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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
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Great Grains!
Whole-Wheat Flour
Cracked Wheat
Oatmeal
Whole Cornmeal
Brown Rice
Vegetables
Vary your veggies
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Very Cool Veggies
• Broccoli
• Spinach
• Carrots
• Cauliflower
• Mushrooms
• Green Beans
Fruits
Focus on fruits
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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
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Magnificent Milk!
• Milk
• Cheese
• Yogurt
• Pudding
Meat and Beans
Go lean on protein
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Mighty Meats and Beans!
• Chicken
• Turkey
• Beef
• Pork
• Fish
• Beans and nuts
Discretionary Calories
Extras for luxury foods
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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!
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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.