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"Youth Obesity: Schools Fight Back” Language Arts Lesson Plan
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.
7th - 12th Health CCSS: Designed
Youth Obesity: Schools Fight Back
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.
9th - 12th Health CCSS: Designed
Obesity and Its Health Risks
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.
Reading Comprehension: Obesity and Food Deserts
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.
8th - 10th Health
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.
7th - 10th Math CCSS: Designed
Health: Overweight Youth
Investigate the primary causes for the increase in overweight youth and discover its impact on the health care system. After watching segments from the Bill Moyers Now program, your students develop campaigns to implement in school that combat obesity and promote physical activity.
9th - 12th Physical Education
Culture and Obesity
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.
9th - 12th Health
What is obesity and what are some steps that can help? Investigate obesity by having your class read and discuss articles about obesity. Young scholars 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.
3rd - 5th Health
Foods, Eating Habits, and Health Concerns
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.
9th - 12th Languages
Choose Your Own Adventure: School Nutritional Policy
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.
10th - 12th Health
Fitness plan: number 3
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.
7th - 12th Physical Education
Vending Machine Bans Increase in Schools Nationwide
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.
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
I Can Balance. You Can Balance.
It's disturbing to think that one third of children born after the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes and perhaps be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents! Too many youngsters are not eating properly and are not physically active.
3rd - 5th Health
Do Something About… Eating Healthy - Day 5: Super-size Me
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.
7th - 12th Health
Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity
Lesson 7 from Do Something, Inc. of their Eating Healthy unit focuses on BMI - body mass index. There is a link for your learners to calculate where they fall on the BMI spectrum. They can click on the website and enter their birthdate and current weight.
9th - 12th Health
White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Students think about obesity. In this health instructional activity, 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.
7th - 12th Health
Meredith Vieira explains how our children are "eating themselves to death." Bad nutrition combined with a sedentary lifestyle leads to dangerous diseases. Dave Zinzenko, the editor of Men's Health, talks about his journey out of childhood obesity, followed by a family who decides to lose weight altogether.
9 mins 9th - 12th Health
Soda to be Absent from Schools
Students read statements about nutrition, then read a news article about an agreement that eliminates sodas from schools. In this nutrition and current events lesson, the teacher introduced the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion.
2nd - 6th Social Studies & History