Students learn the effects of healthy and less healthy foods in this energetic game
|Description:||Students move or freeze depending on whether a healthy or unhealthy dinner food is named.|
|Objective:||Students will distinguish between "energy" ("go"/healthy) and "empty" ("slow"/less healthy) dinner foods.|
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, grow and think. "Junk foods," (processed foods high in fat and added sugar), contain a lot of calories and very few nutrients. Those calories don’t provide the body with much energy and are converted to fat by the body, as opposed to the calories in nutrient-packed foods, which provide lots of energy and are easier for the body to burn.
It is important to connect kids with their food and get them thinking about food less in terms of "good" and "gross" and more in terms of "healthy" and "less healthy" (or "energy" and "empty"). For the younger grades, we refer to "energy" foods as "go" foods and "empty" foods as "slow" foods. Older children may be more likely to make healthy choices if they understand why, specifically, these foods are beneficial for them.
Healthy ("Energy"/"Go") Dinner Foods and Drinks:
Less Healthy ("Empty"/"Slow") Dinner Foods and Drinks:
Further information about the national standards can be found here.