You Are What You Eat

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?

Essential Standards:

4.L.2.1; 4.L.2.2

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.

Class Objectives:

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.

Key Vocabulary:

Calories, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Protein, Fat, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Unsaturated Fat, Trans Fat, Energy, Exercise

Set-up Needs:

  • 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 Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 8
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students