Nutritional Challenges

This Nutritional Challenges activity & project also includes:

Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially for people with special dietary needs. After learning about standard nutritional needs for adults, learners take on the role of a dietician and work together to create a menu for one of the following unique nutritional needs:

  • High blood pressure
  • Vegetarian
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High performance athletes
  • Astronauts
By examining the special dietary restrictions for their assigned person, groups determine how to ensure a balanced menu while taking into account the unique issues facing their assigned nutritional specialty. Additionally, each child keeps a food diary to get in touch with his/her own caloric intake. To see what the lesson might look like, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Helps learners be more understanding of people with dietary restrictions
  • Real-world applications
  • Fun and engaging activity
Cons

  • Food log is not recommended for anyone with an eating disorder
NGSS