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New! Body Mass Index (BMI)
How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Your class members will discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but in the process they will also learn valuable skills of interpreting information, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.
What's My BMI?
Students construct the Metric Pyramid from the handout. They use the Metric Pyramid to convert from standard to metric measure and vice versa. They compute their own Body Mass Index.
Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity
Lesson 7 from Do Something, Inc. of their Eating Healthy unit focuses on BMI - body mass index. There is a link for your learners to calculate where they fall on the BMI spectrum. They can click on the website and enter their birthdate and current weight. Using this information, a calculation will be made. This might help kids think a little more about their eating and exercising habits. Perhaps they will even consider making changes to their lifestyle.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Learners study body mass index and how to calculate it to analyze their weight. They discuss risk factors for heart disease, ways to burn calories, and healthy ways to lose weight. After viewing slides, they discuss tips to losing weight, how to calculate BMI, and determine a healthy weight range.
What is BMI?
Learners calculate their body mass index (BMI) and research BMI. In this weight and health lesson, students measure their height and weight and use the BMI formula from the CDC website to calculate their BMI. They research BMI, how it relates to chronic health problems, and their own BMI status.
Class members participate in a discussion, read a newspaper article, and participate in activities meant to open their eyes to the problem of obesity in the US. There are resource links, electronic worksheets, and teacher's notes to help you implement the lesson plan in class. This is a terrific tool for encouraging a healthy balance between diet and exercise, as well as practice in building scientific literacy!
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Healthy Body Image: A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students
This is a very valuable lesson for middle schoolers on the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through diet, exercise, and positive mentality. The resource includes four lesson plans. The first two plans outline the physical growth and development of adolescents (changes in height, weight, and weight distribution) and prompts learners to question the ideal body image projected in advertisements and in the media. The last two lesson plans consider the major tenets of healthy diet and activity.
BMI: Body Mass Indicator
Students discover their body weight and composition. In this health lesson, students use a body mass indicator to identify their percentage of body fat. Students develop an exercise plan and record progress throughout a month.
How Much Do You Weigh?
First graders calculate their class weight. For this nutrition lesson, 1st graders discuss health statistics and how they relate to obesity and malnutrition. Students measure their height, weight and body mass index and record it.
Is Your Weight Affecting Your Health?
Teenagers assess their body size using BMI. They calculate their own BMI and determine their percentile rankings on a growth chart. Finally, they discuss how being overweight can put an individual at risk for developing chronic health problems.
How Much Do You Burn?
Sixth graders discover their weight relative to the other children in their class. They determine how many calories they burn through exercise and compare it with their classmates. Using the internet, they calculate their body mass index and organize their information on a spreadsheet.
Diabetes: A National Epidemic
Students investigate the disease of diabetes. They observe research results to graph the trends of diabetes to contribute to the problem of being overweight. They explain in class discussion the physiological changes that occur in the body of a person who has diabetes.
What am I? (Calculating Body-Mass Index)
Students investigate the importance interpreting formulas. In this algebra lesson, students calculate their percentages of body fat and use it to make better nutritional intake decision. They learn healthier ways to-eat and reduce their BMI.
White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Students calculate their body mass index and evaluate their personal eating and exercise habits. In this health science lesson, students record everything they eat for a week. They devise a new meal and exercise plan based on data collected.
My Personal Menu
Students examine health and weight concerns. For this health studies lesson, students use their BMI and BMR calculations to determine weight gain, loss, or maintenance goals. Students use formulas to determine the appropriate amount of calories needed to reach their goal. Based on their personal goals, students create a diet plan for the week and track their weight loss, gain, or maintenance.
Students explore body mass index, calculate theirs, compare theirs to Canadian guidelines, and discuss possible reasons for being underweight.
Essential Nutrients - Daily Guides
Students study the food categories supporting the selection of foods providing the six basic nutrients that keep the body healthy.
Why Size Matters
Young scholars examine the concept of body image. In this current events instructional activity, students research selected websites for information about fashion models, plastic surgery, and advertising. Young scholars share and discuss their findings.
Nutrition (Weight Management)
Seventh graders explore nutrition and the effect it has by participating in class discussions. In this diet and exercise lesson, 7th graders analyze print advertisements and discuss how unrealistic their expectations are and how false the imagery truly is. Students research body vocabulary and complete a worksheet based on body composition.