Obesity Teacher Resources
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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 in class. This is a terrific tool for encouraging a healthy balance between diet and exercise, as well as practice in building scientific literacy!
Students explore cultural perceptions regarding obesity. In this personal health instructional activity, 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.
Young scholars think about obesity. In this health lesson, students discuss the affects of obesity and evaluate the effectiveness of their school's fitness program. Young scholars 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.
Learners understand the physical and cultural reasons for the growing rate of obesity in kids. They learn new ways to maintain and promote personal health through exercise and healthy eating.
Seventh graders investigate overeating and personal health by researching obesity facts. In this healthy eating lesson, 7th graders research the Internet for facts about youth obesity and the causes of ailments such as diabetes. Students complete an obesity causes chart with the help of their classmates and participate in a healthy living discussion.
Students compare obesity trends between states. In this health studies lesson, students conduct research to compare and contrast obesity trends from state to state. Students 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
Students 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.
Does a ban on vending machines infringe on student rights, or do school officials have an obligation to monitor foods sold on school grounds? Your class members will explore the educational, health, and financial issues related to vending machines on school campuses. Informational texts include facts on nutrition and obesity, how vending contracts and fundraising work, and the rising tide of vending machine bans in schools nationwide. Learners will conclude by writing persuasive essays stating their opinions on the issue.
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Take a health-conscious approach to math and predict obesity in 2015 based on current data. Your learners can calculate their prediction through different methods and should be ready to discuss what factors can contribute to obesity. Solution methods include linear regression, graphing, creating a table, and proportional relationships. The activity provides follow-up questions that encourage discussion on solution methods and ways to live a healthier lifestyle.
The Learning Network is featuring an article about First Lady Michelle Obama and her quest to help reduce childhood obesity in America. The article talks about how she has talked with the top three suppliers of school lunches and has gotten them to agree to reduce the amounts of fats, sugars, and salt over the next five years. She has been working with an array of partners to promote healthy eating and more activity among children. Included in this lesson are many links to related articles as well as notes to the teacher suggesting warm-ups and questions to pose to the class.
Twenty-three million American kids are overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke during childhood.
Students 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.
Create a visual art project about obesity. In this art lesson, 8th graders research and explain the importance of eating healthy and exercise. They document their eating habits in their journal and analyze it.
Students find a linear model to fit a set of data. In this finding a linear model to fit a set of data lesson, students graph obesity data of Americans. Students find a regression line of the data. Students make predictions of expected results in the future based on their linear model.
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.
Students 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.