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Lesson 18: Fruits and Vegetables Are Healthy Snacks


This lesson presents the concept of 5 a day and focuses on eating fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks. Students identify a variety of different fruits and vegetables, then interpret the 5-a-day message. They share the names of their favorites and create a drawing to share and explain their choices to others. Then they discuss what snacks are, identify qualities of healthy and less-healthy snacks, and review the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables as snacks. They create a collage of snack choices and categorize these as healthy or less healthy. They take home a family sheet to help them talk about fruit and vegetable favorites with their parents or guardians, and take home a mini-poster to remind them to choose fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify their 5-a-day favorite fruits and vegetables.
  2. Identify a variety of healthy snacks.
  3. Describe the types of snack foods and beverages that should be limited.

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • FN-3: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • FN-11: Choose and enjoy nutrient-dense foods and beverages that reflect personal preferences, culture, and budget.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
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