Nutrition and Healthy Food Choices

Great job on your Exercise for Life flyers! ūüôā ¬†Now that we’ve talked about fitness and the benefits of proper exercise, we’ll be taking a look at proper nutrition and how nutrients affect our bodies.¬† We will be covering responsible eating, making healthy food choices, understanding the food pyramid, and the effects of fast food on our bodies.¬†


As we go into this topic, think about this:


Here is a powerpoint of Nutrition and the 6 Essential Nutrients:


Great Brief Article Summary of the 6 ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS:

6 Essential Nutrients and Why Your Body Needs Them


For a review of the 6 Nutrients and MyPlate, check out this video:


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Click this link from KidsHealth for an in-depth description of Vitamins and their benefits!











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Unit 1: End of Unit Review

Next week¬†we will be taking our Unit Test on Fitness and Nutrition. ¬†You’ve all done such a great job on both your Exercise for Life Brochures and the Dangers of Processed Food Videos and both of those resources will be a big help in reviewing for the assessment. ¬†Before getting started on the review, please make sure to check your classrooms¬†and do the following:

1. Make sure the Dangers of Processed Food Video is Completed and uploaded

Turn it in to the classroom

2. Answer any of your missing reflections in your Google Classroom and turn in documents missing (if any)

Turn it in to the classroom


Below you will find Stations and questions that will help you as you review!  You can do this individually or in pairs. Good Luck!

ūüôā Ms. V

Station 1: My Plate (Understanding the Food Groups)

Take a look at the My Plate¬†video posted below. ¬†When you’re done discuss with a partner why the food pyramid is helpful for our overall health. How is the food plate different from the 6 nutrients?




Station 2: Areas of Health

Discuss the 6 different areas of health/wellness and how we can focus on maintaining a healthier life in each of those areas.


Station 3: Essential Questions

Answer the following essential questions:

  1. How can I be health smart?
  2. Why is regular exercise so essential for everyone?
  3. What makes a food healthy or unhealthy?
  4. What does the phrase ‚ÄúYou are what you eat‚ÄĚ mean to you?
  5. Why do teens develop unhealthy eating behaviors?


Station 4: Nutrition 

With a partner or individually, answer what nutrition is, why it is important, and how important the 6 nutrients are to our overall health. Make sure you can identify the 6 nutrients and examples for each.


Station 5: Fitness

Review your Exercise for Life magazine and Dangers of Processed Food Movies in your google drives and identify health benefits of exercise as well as risks for those who do not exercise.


Station 6: Key Words

Go back to your notes or use the keywords document in the classroom and fill in the nutrition key words.  Then, review and answer as many of the key words below as you can!  


Station 7: Quizlet Review

Go through both of these quizlets to help you with key concepts!

Quizlet on Fitness:

Quizlet on Nutrition:


Station 8: Comment on two blog posts on the Wellness Wall

Read through the posts on the Wellness Wall and choose two¬†that you can relate to or interest you. ¬†Use the “I see… it makes me think about… Now I wonder” format to write your comments. ¬†


STOP HERE…Everything below is older content not used for this school year.

Old Reference on the My Pyramid (see My Plate video above instead):


Unit 1 Project: Dangers of Fast Food

After talking about the essential nutrients our bodies need and watching the effects that a high fat diet can have on our bodies (Supersize Me), you have been tasked with creating a movie that will explain to teenagers what the dangers of fast food are.

Below are the guidelines and rubric for this project:

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Use this document to help you plan your movie and the facts you will be using! MAKE A COPY and save it into your Wellness drive.


Looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

Ms. V ūüôā

Unit 1 Project: Exercise for Life Brochure

You’ve been asked to design a brochure to convince your peers that exercising and staying healthy is good for you! Your brochure will include the elements of exercise and staying healthy that we’ve discussed as a class: ¬†Components of Fitness, Benefits of Exercise, Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle. Below are the guidelines for this project and the rubric on how you will be graded.¬†Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 12.57.12 PM

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Use this link to access the Reflection and Self-Assessment for this assignment.

You can also use our Wellness Textbook! ¬†Don’t forget that proper MLA citation for the book is as follows:¬†Athreya, Balu H.¬†Holt Decisions for Health: Level Blue. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007. Print.

Take a look at these samples by former students to help you get started!

Exemplar 1

Exemplar 2

Looking forward to seeing your final brochures! Ms. V ūüôā

Healthy Habits and SMART Goals

Now that we know more about the 6 areas of Health, thinking about healthy habits and setting goals for ourselves this semester will be a bit easier.  In class we will be working on creating a Vision Board of 3 Wellness Goals that we will set for ourselves.  



Remember when writing your goals to use our S.M.A.R.T. formula:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R РRelevant 

T – Timed




UNIT 1: Healthy Body

Unit Understandings:


  • Students will understand personal choices when making healthy decision related to goal setting, physical Fitness and Nutrition.
  • Students will understand that the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors which affect their health behaviors can aid or hinder their personal health goals.
  • Students will understand that practicing health-enhancing behaviors such as personal health goal setting, proper understanding and care of body systems, and proper nutrition can reduce their health risks.
Essential Questions:
  1. How can I be health smart?
  2. Why is regular exercise so essential for everyone?
  3. What makes a food healthy or unhealthy? 
  4. What does the phrase ‚ÄúYou are what you eat‚ÄĚ mean to you?¬†¬†
  5. Why do teens develop unhealthy eating behaviors?

Take a look at this Chapter in our textbook for an overview of health and setting SMART goals for yourself!