This lesson teaches guidelines for making healthy food choices. After solving a riddle, students explore the importance of eating, identify body signals of hunger and fullness, and list benefits of healthy eating. They learn “healthy foods rules” that will help them choose foods that are fresh, crunchy and chewy and avoid foods with a lot of sugar, salt or fat. They identify foods they like that fit these criteria, then write or illustrate healthy food choices for a day’s worth of meals based on the rules they have learned.
Students will be able to:
- Explain body signals that tell people when they are hungry and when they are full.
- Describe the benefits of healthy eating.
- Identify foods that are high in fat and low in fat.
- Identify foods that are high in added sugars.
- Identify foods that are high in sodium.
- Describe the benefits of limiting the consumption of solid fat, added sugar, and sodium.
Healthy Behavior Outcomes
- FN-1: Follow a healthy eating pattern that meets individual preferences and needs for growth and development.
- FN-8: Limit foods high in added sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium.
- 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 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.