Students examine their own eating, sleeping, and exercise habits. They compare them to national health standards, and develop plans for improving them. Then they share their learning to promote a healthier community.
focus question: What is a citizen's responsibility to advocate for health and safety?
Five 50-Minute Class Periods, Plus time to develop service-learning plans and actions
The learner will:
Students create an informational poster or pamphlet to share with schools, after-school programs, and daycare centers to teach youth about healthy choices and/or to ask the administration to offer youth heathy food options at school.
Student work as a team to approach the administration and people responsible for the food program and vending machines at school. They share what they have learned about nutrition and ask the school to provide more healthy options and less junk food.
Students form a plan and carry it out to encourage younger students to be more active. This may include a demonstration or performance, making posters, or playing active games with the youth.
Day Two of Lesson Three includes a visit to an exercise facility. Make arrangements in advance for the field trip. Arrange for someone to meet the class there and provide a tour and information about types of exercise to target different needs. Also arrange for drivers/chaperones and permission forms.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "Nutrition in Schools Fact Sheets." These tips help youth organize efforts to get healthier snacks in the school: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/pdf/nutrition_factsheet_youth.pdf
Health.gov. "Dietary Guidelines for Americans." http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp
USDA. "Choose My Plate" Dietary guidelines by food group. http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/
See individual lessons for benchmark detail.
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