ChooseMyPlate.gov Mini-Course

By Kristin Juergens

Introduction

  • Obesity rates across the United States have continued to rise over over the last several years. According to US Department of Health and Human Services 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 12% of US high school students were considered to be obese. These obesity levels can be contributed to two separate things: Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors and Physical Inactivity. According to the CDC a vast majority of high school students took part in unhealthy behaviors 7 days before their survey.
     *78% ate fruits and vegetables less than five times per day
     *66% at fruit or drank 100% fruit juices less than two times per day
     *86% ate vegetables less than three times per day
     *29% drank a can, bottle, or glass of soda pop at least one time per day
     *82% did not participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day
     *67% did not attend PE class daily when they were in school
     *33% watched television 3 or more hours per day on an average school day
     *25% used computers 3 or more hours per day on the average school day.
  • What are the solutions to theses problems? According to the CDC the solutions are better health education, more physical education programs and physical activity programs, healthier school environments, and better nutrition services. Some of these factors are easier to control than others. As health teachers one thing we can do is teach our students about healthy eating habits and how they can implement them in to their own lives. One way to teach your students about how to consume a healthy diet on a daily basis meeting all nutritional guide lines is to have them keep a food log and activity journal. This course is designed to teach you how to utilize the resource of the http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ website in your classroom to teach nutritional guidelines as well as healthy daily eating habits and activity. This site has endless resources relating to nutrition and physical activity. And the best thing about it..........Its all free!!!! So I don’t know what you are waiting for. Lets get started!

Course Objectives

  • To understand what choosemyplate.gov is and where it comes from
  • To be able to use my plate resource to illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet
  • To be able to use the weight management and calories resource to explain the importance of weight management and what role calories play in your health
  • Use the Physical Activity resource to covey how being physically active can benefit your health today, tomorrow, and in the further.
  • To use the Super Tracker and Other Tools resource to help students plan analyze and track their diet and physical activity
  • To be able to use the Printable Materials and Ordering resource to down load and order free resource to enhance the learning of your class
  • To be able to use the different tools in the Healthy Eating Tips resource to point your students towards healthy eating routines
  • To develop a unit for your students to learn how to use a food log to track their daily calorie consumption and input their numbers in to the Super Tracker so see if they are meeting their daily needs

Units

Unit 1: What is my choosemyplate.gov?

Unit 2: Using the Super Tracker in the Classroom