Jump Start Teens


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This instructional resource provides lessons that integrate nutrition, physical activity, and the media to encourage teens to live healthier lives. Lessons are cross-curricular and apply to real life. Students also gain skills to advocate healthy communities. Each activity can be taught in one class period.

What’s inside: Easy-to-follow lessons and worksheets. Lesson plans include teacher background information, lists of materials to assemble, curriculum links, and extension ideas.

Activity highlight: “Hidden Messages” discusses the influence of advertising. Students describe examples of advertisements that use a variety of marketing techniques, such as appeals to status, physical attraction, testimonials, peer approval, and celebrity endorsements. Extension activities include hosting guest speakers from local advertising agencies, developing marketing ideas for lunches, and creating a cafeteria display that identifies hidden messages.

Nutrition competencies
grades 9-12:
(1a) 1b–d, f; 2–8
(x)=partial addressing of competency

Language: Instructional guide in English, with additional Spanish handouts
Number of lesson plans: 8
Amount of time per lesson: 50 minutes
Estimated total time for lessons: 6.6 hours

Format: Downloadable PDF
Cost: Free

Cafeteria connection: Yes (extension activities)
After school: Yes

Learning Registry Activity


    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 9 to 12

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

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Reference Materials
    • Teacher Materials
    • Reproducibles
    • Assessments
    • Student Materials

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students