Advertising is one of the most powerful forces shaping our ideas, culture, and behavior today. To help students become smart shoppers, this lesson teaches students to critically examine advertisements and identify the underlying messages they convey. Students are given the opportunity to express their creativity by developing their own advertising campaign.
Athletes and physically active teens generally need to follow the same healthy eating guidelines as anyone else, but they need to pay special attention to what they eat and drink while they?re in training both before and after game time. In this lesson, some of the common misconceptions about sports nutrition are addressed. Students also work together in groups to plan a pre-game meal.
Many fast food restaurants are offering more healthier choices, but it is not always easy to identify them. This lesson offers simple tips for cutting back on the fat and saturated fat in fast food meals while reinforcing the idea that teens can have it their way?a healthier way?when ordering fast food.
Attractive packaging and clever advertising often hide the nutritional quality of a food. Students will use food labels to compare the fat content of similar foods so they can make more informed choices. Fat content is the focus of this lesson. Most Americans consume more fat than is recommended. High-fat diets have been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Less than half of American teens are physically active on a regular basis. This lesson lets students experience the immediate benefits of physical activity. Students also assess their personal level of physical activity and consider new ways to be physically active.