Food Literacy and Nutrition
We have developed a series of Food Literacy lessons that provide students with an understanding of how the food they eat impacts their bodies. Each lesson gives students practical tools to help them make healthy decisions, like how to read Nutrition Facts and other food labels. The lessons convey important public health themes and provide students with an opportunity to explore strategies for maintaining a healthy body weight. We believe these are critical skills for middle school students as they begin to have more control (“power”) over what they eat. Please note, however, that these lessons can be adapted for any grade level.
For a quick overview of each lesson, click here. To preview each lesson, click on the title of the lesson. To access the folder, which includes the lesson plan, handouts, and supplementary materials, download the link entitled "folder."
Nutrition and the Six Essential Nutrients (folder)
Water in the Human Body (folder)
Understanding Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup (folder)
Reading Nutrition Facts: Fats (folder)
Reading Nutrition Facts: Sugar (folder)
Rethink Your Drink (folder)
Calories and Portion Sizes Around the World (folder)
Food Marketing: How Young Adults Get Targeted (folder)
Why Buy, Why Eat Organic? (folder)
Obesity in America (folder)