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Students explore cultural perceptions regarding obesity. In this personal health lesson, students read case scenarios about 3 women and their health perceptions. Students discuss the women and the stereotypes associated with the women based on their looks and their health. Students consider their own body image.
What is obesity and what are some steps that can help? Investigate obesity by having your class read and discuss articles about obesity. Students gain knowledge about body mass index, the food pyramid, being overweight and dieting. They will also discuss how the media portrays food to kids and make a list of healthy foods and unhealthy foods in grocery store ads. Great health activity!
Kids fight obesity by comparing the USDA food intake suggestions to what they personally consume throughout the day. They watch a video, read texts, and explore related vocabulary which they use as they compose an oral presentation. Hand outs and video links are included.
Explore nutrition and healthy eating habits through this study on youth obesity. Learners watch a PBS documentary on this epidemic which discusses government programs aimed at healthier choices as well as more localized efforts. They also view 12-minute film on picky eating which delves into the science of taste. Kids brainstorm a list of the top five unhealthy snacks they love, then consider why they are so tempting. Finally, they come up with healthy alternatives to these snacks and host a tasting. As pupils visit each station, they determine how the healthy option compares to the original. Finally, incorporate math by graphing the results.
Twenty-three million American kids are overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke during childhood.
Obesity, and the health risks associated with it, are the focus of this health lesson. Begin with a discussion regarding obesity in-class, then go to the computer lab to create a PowerPoint on the risks of being obese. There are some excellent websites embedded in the plan which can be used to gather information, as well as some worksheets which will help keep thoughts organized. An important lesson in this day and age of overweight youth!
Students think about obesity. In this health lesson, students discuss the affects of obesity and evaluate the effectiveness of their school's fitness program. Students will then devise a plan to improve their school's health and fitness programs.
Students examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics lesson, students gather data regarding health and fitness in their school. Students use their findings as well as selected sources to plan and implement a health and fitness program in their school.
Young scholars compare obesity trends between states.  For this health studies lesson, students conduct research to compare and contrast obesity trends from state to state.  Young scholars view a PowerPoint presentation to determine the statistics of obesity in different states.  Students work together to create hypotheses about the reasons for the various patterns they find.  They conduct additional Internet research to support or refute their claims.o
Learners conduct Internet research, view film and participate in class discussion to identify the problem and causes of obesity in America. They evaluate the food pyramid and break down the nutritional components of fast food and frozen meals.
Students define obesity, contributions to obesity and related health risks with the disease and then create a PowerPoint presentation about the disease. Students brainstorm what they know about obesity and its risk factors. Then in small groups, students develop a PowerPoint of words, items or new information related to obesity and its risk factors they find during research.
Learners discuss concerns about obesity and related problems among American youth. They share their plans and explain what they have chosen to eat, where they obtain the food, where and when they eat, etc. They discover ways to eat healthy.
Learners examine "multiple chemical sensitivity" and how it relates to genetic variation and environmental factors. They read an article, conduct research, and identify risk factors related to chemical sensitivity, asthma, breast cancer, and obesity.
High schoolers investigate adolescent obesity and its health impact. In this health and obesity lesson plan, students research the problem, develop a survey regarding eating habits, then analyze the nutritional information on commonly eaten foods as they look for a solution to the obesity problem.
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!
Mature audiences are required for this lesson on implementing health-related policies. First, they openly explore the CDC obesity page while taking notes about what they discover. Then they view a PowerPoint about the success of public policies in different countries. Finally, they choose an issue to write about, imagining what consequences could come about if enforced. Note that the PowerPoint presentations for this lesson are not included, but they are easily located via an online search.
Scholars read articles and have a class discussion on California's efforts to fight obesity. They will read and discuss the effects of sugar on the body and the soda tax that is being proposed in California.
Young scholars examine the issue of childhood obesity. In this current events lesson, students explore the personal health issue as they discuss balanced diets, food diaries, and the 2012 London Olympics. Suggestions for classroom activities are included.
Students monitor their fitness levels for six weeks of their P.E. course through the use of an Excel spreadsheet. They also research the obesity epidemic among youth in the U.S. today, presenting their findings to the class. This lesson is a great integration of research and fitness.
Students read a story about how cartoon characters are partially to blame for American's obesity problem, and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this healthful eating lesson plan, students respond to literature by writing a persuasive essay, use a metabolism calculator to figure out how many calories they burn in a day, read a total fat chart to understand food labels, and create posters to promote healthy eating.

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