Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.
Why Eat Healthy?
This lesson could begin with a strong statement about healthy eating. Examples include, but are not limited to, 'you are what you eat,' 'healthy eating is not about diet, it is about eating the food your body deserves,' 'healthy eating preserves the most valuable treasure we possess: our health.' You could also choose a question like: 'do you think it is smart to wait to get sick to start eating healthy?'
Whichever statement you choose, ask your students to tell you their opinion about healthy eating and why it is important.
Next, students could brainstorm about healthy eating habits. You could provide examples such as 'bake instead of fry,' 'eat fruits and vegetables every day,' 'avoid sugared drinks,' etc.
Finally, ask students to define and give examples of the following key words they may need to answer questions:
- Processed food
- Food high in sodium
- Organic food
- Genetically engineered
- Canned food
Students are now ready to answer any of the following questions.
- Do you eat healthy? Can you describe in detail what type of healthy eating habits you have?
- Do you know someone who eats very unhealthily? Can you describe the type of food s/he eats and how his/her health is?
- How does eating compare nowadays to how your grandparents ate? Why do you think eating habits have changed so much?
- How do you eat now compared to when you lived back in your home country? Which do you consider healthier and why?
- Would you agree that healthy eating influences people's moods in a positive way? Whether you agree or not, explain your reasons and give examples.
- Do you eat processed food on a regular basis? What meals can replace processed food?
- Can healthy eating be delicious? Give examples of recipes you know.
- What do you know about genetically engineered food? What possible risks does its excessive consumption have?
- Did you know cows eat corn in the US? Grass-fed beef is sold as 'organic.' Do you think this is right? Think about the fact that cows naturally eat grass. Also, tell how the food the animals we consume eat can affect our health.
- What is your worst habit when it comes to junk food? How often do you eat junk food?
- Why do you think organic food is so expensive? What do you think the government should do to get people to eat more organic food?
- How do you feel about the food your school sells? If you have children, do you know what they eat at school? Is it healthy?
- Would you be willing to grow your own vegetables and fruits? Which ones?
- Can you imagine a person who eats unhealthily all the time? Describe their food. What consequences for their health would there be?
This lesson introduces students to the need to eat healthy through a strong introductory statement. It then leads students to brainstorm about what they can do to eat healthy. Before students answer some questions on this topic, they should describe some key words they may use in their answers to the questions.
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