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Good Food, Good Health

Good Food, Good Health By Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Introduction

Do you think a lot about what you eat each day? Do you know how many fruits and vegetables you should eat? Use the resources on this sheet to help you find out!


Exploration

Start by going to and reading 5 A Day Facts. Look for answers to these questions as you read. You can write your answers on the Good Food, Good Health student sheet:

  • How many fruits and vegetables should kids eat each day? 
  • Name some reasons why it's important to eat five or more fruits and vegetables each day. 
  • Instead of fruits and vegetables, what is a big snack food for kids? 
  • What is the average fruit and vegetable serving for 6- to 12-year-olds? 
  • What are some of the troubling findings of this study? 

Next, study the eating guide, Eat the Five Food Group Way from Nutrition Explorers and answer these questions on your student sheet:

  • How many servings of meat/poultry/fish should kids have in a day? 
  • How many servings of dairy products should kids have in a day? 
  • How many servings of breads/grains should kids have in a day? 

Now you get to play a game to learn about vitamins and minerals. Go to Nutrition Cafe and play the Nutrition Sleuth game. First read the instructions. Then click on Open the Case Book to start playing. For each person in the case book, you'll be asked what nutrient is missing from their diet. You'll learn about the nutrients as you go through the game. Fill out the table on the student sheet as you learn about the nutrients.

Answer these questions:

  • What foods are good sources of calcium? How does calcium help keep everything working well?
  • What foods are good sources of iron? How does iron help keep everything working well?
  • Why is water so important for our bodies?
  • What foods are good sources of vitamin C? Why is it important to make sure we include vitamin C in our diets?
  • What food is an important source of vitamin A? How does vitamin A help keep everything working well?
  • What is an important nonfood source of vitamin D?
  • Why is vitamin D important for helping to prevent osteoporosis?
  • Where can you find folate? Why is folate important for helping to keep everything working well?


This esheet is a part of the Nutrition 2: Good Food, Good Health lesson.

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