This nutrition unit is a new spin off of an evolving agenda. Students are not just being told about nutrition by the clinic or cafeteria, but they are getting a hands-on, 2-week unit in the classroom about how it is affecting their lives. Instead of being fed information, they are working at different levels of inquiry to discover what they are (or are not) putting in their bodies. In addition, they are then asked to help spread the message to their fellow students and families through brochures and flyers about the benefits of proper nutrition.
Although nutrition has always been a topic in education, it is often a one or two day lesson, or a side note in different classes. This unit submerges students for two full weeks into the topic, using auditory, visual, and tactical learning strategies.
What student benefits are expected and why? How will you measure the results of this program?
If we can educate the students on how to keep their bodies healthy, then they can live longer, healthier lives. This unit will shock them with the Oreo® demo (watching the layer of fat form), the fat and sugar measurements (who know you ate 4 tablespoons of sugar PER 1 liter soda?), and the speaker on eating disorders. Hopefully it will inspire not only students to change their habits, but also encourage them to share the information with their peers.
Results can only be measured through time. Although it will be difficult to see how the students are fairing once they leave campus, their choices in the lunch line can be noted. Their participation in physical education, and their consumption of sodas and candies can also be examined as well. I would like to do a follow up survey a week, a month, and two months after the unit has been implemented to see if continue to apply the information given to them.