Servings and Choices

This Servings and Choices lesson plan also includes:

An important part of balancing caloric intake to energy expenditure is knowing how many Calories you are consuming. In the fifth of a seven-instructional activity series on food and energy, learners estimate their daily caloric intake, then use a handout to find the foods they typically consume in a day, and finally, add up the Calories to get a daily total to compare to their estimates. The activity is wrapped up by having kids think about how they could make healthier choices when it comes to eating. 

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Pros

  • Real-world application makes the activity more engaging
  • Helps kids take more personal accountability for their eating habits
Cons

  • Be aware of kids who may be sensitive about their weight 
  • Limited food selection on handout; if you have access to a computer lab, learners could go straight to the USDA website listed in the extensions section