss and share their favorite healthy foods and they can help suggest menu ideas with healthy foods.
    Jeanne Dotson 1 months ago
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  • GO, SLOW, WHOA!
    The state guidelines have changed and Home care providers are not allowed to serve milk for snack. Would you please consider making snack ideas without milk.
    Jeanne Dotson 1 months ago
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  • GO, SLOW, WHOA!
    What are your family's favorite Go foods?
    Susan Lim 1 months ago
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  • GO, SLOW, WHOA!
    my kids are infants and was unable to work with the bones lesson. I did it myself,what I did was sing the song for the kids,who was clapping and dancing along.carolyn orr.
    Carolyn. 1 months ago
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  • GO, SLOW, WHOA!
    My kids loved adding fruit to their yogurt! Thanks for the tip!
    Susan Lim 1 months ago
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