Students alter their speed according to the healthiness of lunch foods in this dynamic game.
|Description:||In this game, students will speed up or slow down their movements in response to the healthiness of the food named.|
|Objective:||Students will distinguish between "go" (healthy) and "slow" (less healthy) lunch 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 play 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. 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 "go" and "slow"). 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 ("Go") Lunch Foods and Drinks:
Less Healthy ("Slow") Lunch Foods and Drinks:
Further information about the national standards can be found here.