Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nutrition: Balance Feels Best (Habit 7)

Nutrition is all about Balance!

Starting in January, I begin my lessons on Nutrition, Drugs and Alcohol, Health, Hygiene and all the other fun stuff that goes along with it.  While these lessons are a little more on the Science/Health side of things, it's still so easy to streamline these topics within the 7 Habits.  This is where I emphasize Habit 7 quite a bit!  Habit 7 teaches all about balancing your body, mind and soul; not over doing things, and how too much of anything isn't a good thing.  During my Nutrition units, I am very intentional in demonstrating that while we study food labels, the MyPlate requirements, and diet and exercise, we need to make sure we find balance between what we are taught is right, and what we enjoy.   I am clear to illustrate that it's okay to have foods that loaded with sugar SOMETIMES, as long as you have balance!!

Here are some activities I have found very helpful in teaching nutrition thus far.

Sort the Foods Game:  I created this game for K-1 students to help emphasize what goes on the plate.

Nutritional Websites:  This is a listing of nutrion websites I have found useful as well.

Six Essential Nutrients:   This powerpoint is excellent for teaching the six essential nutrients in a way that isn't so cumbersome to grades 3-5


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