Which kind of beverage are you most likely to drink: water, juice, soda or milk? Why?
Do you think you drink enough water during the day? If not, what are three things you can do to increase your water intake?
According to the article, sugary drinks have been linked to childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, dental problems and high cholesterol. Does knowing this make you want to drink more water and fewer sugary drinks? Why or why not?
According to the article, a number of social issues contribute to children not drinking enough water. If you could identify the main cause for low water consumption where you live, what would it be? Why? What could be done about the problem so children in your area drank more water?
- As a class, discuss what it means to eat healthy. Encourage students to describe how they feel after they've eaten a good meal-and how they feel after they've eaten a lot of junk.
- Point out that people follow many different diets. They make food choices based on factors including personal preferences or beliefs, religious guidelines and health issues such as allergies. Guide students to understand that no matter what diet someone follows, it is still possible to eat healthy.
- Encourage students to conduct research to learn about healthy eating plans. Or, have them review the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) MyPlate Plan to learn about food group targets and personalized food plans.
- Using what they learned, instruct students to create a healthy eating plan for the week. Challenge older students to create a meal plan for the entire month.
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Visit this National Museum of American History site to explore a rich menu of collections, exhibitions, programs and blogs about food.
This lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is designed to provoke conversation around healthy food and eating habits both at school and at home. Over the course of two lessons, elementary students will identify and select healthy food choices, understand good food choices, create and present ideas and justify their decisions to classmates.
In the 1930s, a forgotten federal bureau experimented with ways to make soy and other products more popular in the U.S. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn all about it.
Do you think people are the only ones who have to worry about a healthy diet? Think again! Watch this video to learn how nutritionists ensure a healthy diet for all the animals at the National Zoo.
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about William A. Mitchell, the man who invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, Tang and other 20th-century treats.
From John Glenn’s food in a tube to the shuttle astronauts’ candy coated chocolates, space food has come a long way. In this fast-paced webcast from NASA’s STEM in 30 program students learn about the history of space food, how food is prepared and packaged for space and the changes in nutrition over time.
From tuna fish to the lesser-known woodcock, food experts peer under the bread and find the story of a nation. To hear that story, read this Smithsonian magazine article.