A healthy eating plan includes foods that supply the amounts and types of nutrients the body needs to be healthy. Learn how to make smart "healthy" food choices while creating a balanced diet.
This lesson is designed to get students thinking about and integrating healthy food choices into their daily diet. Factors influencing food choices will be discussed and analyzed. The benefits of implementing a healthy diet early and the effects this wellness routine will have on their future health will be outlined. Negative food habits such as mindless snacking will be discussed and snack choice will be compared and contrasted. Portion vs serving size will also be illustrated. Students will then learn strategies to increase the level of nutrition in their own diets.
The first activity demonstrates two factors which can affect food choice: The advertising and marketing of unhealthy and healthy foods, and the science behind foods.
After a brief lecture students are instructed to create a personal balanced menu plan implementing The Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Teacher note: The target audience for this lesson is 11th grade students who have had prior instruction in Nutrition Basics and teacher guided tour of MyPlate.gov.