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  • 1. the FOODPyramid Steps to a healthier you
  • 2. Eating Right Every Day Briefly describe the point of this lesson, which is that the class will be learning about the relationship between good nutrition and health.
  • 3. The Food PyramidSteps to a healthier you GRAINS VEGETABLES FRUITS OILS MILK MEAT & BEANS
  • 4. Grains Make half of your grains whole List a few examples of grains that are plentiful in your area. Discuss how much children should eat every day and when they might have them. Together, research and discuss the health benefits of grains. Encourage children to list foods that they like from this food group.
  • 5. Vegetables Vary your veggies List a few examples of vegetables that are plentiful in your area. Discuss how much children should eat every day and when they might have them. Together, research and discuss the health benefits of vegetables. Encourage children to list foods that they like from this food group.
  • 6. Fruits Focus on fruits List a few examples of fruits that are plentiful in your area. Discuss how much children should eat every day and when they might have them. Together, research and discuss the health benefits of fruits. Encourage children to list foods that they like from this food group.
  • 7. Oils Know your fats List a few examples of oils and fats. Discuss how much children should eat daily and what foods contain oils and fats. Together, research and discuss the health benefits associated with the different kinds of oils and fats. Encourage children to list foods that they like from this food group.
  • 8. Milk Get your calcium rich foods List a few examples of milk products. Discuss how much children should eat daily and when they might have them. Together, research and discuss the health benefits of milk products. Encourage children to list foods that they like from this food group.
  • 9. Meat and Beans Go lean on protein List a few examples of meat and bean products that are plentiful in your area. Discuss how much children should eat daily and when they might have them. Together, research and discuss the health benefits of meat and beans. Encourage children to list foods that they like from this food group.
  • 10. Discretionary Calories Extras for luxury foods What are discretionary calories? Discuss how many discretionary calories children should eat every day. Solicit class feedback for examples of ways to use discretionary calories.
  • 11. Physical Activity Strive for 60 minutes or more per day What is physical activity? Discuss moderate vs. vigorous activity. Solicit class feedback for examples of moderate and vigorous activities.
  • 12. Eat Well and Stay Healthy! Encourage children to use the MyPyramid Worksheet, for a week, and to eat their favorite foods in each group to meet their daily requirements. Download the worksheet here: MyPyramid Worksheet. Discuss their findings at the end of the week. How might each child eat more healthfully?
  • 13. Conclusion Summarize the health benefits of each food group. Encourage children to do research on any new finding about food and health. Encourage children to continue keeping a food diary. Encourage children to strive for 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Ask your school nurse or doctor to visit the class to share facts about food and health on an ongoing basis.