In this game, students will speed up or slow down their movements in response to the healthiness of the food named.
|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 "energy" ("go"/healthy) and "empty" ("slow"/less healthy) snack 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.
|NHES:||1.8.1, 1.8.2, 1.8.7, 5.8.4, 5.8.6, 7.8.1, 7.8.2, 7.8.3|
Further information about the national standards can be found here.