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Best Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Apps for Kids

These health-focused apps, games, and sites give kids the straight dope on a host of essential and often taboo topics about bodies. Students can use these tools to look up nutrition facts, learn about diseases, and ask questions about sex. They'll also be moving: practicing yoga, enhancing motor skills through teamwork, and analyzing sports techniques. Whether it's in physical education (PE) and health class or in core content areas like science, students are sure to find the vital information they need to stay energized and active. 

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Super Stretch Yoga HD

Appealing videos inspire kids to move their bodies in new ways

Bottom line: No-stress introduction to 12 yoga poses and the importance of good breathing captures kids' attention and gets them moving.


Shake up SEL lessons with music and movement

Bottom line: Fun for students, easy for teachers, QuaverSEL uses the power of music to boost social and emotional learning.


Brief bursts of physical exercise add classroom fun, build brainpower

Bottom line: In a genre of its own, GoNoodle is a ready-to-go, classroom-friendly exercise program that challenges students to get moving.


Relaxing and serene app helps incorporate peace into daily life

Bottom line: If you're looking for a captivating app to teach relaxation and calming skills to students, Calm is an essential tool to add to your toolbox.


Track daily habits to recognize and improve work-life balance

Bottom line: This is an easy way to get a feel for how good you feel about your work, but without suggestions for positive change, the onus is on teachers to figure out how to improve their situation.

My Food - Nutrition for Kids

Fun activities serve bite-sized lessons about food and nutrition

Bottom line: A tool that inspires kids to eat healthy, making it fun to learn about nutrition.

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BrainPOP Jr.

Original videos and activities a treasure trove for teachers and students

Bottom line: A unique, video-driven learning platform with tons of topics and resources.

Mind Yeti

Calming program with cute characters helps center kids

Bottom line: If you're someone who needs mindfulness-based approaches, Mind Yeti's characters could be the right fit.

Pilot Light

Cross-curricular learning baked in to relatable, food-related lessons

Bottom line: These free, food-based lessons successfully span subjects and encourage connections to home.

Unruly Splats

Game-making platform fuses coding and physical play

Bottom line: This platform could appear gimmicky at first, but in practice it blends SEL, movement, collaboration, and STEM learning in clever, compelling ways.

Coach's Eye - Video Analysis

Robust video analysis for sports, science, fine arts performances

Bottom line: Cool video-analysis tool is great for the sports field and beyond, but prepare for an onslaught of hidden costs to access all features.

I Got This: An Interactive Story

Interactive story explores diabetes health issues, lacks depth

Bottom line: A kid-friendly way to teach an important message about healthy living, but a missed opportunity to fully engage kids with assessment or gameplay.

Monster Heart Medic

Brilliant medical sim engages kids, promotes heart-healthy lifestyle

Bottom line: Fun, engaging adventure teaches kids about the cardiovascular system, medical diagnostics, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Space Chef

Nutrition game presents healthy foods and good habits, little else

Bottom line: Space Chef introduces students to healthy ingredients and recipes in a fun way, but important facts and rationales are separate from the game itself.


Guided lessons focus on the brain, encourage a growth mindset

Bottom line: Wonderful, easy-to-use lessons spur self-reflection and a growth mindset in students.


Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short video lessons

Bottom line: TED-Ed includes excellent, engaging videos and support for flipped-class lessons with an incredible community of thinkers and doers.


Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.


Quirky, fact-filled videos help adults answer kids' sex-ed questions

Bottom line: An appealing, approachable collection of resources that help teachers and caregivers field kids' tough questions about puberty, relationships, and more.

Center for Young Women's Health

Maturely covers difficult physical and mental health issues

Bottom line: Girls can go here to get answers on health and wellness issues that affect them.

Young Men's Health

Straightforward health info; no-frills site could do more to engage

Bottom line: It's a smart place to find accurate, no-nonsense health guides for young men, but don't expect many engaging features.

Calm Harm - Manages Self Harm

Immediate help for teens struggling with harmful urges

Bottom line: Powerful therapeutic tool teaches positive coping skills and mental wellness.

Sex, Etc.

Reliable, unbiased sex ed site keeps it real for teens

Bottom line: An engaging and informative destination for sex ed teachers and students.

Solve the Outbreak

Become a disease detective -- read clues, analyze data, save lives

Bottom line: Solve the Outbreak is a free, engaging resource that teaches kids about disease control and prevention.

Go Ask Alice!

Great health website answers teens' icky questions

Bottom line: Go Ask Alice! delivers an encyclopedic amount of health information in a relatable voice.

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