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This interdisciplinary curriculum uses math,science, language arts, physical education, and health as a platform to teach students about the importance of nutrition and physical activity. It encourages students to reduce screen time and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. Lessons use investigations, cooperative learning, decision making, and goal setting to build student skills in choosing an active lifestyle and healthful food. The book provides access to a separate Web site that offers additional resources and training materials for teachers.

What’s inside: 30 physical education micro-units; 32 classroom lessons; fitness self-assessment tool for students; CD-ROM.

Activity highlight: Lesson 11, “Problem Solving: Making Healthy Food Choices,” focuses on types of fat in the diet and highlights where and how students can choose foods with healthy fat. Students work cooperatively to solve problems based on concepts taught in an earlier lesson. They also review five steps of problem solving, work in small groups to analyze a menu from a fast-food restaurant, use math skills to determine food needs, and debrief about the activity. Extension activities include creating, maintaining, and analyzing a food log and going to a shopping mall to record menu items offered at fast-food restaurants.

Nutrition Competencies:
Grades 7-8: 1a-c, 1f, 2-8
Language: English
Number of lesson plans: 30–32
Amount of time per lesson: 1–1.5 hours
Estimated total time for lessons: 35 hours

Format: Hard copy with online resources
Cost: Available for purchase

Cafeteria connection: No
After school: Not reviewed

Learning Registry Activity


    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 7 to 8

    Topics: Health Education, Nutrition, Physical Education, Health & Physical Education, Physical Activity

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Assessments
    • Teacher Materials
    • Interactives
    • Student Materials
    • Reproducibles

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students