An interactive game that teaches students the importance of eating a variety of healthy dinner foods
|Description:||Students walk, skip, and hop around the classroom suggesting healthy dinner foods of various colors.|
|Objective:||Students will recognize the importance of eating a variety of foods for dinner.|
|Materials:||Five to ten sheets each of red, green, and brown construction paper and one to two sheets each of pink, orange, yellow, black, blue or purple, and white construction paper for a total of one sheet per student|
Eating dinner is important because it refuels the body with the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Dinner is also a social event, and it can be quality time spent with family members. Frequent family meals are associated with better grades, a lower risk of smoking, drinking, and using marijuana, and a lower incidence of depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts.
Although all foods can fit into a healthy eating plan in moderation, it is important to reinforce that healthier foods give the body more energy to run and grow. "Junk foods" (processed foods high in fat and added sugar), contain a significant amount of calories but add very little nutrition to kids‘ diets.
"Energy"/"Go" foods refer to nutritious foods which give the body the energy it needs to go and grow. "Empty"/"Slow" foods refer to foods high in fat and added sugar which can slow the body down.
Healthy ("Energy"/"Go") Colorful Dinner and Dessert Foods:
Less Healthy ("Slow") Dinner Foods and Drinks:
Further information about the national standards can be found here.
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