It’s important to give high school students the right tools to select foods that promote a healthy lifestyle. The Framingham Public Schools’ Wellness Policy also recognizes the importance of health and wellness, especially for students to take full advantage of their education.
In April 2017, Framingham State University Coordinated Program intern, Jaquelyn Litwak, taught high school “Foods 1” students about updates to the Nutrition Facts Label, which is set to be implemented by 2020. After discussing what students should look for on a nutrition label, Jacquelyn discussed major differences to the new nutrition labels, notably regarding fat and
added sugar. Students also reported how often they drink sugar-sweetened beverages and desserts. Next, the group discussed the differences among the three types of fat and compared natural sugars to added sugars. Finally, students were presented with information about the potential health consequences of consuming too much saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugars.
After the interactive lesson on the new nutrition label, students worked in groups and played Jeopardy to test their knowledge on the discussion and general nutrition. Providing students with up-to-date information on nutrition empowers them up to make healthy choices more often as they continue to grow and succeed. Framingham Public Schools provides students with nutrition information about the food served, so students can make informed meal choices.
To find other lesson plans for use in grades K-12 visit The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition’s Resource Center.
Submitted by: Jaquelyn Litwak, FSU Food and Nutrition Student, Coordinated Program in Dietetics.