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the FOOD Pyramid Steps to a healthier you Eating Right Every Day Briefly describe the point of this lesson, which is that the class will be learning about the relationship between good nutrition and health. The Food Pyramid Steps to a healthier you GRAINS VEGETABLES FRUITS OILS MILK MEAT & BEANS Grains Make half of your grains whole • • • • • • Great Grains! Whole-Wheat Flour Cracked Wheat Oatmeal Whole Cornmeal Brown Rice Vegetables Vary your veggies • Very Cool Veggies • Broccoli • Spinach • Carrots • Cauliflower • Mushrooms • Green Beans Fruits Focus on fruits • Fresh Fruit! • Apples • Bananas • Grapes • Peaches • Oranges Oils Know your fats Only a Little Oil! • Sunflower Seeds • Margarine • Butter • Mayonnaise Milk Get your calcium rich foods • Magnificent Milk! • Milk • Cheese • Yogurt • Pudding Meat and Beans Go lean on protein • Mighty Meats and Beans! • Chicken • Turkey • Beef • Pork • Fish • Beans and nuts Discretionary Calories Extras for luxury foods • • Provide bonus calories to give you energy Use for: • Eating more of the food on the list • Eating higher calorie foods • Eat more than advised and you will gain weight Eat Well and Stay Healthy! • Use the MyPyramid Worksheet provided by the USDA. Conclusion Summarize the health benefits of each food group. Encourage children to do research on any new finding about food and health. Encourage children to continue keeping a food diary. Encourage children to strive for 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Ask your school nurse or doctor to visit the class to share facts about food and health on an ongoing basis.