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A Spoonful of Sugar

River Ridge Wellness Day Session

Opening Activity Health Fact or Fiction


NHES - 1.2.1(1.5.1) Be sure to explain the difference between a health fact and health fiction Follow up questions to their health facts may behow do you know this, or where did you learn that?

Introduction to the Main Activity

NHES - 3.5.1 and 1.2.1(1.5.1) Time: 5 min Activity Description: What do you know about sugar in the food you eat or fluids you drink? Open a brainstorming discussion on what the students currently know about the foods and drinks they consume. Guided discussion on what sugar does in the body. o Sugar provides the body with calories needed for energy. o The level of blood-sugar also helps regulate the hunger response Terms that might need defining: o Calorie, nutrient, carbohydrate, simple vs. complex sugar, fats, protein, minerals, vitamins Materials needed: whiteboard or large post-it paper, markers (or start nutrition word wall) Questions to check for understanding: 1. Can someone tell me the difference between a Health fact and Health fiction? 2. What does your body do with the sugar you eat?

Main Activity NHES 1.2.1(1.5.1) and 5.2.1(5.5.1) Activity Objective: After taking part in the sugar demonstration and ensuing discussion, TSW be able to
identify and describe the healthy behaviors connected to proper food selection and the impact the choices made has on their personal health by verbalizing their plan and reasons behind making future food choices. Time: 10 min Activity Description: How much sugar is in this? Reading and reviewing important parts of a food label to find out where this information can be found. (image) Put the following formula on the chalkboard: o 4 grams of sugar equals 1 teaspoon Have students assist in guessing and then measuring out the amount of sugar contained in various foods. (have them rank #1, #2, #3 as far as highest to lowest amount of sugar) o Juice o Soda o Gatorade After viewing the measured out amounts of sugar, reevaluate the students pre-ranking. Materials needed: an assortment of things they drink (juice, soda, sports drink), glass bowl/container (one per drink item used), teaspoons (1 or 2), large container of sugar. Questions to check for understanding: 1. Where you surprised about which beverage had the most sugar? Why or why not? 2. What is probably the best beverage to drink when you are thirsty?

Closure - Questions and Answer


Time: 5 min Question # 1 Now that you understand the amount of sugar in some of the beverages you drink, will you make different choices on which kind of drink to ask for the next time you are thirsty? Why or why not? Desired Student Response the students will hopefully select water, lower caloric or at least nutrient rich beverages. Question # 2 Where can you get the most reliable information on health facts about the foods you eat? Desired Student Response the students will respond with the Food label, and hopefully citing specific components.

Home Health Link

NHES 2.2.1 (2.5.1) and 6.2.1 (6.5.1)

Home Health Assignment objective and description: Using the worksheet provided, TSW be able
to identify and record the nutritional information on three or more beverages found at home. After recording the information the students will discuss and classify each beverage they have recorded as an Always, Sometimes, or Rarely consumed category and write a brief reason behind making that choice.

Home Health materials: Beverage Detectives worksheet Supplemental Materials: Food labels for the foods you have selected blank worksheet Health Fact and Health Fiction posts Beverage Detectives: Investigate Your Families Favorite Beverages - worksheet

Resources: Beverage Detectives worksheet

Beverage Detective
You have been hired by the local health authority to reduce the amount of high-calorie, low- nutrient drinks that the average family consumes. With the help of your parents or trusted adult search for and record at least three beverages that your family drinks on a regular basis. Use the table below to record your research data.

Nutritional Information from Food Label list beverage Serving Size Servings Per Container Amount Per Serving Total Calories Calories from Fat

Beverage 1

Beverage 2

Beverage 3

Fat Calories
Saturated Fat Trans Fat

Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate


Dietary Fiber Sugars

Protein Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron


Always
Beverage 1- __________________ Reasons:

Sometimes Rarely

Beverage 2- __________________ Reasons:

Beverage 3- __________________ Reasons:

After recording the information, discuss the nutritional value of the beverage with your parent or trusted adult and classify each beverage recorded as an Always, Sometimes, or Rarely consumed category and write a brief reason behind making that choice.
Parent or Trusted Adult Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: ________

Blank Food Label

Nutritional Information . Food Serving Size Servings Per Container Amount Per Serving Total Calories Calories from Fat % DV - Daily
Measurement in grams

Value

Fat Calories
Saturated Fat Trans Fat

Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate


Dietary Fiber Sugars

Protein Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron


Add any additional information available

Food Label http://www.cavaliercountyhospital.com/NutritionInformation.htm CDC resource on Sugar and Fat in Foods http://www.cdc.gov/excite/scienceambassador/ambassador_pgm/lessonplans/s ugar%20and%20fats%20in%20our%20food%20oh%20my.pdf Sugar Shock http://lessonplansos.blogspot.com/2011/03/sugar-shock.html Measuring Sugar in Foods LP http://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=6819