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Decode nutrition labels and investigate a fast food meal to measure its energy and nutritional content. Create a plate that represents a healthy alternative to fast food.
Major Concepts To Be Explored:
- How does food provide energy and nutrients for living organisms?
- What are the important parts of a food label?
- What are the three sources of calories in food?
- What is the nutritional value of a common fast food meal? What are some healthier options?
Goals of the Program:
- To introduce healthy eating habits
- To present food as a form of energy measured in calories.
- To provide an understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of the three sources of calories- fats, carbohydrates and protein.
Students will be able to:
- Understand how calories can be used to compare the chemical energy of different foods
- Identify starches and sugars as carbohydrates
- Define common terms on food labels
- Understand how foods provide both energy and nutrients for living organisms
- Make healthy choices regarding serving size, fat content, calories and sugar
Methods and Activities:
- Students will see a brief PowerPoint presentation on the roles of fats, carbohydrates and proteins in their diet.
- Students will learn to read a Nutrition Facts Label.
- Students will engage in an activity to illustrate proper serving size.
- Students will consume and burn off calories from a common snack food.
- Students will explore a typical fast food meal by measuring the amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein.
- Students will use this information to create a healthy meal and measure its nutrients.
Calories, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Protein, Fat, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Unsaturated Fat, Trans Fat, Energy, Exercise
- Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
- Location with desks or tables and chairs set up for participants to work in pairs.
- 1 long (~6 or 8 ft.) table to set up presenter materials.
- Access to electricity.
- A screen or blank wall to show projected materials.
- Approximate set-up and clean-up time – at least 30 minutes before program begins and after program ends.
- Program will need to remain setup and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
- Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Grades 3 - 8
- Duration: 50 minutes
$150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
- Maximum 25 students
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