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Lesson 19: Challenges to Healthy Eating: Fast Foods & Celebrations


In this lesson, students continue to examine challenges to healthy eating and eating in moderation by reading articles about celebrations and holiday foods, as well as ways to eat healthier at fast-food restaurants. They complete an activity sheet on how to make fast-food meals healthier to apply what they’ve learned.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe how relevant influences of family and culture affect personal food choices.
  2. Describe how relevant influences of peers affect food choices and other eating practices and behaviors.
  3. Identify nutritious and non-nutritious beverages.
  4. Describe ways to limit the consumption of solid fat, added sugar and sodium. 
  5. Demonstrate ways to make healthier food choices at fast-food restaurants.

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • FN-7: Avoid sugary drinks.
  • FN-8: Limit foods high in added sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium.
  • FN-9: Choose to eat or drink nutrient-dense foods and beverages when dining.
  • 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.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.1: Describe how family influences personal health practices and behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.2: Identify the influence of culture on health practices and behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.3: Identify how peers can influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
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