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Lesson 18: Challenges to Healthy Eating: Junk Food


In this lesson, students learn about limiting consumption of foods with high sugar, salt and fat content. They read about why “junk foods” are unhealthy and interpret sample food labels from some common snacks to draw conclusions about the ingredients and nutritional content of these foods. They complete an activity sheet to analyze their own eating habits around junk foods and propose ways to limit their consumption of foods high in fat, added sugars and sodium.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify foods that are high in fat.
  2. Identify foods that are high in added sugars.
  3. Identify foods that are high in sodium.
  4. Describe the benefits of limiting the consumption of solid fat, added sugar and sodium.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • FN-1: Follow a healthy eating pattern that meets individual preferences and needs for growth and development.
  • FN-7: Avoid sugary drinks.
  • FN-8: Limit foods high in added sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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