Throughout November and December, middle school students learned about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating in their HHD (Health and Human Development) class. They were introduced to the six essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly: carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water, and considered how these are found in some of the foods they eat regularly. They also became familiar with the basic food groups, and practiced sorting foods into their respective categories on a food pyramid.
Additionally, students learned how to read and interpret the nutrition labels that are found on most packaged foods and beverages. They examined the information contained on these labels, such as serving size, servings per container, calories per serving, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, proteins and more. They also discussed the percent Daily Value (%DV), which indicates how much a nutrient in one serving contributes to a person’s total daily diet.
Our unit on nutrition and healthy eating allowed our students to gain a deeper understanding of how food and beverages we consume affect our bodies, and consider healthy choices to maintain a balanced diet. Mission accomplished!