Students learn how an understanding of biology, built environment, and personal behaviors impact weight and health. Students collect data about the world around them and their own eating and physical activity behaviors to understand their choices, take control, and make positive changes. The module's driving question — How can we use scientific evidence to help us make healthful food and activity choices? — frames students' investigations of how the human body works and how food and activity play a crucial role in our well-being — critical ideas in science. Students engage in hands-on investigations of "dynamic equilibrium" — energy intake and expenditure. They explore food preference, their food environment, lifestyle-related diseases, and more. Students examine their personal food choices and use scientific reasoning to analyze what they find out. Finally, they apply what they have learned by making personal decisions related to their diet, physical activity, and overall health.
The Revised 2nd edition has been updated to follow the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also includes teacher requested activities in a readers theater format and a new design to allow teachers to customize the curriculum to suit their unique classroom needs.
“The hands-on activities allowed me to connect with my entire class. It was incredible to see the shift in their perception of healthy eating and the increased confidence in their ability to make healthier choices.”
“I liked when we did experiments to show what happens to different parts of the body if you were not healthy. It also gave me an organized way to make healthy food choices.” – Joseph, age 11
View a sample lesson plan called "Keeping the Flow."