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Nutrition Awareness for High Schoolers

This collection provides resources which focus on food and nutrition. Educators who want to enable students to navigate nutrition labels, think critically about their food choices, and perhaps be inspired to take on a new interest in gardening or cooking will find useful information here. The content is most appropriate for high school freshmen and sophomores.
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Nutrition Awareness for High Schoolers
  • Billy McGrath says:
    I like The Nutrition Diva's podcast because it's short and sweet. This episode is particularly relevant to nutrition awareness there are several others as well (you can get the podcast elsewhere but I like that it provides the transcript too). Teachers can use this as a resource to stay informed or provide directly to students.
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    Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

    60 minute read
    Billy McGrath says:
    If you are truly passionate about Nutritional Awareness and want up to date information, this U.S. Government report has all the details. If you don't have time to wade through the details, the executive summary is still worth a read, it covers multiple topics of interest including current trends, health outcomes, and food environment. The report is a bit dense for most students, but teachers will find the information interesting and useful when planning lessons.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    Ron Finley is a man on a mission, to get people eating healthy and eliminate food deserts. This video showcases his work and his viewpoints, he is an inspiring man of action, who gets things done. I like this because it really shows students that in the end their eating habits and food sources can be under their control. Be warned there is mild use of the word "shit", but I find most high school students can handle this.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    This page provides a brief history of food labeling. It can be a little jarring when students first learn that there can be an acceptable amount of "unavoidable poisonous substances" in food but I think that is what makes this bit of history interesting and relevant. I usually ask students to write down their favorite and most surprising moments in food history and share.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    In less than 2 minutes this YouTube video covers the basic benefits and effects of coffee. I like it because it is short and to the point making it easy to integrate into other lesson plans.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    Do your students love Flamin Hot Cheetos? Have they ever seen a real flaming Hot Cheeto? By the end of this activity they will! This is a fun way to talk about nutrition labels with a real demonstration of calories at the end via lighting a chip on fire. I try to do the activity with a variety of chips of about the same size so students can test to see if high calorie chips really do burn longer.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    This lesson plan provides a guide for having a discussion about GMO foods. It is centered around a short video clip from a documentary but also includes a quiz and some external resources.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    This webpage is an easy to follow guide for understanding nutrition labels.
  • Billy McGrath says:
    Golden Rice is a GMO rice designed to develop extra nutrients to help people, especially low income people and countries, eat a balanced diet. I like using this website in a compare and contrast lesson to examine the benefits and cost of organic food vs GMO food.
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