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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.
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!
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.
Read this selection about "food deserts," places where high poverty rates limit access to healthy foods with your class. Six multiple choice questions on comprehension, inferences, vocabulary, and citing the text follow the selection and support accurate reading and discussion. Thorough explanations of each correct answer are included. A terrific resource, both for the topic of health and nutrition, and for informational text comprehension practice and test prep.
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.
Sixth graders discuss the factors of obesity. In this body health lesson, 6th graders address the causes of obesity and preventive measures. After calculating their individual Body Mass Indexes, students chart the information for the entire class. Students discuss ways to prevent weight gain, and discuss issues related to obesity.
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