This article is intended to be an introduction to the tools and resources that SparkTeens offers so that you as an educator can see what is available. As you might already know (if you're already a SparkPeople.com member), we offer numerous tools and resources that every member, including personalized fitness and nutrition plans.
Because all of our services are completely free of charge, we do not have the resources to offer training or support with the set-up and administration of your program. But we have tried to provide extensive online resources to help answer many of the questions you might have.
Here are some links that might be useful while setting up your program or introducing your students to SparkTeens:
As an approved adult member of SparkTeens, you will have access to the many Community and Content resources that you can share with your students. These three main features will probably be the most useful for educators who want to create and manage a student wellness program.
1. SparkTeams are the primary way that educators can communicate with their students after both parties join SparkTeens. As a SparkTeam leader, you can set Team goals (to earn a certain number of SparkPoints each month, for example), issue challenges (encourage 8 cups of water a day or 5 servings of fresh produce, for example), and communicate with Team members (send an information SparkMail or post a health-related assignment, for example). Your Team can even have friendly competitions with other SparkTeams—such as other schools and classes—on our leaderboards. Some additional SparkTeams features include:
SparkTeens Teacher/Student Program
An Overview of Using SparkTeens with Your Students
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