Blogs on Nutrition

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Matt DavisMarch 14, 2014

Along with Women's History Month, March is also National Nutrition Month. If you're planning on incorporating nutrition, we've compiled a few of our favorite resources here. You'll find lesson plans that cover the science of cooking and digestion, as well as links to a variety of helpful source materials on the Web.

Of course, we just touched on a few, but we'd love to hear if you have plans for incorporating National Nutrition Month into your lesson plans. What resources are you planning to use?

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Jez LuckettDecember 5, 2013

All my teaching qualifications derive from my experience as an overweight and underprivileged youth who transformed his life after becoming a contestant on a successful reality weight loss show (yes, that one). My background is not in education. No, my background is in pepperoni and black olive pizza. This is the story of an afterschool program that I started for fifth and sixth graders at Akili Academy in New Orleans. The program is called Akili's Makin' Groceries. Being the fattest kid in class qualifies me to help students make connections between foods that are healthy vs. foods that are not. I learned the hard way.

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If the thought of school lunch brings to mind soggy tater tots and hamburgers in cellophane bags, you're not alone. Many schools only offer highly processed foods, high in salt and fat -- whether for budgetary reasons, convenience, or simply habit. But the National School Lunch Program has been taking small steps towards insuring better food for the kids who need it most, and the upcoming School Lunch Week celebrates and raises awareness about having good food in our schools. So I've joined in and gathered a variety of videos about nutrition -- and you won't find any dry films about the food pyramid here, just great resources to help inspire you and your students to eat healthier during School Lunch Week and every week.

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Erin OsborneSeptember 17, 2013

While other people make resolutions in January, most teachers make their resolutions in September. I will not fall behind my grading. I will not get as stressed out as I did last year. I will not eat an entire package of Chips Ahoy! in one sitting. With all your attention on teaching, it's important to make sure your personal life is set up to withstand the additional stress. Establishing a few good habits now will help you avoid slipping into a destructive cycle that will leave you burned out by spring.

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Monica BurnsJuly 15, 2013

Back to school is the perfect time of year to establish routines and remind students about making healthy choices. Children of all ages should have an understanding of the impact of their decisions related to the food they choose to eat. There are a variety of games and resources to promote discussions about healthy eating and to help students make smart choices.

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Matt DavisJuly 10, 2013

Summer is all about local food, and for parents, now's the perfect time to sneak in a lesson or two about healthy eating. Here are some fun and entertaining resources to help kids learn about food at the farmer's market, in the garden, and at the kitchen table:

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Anne OBrienOctober 16, 2012

(Updated 10/2013)

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just over 20 percent of households with children under 18 experienced food insecurity in 2011. This means that at some point during the year, the household had difficulty providing enough food for all its members due to a lack of resources.

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Mary Beth HertzMay 17, 2012

We often see applications of digital technologies in the core subject areas like literacy, math, science and social studies, but how can digital technologies be applied in other areas? Since the days are getting warmer and swimsuit season is upon us, I figured that I'd share some resources for teaching health and wellness in the classroom.

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Spring has sprung, and it's time to start thinking about getting outside and planting green things! School gardens are a great way to teach kids hands-on science. Whether you have a full garden where the kids produce their own cafeteria food, or you're just getting started and egg-crate seedlings are more your pace, you can pull valuable lessons in ecology, sustainability, healthy food habits, and teamwork out of the dirt.

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Pamela C HowardJanuary 6, 2012

Last May, my school started using an "educational" video game to teach our disadvantaged, overweight, and obese students about nutrition. I put "educational" in quotes, as I was pretty skeptical at first.

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