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Nutrition Project Ideas for High School

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has taught high school and college biology and has a master's degree in cancer biology.

Nutrition is something that should be understood earlier in life. Your high school students will learn and display what they have learned about nutrition by completing the following projects.

Nutrition

Water, shelter, and food are the three things required for us to live. We're dependent on the food we eat to give our bodies the nutrients that they need. Not all food is equal by any stretch of the imagination. There are nutritious foods, which are foods that carry nutrients, and there are foods that are nothing but empty calories. It's important to know which nutrients your body needs in order for your body to function. Your high school students can show their understanding of nutrition by completing the projects below.

My Meal Project

Most teens are not overly concerned with how much nutrition they get from the foods they eat. Learning to be more aware of how their bodies respond to them eating more nutritious foods will help your high school students to learn all about nutrition. That is the goal of this first project.

Materials

  • legal-sized printer paper
  • colored pencils
  • Stapler with staples
  • internet access

Procedure

  • Allow your students to work in pairs for this project
  • Tell your students that they are going to create a weekly meal plan for high school students. They can choose from making one for a high school athlete, a non-athlete (general), or vegetarian.
  • Explain to your students that they are to write what the student will eat for 3 meals for seven days. They should include nutrition information such as which food groups the foods belong to and calorie content. You could also tell your students to write a short list of foods to avoid due to a lack of nutritional value. They will need to use the internet to research this information.
  • Have your students swap meal plans. They should evaluate each other's meal plans by double checking the nutrition information.
  • If possible, have students try the meal plans for a week and journal any differences they notice.

Nutrient Breakdown Project

What we put in our bodies is just the start of getting nutrition into our bodies. The foods we eat have to be broken down into a form that they body can utilize. Our foods are broken down at different points in the digestive tract based on which food group or groups they belong to.

Materials

  • paper or small poster boards
  • textbook
  • student computers with internet access
  • Colored pencils or markers

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