Diabetes has become a National Epidemic. 9.4% of the American population or 30.3 million people had diabetes. It is just as high amongst our senior citizens. It is expected that 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed annually. 193,000 under the age of 20 are diagnosed with diabetes. And finally, of those diagnosed with diabetes over 55% are minorities.
Educating our youth will help reduce the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and $327 billion in total costs to the economy. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
Throughout the course of this project, students will learn about the 3 main types of diabetes, their causes and effects, as well as possible treatment. Students will interview friends and family to get a "real" story they may relate with. Finally, students will learn how to create a healthy plate using governmental guidelines.
Lesson #1: Students will learn about diabetes and its complications to the human body.
Lesson #2: Students will learn that changes in diet and exercise can lead to big positive results.
Lesson #3: Students will learn what an unhealthy plate is, then ending in a game of Diabetes Jeopardy.
Lesson #4: Students will learn about portions and how to design a "healthy plate".
This project is brought to you by Dominick Copas (CTE) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Laura.