Let’s introduce the idea of checking ingredient lists and encourage students to set personal healthy food and drink goals.
The lessons in this unit help kids to understand that food is fuel. Food is what you eat and drink to give your body energy to move and think. Rather than classifying foods as good or bad, encourage children to stop and think, then choose the best fuel (i.e., foods that supply nutrition and energy, rather than empty calories).
You can extend a lesson with videos from the fit video series, What Food Does for Your Body. Each video (see the Extend the Lesson section of this page) highlights a food group or category, and serves as a great resource to introduce or review the benefits of eating a variety of foods.
For more information on healthy eating, go to ChoseMyPlate.gov.
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Show What You Know About Healthy SnacksChoose the best fuel for each rocket.
Share the Differences Between Healthy and Unhealthy Snacks
Review key points:
Check for understanding: How do you think your food?
Illustrate Your Healthy Choices
Students create a poster to show others their healthy food choices. While students area creating their posters, lead a discussion about asking for help with food choices. Do they ever need help? Who do they talk to ? What do they say?
Option: Download My Choices to use as the poster template.
Challenge students to make healthy snack choices. For example, snack on fruits or vegetables instead of cookies or chips. Drink water or milk instead of soda, juice, or sports drinks.
Keep encouraging students to share healthy snack and meal ideas when they find them and highlight ones you find, such as a fun dip for veggies or a fruit that comes into season. After snack and lunch times at school, comment on how you or students are fueled up and ready for what’s next in the day.
Time: 20 Minutes