Students work together to create a dance about how their eating habits make them feel
|Description:||Students jump, squat, and balance to express their feelings during a discussion of healthy eating habits.|
|Objective:||Students will recognize their dinner-time habits and set a dinner-related personal health goal.|
|Materials:||One piece of paper and a pen or pencil per student|
Statements can include the following (but feel free to include your own). Talk through points follow each statement.
"It's hard to find time to sit down for dinner at night."
Encourage students to make time for meals by doing their homework right when they get home, watching less TV, or talking to their parents.
"Soft drinks (sodas) are good drinks to have with dinner because they contain many nutrients."
Soft drinks are not good choices because they are high in added sugar. Low-fat milk, 100% juice, or water are better choices.
"Eating a healthy dinner helps me feel good and concentrate on my homework."
Eating the recommended amounts of nutrient-rich food promotes brain growth and improves concentration.
"Skipping dinner is a good way to lose weight."
Skipping meals is not a smart way to lose weight. To maintain a healthy body weight, exercise and eat fewer "slow" foods. Regular and healthy meals are the best way to keep your body at a healthy body weight.
"Baked potatoes are healthier than french fries."
Baked potatoes are a smarter choice because they are high in fiber and nutrients, whereas fries are high in fat and salt.
"There is no healthy food in my house or in my local grocery store."
While this is a valid concern, it is important to be resourceful. Canned vegetables and tuna are almost always available! You can also tell the students many neighborhoods have healthy, inexpensive food options through food cooperatives--Coops--or Community Supported Agriculture programs--CSAs--and encourage them to research what is available in their own community.
"It is important to me to eat vegetables every day."
It is a good idea to eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day--2.5 servings--because they keep our bodies healthy and strong.
"I know where to get the vegetables I want."
Encourage students to check out the produce section of their local grocery store or to discover an affordable healthy food store with their parents.
"When given the choice, I would choose whole wheat over white bread."
Whole wheat contains more nutrients and is a healthier choice than processed white bread.
Further information about the national standards can be found here.