Ch 2: Healthy Diet Planning Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Healthy Diet Planning chapter of this Science of Nutrition Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the fundamentals of healthy eating in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Healthy Diet Planning chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Diet planning guidelines; healthy eating plan MyPlate guideline, ways to gauge daily food intake and 6 planning principles
Tuesday Hunger and dietary influences Explanation of why people eat and influences, such as culture and gender
Wednesday Domestic health problems, the American diet and nutritional needs Status and characteristics of the American diet, ways to improve health choices and examining nutritional needs
Thursday Calories and reading food labels Meaning and function of a calorie; ways to determine caloric intake and calculate basic units of measure; importance and methods for reading food labels
Friday Healthy habits Techniques for creating healthy nutritional options; discussion of vegan and vegetarian diets

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Healthy Diet Planning Lesson Plans
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Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count

1. Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count

A calorie is a unit of measurement used to express energy. There are three nutrients that provide the body with calories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Learn about these macronutrients and recommendations for total energy intake: EER and AMDRs.

Determining Your Nutritional Needs

2. Determining Your Nutritional Needs

This lesson will teach you about important terms involved in determining your nutritional needs, as well as about a tool that can help you use the latest nutritional science to figure these things out.

Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

3. Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

You are a unique person and therefore, the dietary choices you make should be well-suited to who you are and what you do. The factors that influence these choices will be the focus of this lesson.

Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

4. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.

How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

5. How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

Would you like to know what goes into creating a healthy eating plan? Learn how to evaluate your current food intake, find your nutritional needs, choose the right foods and assess your progress to create a plan that meets your nutritional needs.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

6. How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

The nutritional facts label provides information about the nutrient content of a food item. Learn about the components found on the label, as well as additional nutrient content claims and health claims that food manufacturers can add to packaging in this lesson.

Major Health Problems in the United States

7. Major Health Problems in the United States

Ever wonder what the most common health-related problems are in the United States? You're about to find out what they are and how some of them are related.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

8. Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

This lesson will help you see how easy it is to track what you eat and change your diet for the better. It will also provide you with additional information on where a wealth of information on healthy nutrition can be found.

The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines

9. The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines

The American diet is characterized by a calorie imbalance, a high consumption of nutrient-poor foods and a low consumption of nutrient-dense foods. Learn about the food habits of Americans and the dietary guidelines designed to improve your health in this video lesson.

Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects

10. Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects

A vegan diet is a diet made up of only plant-based foods while a vegetarian diet may allow limited animal products. Learn about the health benefits and lifestyle effects of these diets, including a reduced risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

What Drives Us to Eat? - Influence of Hunger & Appetite

11. What Drives Us to Eat? - Influence of Hunger & Appetite

Appetite and hunger involve the interaction of your brain and hormones, and they are further influenced by external cues. Learn about the role the hypothalamus, vagus nerve, leptin, ghrelin and neuropeptide Y play in driving your desire to eat.

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