Food + Activity = Weight & Health
Many people have lots to say about eating and exercise. The problem is that they are frequently contradicting each other.
The Federal government has required schools to create a Wellness Policy. Part of the policy is to provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Schools are also to consider how much exercise students get at school. Take a look at your school’s wellness policy.
Step 1: Check them out
Evaluate a month’s lunch menu at your school. Rate one lunch on how it provides students with a healthy meal.
Which lunch is the most nutritious?
Which lunch is the least nutritious?
Which is your favorite lunch?
Step 2: Create a nutritious lunch or breakfast you would like to have served at school.
Vote. Which lunch or breakfast is the favorite of the class?
USDA Nutrition resources http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/nutrition.htm
NutritionData - lots of helpful information
Calorie and Fat Gram Chart http://www.ntwrks.com/~mikev/chart1a.htm
Calorie Counter http://www.thecaloriecounter.com/
Fruit and Vegetable Encyclopedia http://www.dole5aday.com/ReferenceCenter/R_Home.jsp
Examine the Data on overweight teens - use the source noted on the form to update the data then complete the exercise.
Activity or Exercise
Step 3: Estimate how much physical activity you do each week.
Measure in minutes or hours. Exercise is not just competitive sports. Many other activities are exercise.
The Walking site http://www.thewalkingsite.com/beginner.html
Step 4: How far do you have to walk to burn off that meal?
Use the Fast Food Nutrition Facts Calculator http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/fastfood/l/bl_restaurants.htm
Calculate the calories in your favorite fast food.
How many miles will a person have to walk to burn off the calories?
Walking Calories Calculator http://walking.about.com/library/cal/uccalc1.htm
Walking 2000 steps is equal to walking about a mile.
Watch Frontline’s report – Diet Wars http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/diet/
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser - Do you Want Lies with that?
Visit this site about advertising tricks. Read
the section about food.
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developed by Cynthia J. O'Hora, Posted 12/2006
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