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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.
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!
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. 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.
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. 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!
New! 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. 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.
White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Students think about obesity. For 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.
White House Campaign on Childhood Obesity
Students examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics instructional activity, 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.
Fighting Obesity in Adolescence
Students 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.
Get Educated During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Twenty-three million American kids are overweight and at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke during childhood.
Obesity in Our World Today
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.
Making Changes to Combat Obesity
The learners identify factors that cause individuals to become overweight, research obesity trends in the U.S., identify health risks of being overweight, and devise a plan to establish life long healthy habits.
A State of 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
Obesity, Eating Habits and Weight Loss
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.
The Care and Feeding of Kids: Finding Information on Nutrition and Fitness
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 plan are many links to related articles as well as notes to the teacher suggesting warm-ups and questions to pose to the class.
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.
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. 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.
Using Pop Art Imagery to Inspire Healthy Eating
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.
The USA's Expanding Weight Problem
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.
Risk Factor Roulette
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.