By Guilderland Elementary School Cathy Beadnell, Mark Gonnelly, Stacey Kirk, Tara Molloy-Grocki , KathyOboyski-Butler Healthy Food Choices Next
Hi , my name is Gregory. Have you ever read my book Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat? In this book I learn about being a healthy eater. Please come with me as I teach you how you can make healthy choices also ! Next
What would you like to learn about today? NUTRITION LABELS FOOD GROUPS FOOD PYRAMID Main Menu Bibliography
Hello! My name is Gregory, and my parents once thought I was a terrible eater. Let me show you the foods that I ate, and you will see that I was not a terrible eater after all! Next
Did you know that foods can be broken into groups? We call these groups the food groups. Follow me and discover what foods belong in each group. Next
When I eat food from this group, it gives my body energy to work and play. Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta Rice Pasta Bread Cereal Next
This group has a lot of vitamins and minerals. My body needs plenty of these to stay healthy. Vitamins and minerals help my body fight sickness. Fruits and Vegetables Grapes Fruits Carrots Vegetables Broccoli Next
This group gives my body an important mineral called calcium. My bones and teeth need calcium to stay healthy. Milk and Milk Products Yogurt Cheese Ice Cream Milk Products Next
These foods have protein. Protein helps my body grow. Protein keeps my body working well. Meat, Chicken, Beans and Eggs Grilled Fish Grilled Meat Beans Eggs Turkey Next
Now let’s see if you can pick out which food belongs in each group. I will show you pictures of foods, and you need to pick which one does not belong in the group. Next
Let’s start with the Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group . Which one of these foods does not belong in this group?
Now you can try the Fruits and Vegetables . Which food does not belong?
Next, try the Milk and Milk Products. Which food does not belong?
Now for our last group! Remember the Meat, Chicken, Fish and Bean Group . Which one of these foods does not belong?
Remember the Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group . Look at the foods here before you go back and try again. Back
Remember the Fruits and Vegetables. Look here before you try again. Back
Remember the Milk and Milk Products . Look at these pictures before you try again. Back
Remember the Meat, Chicken, Beans, and Group . Look carefully before you try again. Back
Fantastic! You did a great job. You are now a healthy eater. Remember to eat foods from all food groups to help your body grow big and strong. Next
Assessment *Go to the food center. Use the plastic food, and place them on the correct plate labeled (A)Bread, Cereal, Rice, Pasta (B)Fruits and Vegetables (C)Milk and Milk Products (D)Meat, Chicken, Beans and Eggs. Make sure you show your teacher when you are finished. Menu
Hi, I’m Gregory, the Terrible Eater. As you know from my story, it’s important to eat well balanced meals. The Food Pyramid is a way to help you know what foods you should eat. The Food Pyramid helps you choose a variety of foods so you can get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
MENU The group at the bottom of the pyramid is the Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta Group. It’s at the bottom because you need to eat the most from this group. You need 6-11 servings a day. The foods in this group contain carbohydrates which give your body energy.
MENU The next group from the bottom is the Vegetable Group. It is towards the bottom because it means you need lots of daily servings of vegetables. You need 3-5 servings. Vegetables give you important nutrients and fiber which helps your digestive system.
The food group next to vegetables is the Fruit Group. This group is also towards the bottom and you need 2-4 servings a day. Fruits also have fiber which helps the digestive system. Fruits also have Vitamin C and other important nutrients . MENU
MENU The Milk, Yogurt and Cheese Group is higher up on the pyramid. The foods in this group are important but you don’t need to eat as many. Calcium is a very important nutrient that comes from these foods. You need calcium for strong teeth and bones. You need 2-3 servings a day.
The next group is the Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts Group. These foods are on the same level as the milk group. This means that you don’t need to eat as many servings a day. You need 2-3 servings a day. Protein is an important nutrient that you get from these foods. MENU
The group at the top of the pyramid is Fats, Oils, and Sweets. This section is different from the others. It doesn’t make up a food group. They are at the top of the pyramid and you should use sparingly. That means don’t use too much. Your body only needs a small amount of fat. Sugary foods have carbohydrates but usually don’t have many vitamins and have too much fat and calories in them . MENU
MENU Click here for a web site about the Food Pyramid. So now that we know how many servings we need from each group, what’s a serving size? The amount of cereal you eat in the morning may be more than one serving.
Here’s an example of a serving size from each group: Breads, Cereals, Rice and Pasta: 1 slice of bread Vegetables : 1/2 cups of cooked vegetables Fruits: 3/4 cup of juice Milk, Yogurt and Cheese: 1 cup of milk Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs and Nuts: 1 egg Remember to limit your servings of Fats, Oils and Sweets MENU
ASSESSMENT: *Each child will be able to build his or her own food pyramid. Each child will draw a food pyramid and will either draw or cut out pictures appropriate for each section. Each child will be responsible for labeling each section and number of servings. *Each child will be responsible for creating a balanced menu for a day. *Each child will complete keep a Food Diary for 5 days and then complete a Health Quiz about food choices. MENU Click for worksheet
Nutrition Facts listed on food packages also help you make smart decisions about healthy eating. Nutrition Labels MENU It is important to eat a certain number of servings from each group in the food pyramid for a balanced, healthy diet.
Serving size 1/2 cup how do you know how much cereal is one serving? MENU LOOK Nutrition labels will help you. Cereal is in the bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group. It is best to eat 4 servings from this food group a day.
Not all foods are equally healthy for YOU! FAT and SUGAR are in many foods. If you eat more SUGAR or FAT than your body needs for energy, the extra is stored as FAT on your body. That is unhealthy! Nutrition Labels tell how much FAT and SUGAR a food has. FAT SUGAR MENU
Look at these 2 Nutrition Labels for Kellogg’s Special K and Kellogg’s Pokemon Compare the amounts of SUGAR and FAT in the 2 cereals. Remember LOWER is BETTER . Click on the healthier choice. MENU
Great! You are correct! Special K has LESS Fat and Sugar than Pokemon Cereal. Remember LESS Fat and Sugar is HEALTHIER . MENU
Good try! Remember that LESS fat and sugar is HEALTHIER . Special K has 0 g fat and 4 g sugar. Pokemon Cereal has 0.5 g fat and 14 g sugar. MENU
Nutrition Labels also tell the amount PROTEIN and VITAMINS The higher the amount (g = grams OR % = percent), the healthier the food is for you. Protein Vitamins MENU
Look at these two labels for Kellogg’s Special K and Kellogg’s Pokemon Compare the amount of PROTEIN and VITAMINS . Click on the healthier choice. MENU
Great! You are correct! Special K has MORE Protein and Vitamins than Pokemon cereal. Remember MORE Protein and Vitamins is HEALTHIER . MENU
Good try! Remember that MORE Protein and Vitamins is HEALTHIER . Special K has 6 g Protein and 15 - 100% Vitamins. Pokemon Cereal has 2g Protein and 4 - 35% Vitamins. MENU
Assessment 1.) Collect a cereal box label from home. Put the name of the cereal and your name on the back of the label. 2.) In teams compare the labels for the serving size, fat, sugar, protein, vitamins. Fill in the chart for each of your labels. 3.) With your team, decide which is the healthiest choice. Use numbers from the Nutrition label to help you make your decision. Prepare an oral presentation to prove which is the healthiest cereal. Be sure to include facts from the Nutrition label to prove your point. EXTENSION Independently write a persuasive essay suggesting a healthy cereal choice. Use facts from the Nutrition label to prove your point. MENU
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