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You can promote health and wellness using nutrition activities and lessons. With physical education activities and suggestions about snack times, you can help impvove the habits of the youngsters under your charge. 
One fun way to conclude a nutrition unit is to assign a project. Individuals or pairs opt to film a video, or design a poster or brochure informing others about their choice of 11 suggested nutrition topics. You might not feel that the effort to produce a video, poster, or brochure would be equal, so you could edit the main document to limit the choices or even just assign everyone the same project.
How can you choose healthier foods by reading the nutritional labels? Your class will discover how companies market food items to make them enticing and how to check the food labels of those items to see if they are healthy. They listen to a lecture and then work in small groups to practice finding nutritional information on the side of a cereal box. This lesson includes a resource link.
Study the nutrition of elderly people and how it helps them to remain independent and healthy.  Learners investigative the nutrition concerns of the elderly. MyPlate, vitamine requirements and sensory changes in the elderly are discussed. Note: The lesson would be great for 12th graders thinking about working as a CNA.
Fourth graders identify food groups, foods that fit into those groups, and look at the nutritional value of each food group. They also discover how to interpret and understand food labels. The whole class makes some burgers and fries, and puts all of the food (and condiments used) into the proper food groups to see if they are having a balanced meal. A tasty and thought-provoking lesson!
This lesson is intended as preparation for a school health fair but could be used anytime. Learners discuss and compare the nutrition found in typical snack foods. They compose investigative questions, collect data, and research a variety of snack foods. They use their findings to create an informative brochure which will be displayed at the school health fair.
Which vitamins should be ingested daily for maximum nutrition? Learners with ispecial needs or those who are pregnant focused on television and magazines advertisements that are used to sell food products. They conduct experiments and write analysis essays on their findings.
Students will have a great time learning about health and nutrition with this lesson plan. It includes a fun bingo game, survey worksheet, and a short quiz. These are great ideas to add to a nutrition unit.
Students read and interpret nutrition fact labels ("food labels") from food products, a task that involves the use of various mathematics skills (e.g., number concepts and number sense).
Students discover why the human body needs food in order to survive. In groups, they analyze advertising for the foods they eat the most and try to identify the nutritional value of them as well. They complete a worksheet showing them the correct foods to eat for proper nutrition.
Students complete activities that focus on food and nutrition. In this food lesson plan, students sort foods into healthy and not healthy, categorize them into ground and tree sorts, draw their favorite foods, make abc books of food, and more.
Fourth graders identify different food groups, identify foods belonging to each food group, and recognize the nutritional value of each food group. They interpret key portions of food labels such as: serving size, calories, fat, carbohydrates, and vitamins.

New Review My Menu Project

If you don't mind using another teacher's website, this one has a simple project that would make a nice conclusion to your nutrition unit. Using a planning worksheet and peer review, nutrition nuts create a cafe menu using healthy foods. Note that the sample completed project was created with MS Publisher, so you might not be able to view it. 
Natalie compares common food choices such as a soft drink instead of an apple, or Gatorade instead of a banana. Calorie count is juxtaposed against nutrients found in various fruits and junk food. Great visuals are provided for your nutrition or health class.
Continue learning about nutrients with Natalie! This is part two discussing what exactly nutrients are. This video discusses proteins, amino acids, and fats extensively in a scientific but straightforward way. Great for a biology or nutrition class.
Natalie explains what exactly nutrients are. Here in part one she discusses building blocks such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and water. Each is thoroughly explained in a simple, but scientific way. Use in a biology or nutrition class.
Students explore food. In this nutrition lesson, students investigate multiple facets of healthy eating and how the fast food industry impacts our society. They will participate in class discussions, read from their text-book, and watch a fast food documentary. This lesson includes assignments for a persuasive essay and a class debate, resource links for research, and worksheets.
Investigate nutrition and the food pyramid. Fifth graders will use computer software to write a paragraph about nutrition. They will then diagram the food pyramid and gather and organize a collection of healthy recipes.
How much fun can you have teaching adolescents about nutrition? Try taking them to work with preschoolers for an hour! This 4-day mini-unit about the importance of nutrition early in life culminates with a field trip. It was written for an 8th grade foods class, but can be used in home economics, health, or cooking classes. Included are links to PowerPoint presentations and accompanying worksheets.
USDA National Nutrient data is available at your fingertips! This application is a vast library of more than 8,000 nutritional labels for commonly eaten foods. Search and sort foods by a variety of categories.

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