Science Shorts: The Challenge of Nutritionby: Patricia B. Hernandez

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You have no doubt seen it in your classrooms and heard it in the news: Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Obesity may predispose children to health issues later in their lifetime, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Weight loss intervention in obese children may prevent the onset of these diseases later in life (Wunsch et al. 2006), so it is imperative that children and families be educated in incorporating healthy habits that will have long-lasting effects. The lesson described here helps students to understand how they can make healthy food choices by interpreting food labels.

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  • on Fri May 04, 2012 1:47 PM

Learning about nutrition is a must in our society. Starting out at an early age is a good idea. These activities might start young children thinking about what is in the food they eat. I think the use of manipulates are an excellent way to understand and especially visualize quantities for the younger child. In the middle school grades students read food labels to understand science and charts or what the language arts teachers call ‘environmental print’. The resources provided are also excellent.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed May 11, 2011 10:28 PM

This lesson had second graders using base 10 blocks to count the nutritional content of several foods to determine what was a healthy choice. There are plenty of good visuals out there to get kids to understand healthy vs unhealthy food choices that will resonate more with this age group than the base 10 blocks. I would focus more on healthy food choices and why they are good for you instead.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

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