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A fun physical activity that teaches students about how their bodies react to different foods

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, snacks

Description: Students move or freeze depending on whether a healthy or unhealthy snack food is named.
Objective: Students will distinguish between "go" (healthy) and "slow" (less healthy) snack foods.
  1. Ask the studetns to stand against a wall facing you.
  2. Review what makes a food a "go" food vs. a "slow" food.  ("Go" foods help their bodies play and grow.  "Slow" foods are high in added sugar and fat and can slow their bodies down.)  Remind them that although added sugar can make them feel excited at first, it will make them feel very tired after a while.
  3. Ask for a couple of examples of both "go" and "slow" snack foods (see below for ideas).
  4. Call out some snack foods on the back of the card, switching between "go" and "slow" foods and ask the students to identify each.
  5. Once they have correctly identified some foods, play "Slow Food/Go Food" again, but this time with snack foods.
  6. Call out the snack foods again, in a random order.  Start the game with a "go" food.
  7. If a food is a "go" snack food, the students should job (skip or hop) toward you at the other end of the room.
  8. If a food is a "slow" snack food, they should freeze in place.
  9. If a student moves after a "slow" food is called or freezes when a "go" food is called, they must go back to the start.
  10. If time permits, review some foods and their "go" or "slow" classifications with the class.

Healthy ("Go") Snack foods and Drinks:

  • cherries
  • hummus
  • nuts
  • water
  • carrots
  • pretzels
  • raisins
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • peanut butter crackers
  • low-fat yogurt
  • low-fat granola
  • popcorn (without butter)
  • natural fruit smoothies

Less Healthy ("Slow") Snack Foods and Drinks:

  • hot dogs
  • whole milk
  • candy
  • cookies
  • doughnuts
  • white bread
  • french fries
  • potato chips
  • soft drinks

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 5.2.1, 7.2.1, 7.2.2
NSPE: 1, 5

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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