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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.
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 activity in class. This is a terrific tool for encouraging a healthy balance between diet and exercise, as well as practice in building scientific literacy!
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.
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!
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.
Young scholars examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics instructional activity, students gather data regarding health and fitness in their school. Young scholars 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. In 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
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 activity are many links to related articles as well as notes to the teacher suggesting warm-ups and questions to pose to the class.
Seventh graders investigate overeating and personal health by researching obesity facts. For 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.
What does serving size and portion control have to do with 60% of Americans being overweight? Well frankly, quite a bit. Read some information that talks about portion size and childhood obesity. Take a look at what serving sizes should be according to the food pyramid guidelines. Discuss what can be done to prevent obesity; it is all related to the food choices one makes throughout life. There are 10 lessons in this unit from Do Something, Inc. Well worth the time.
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.
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.
Learners find a linear model to fit a set of data. In this finding a linear model to fit a set of data lesson plan, students graph obesity data of Americans. Learners find a regression line of the data. Students make predictions of expected results in the future based on their linear model.