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Students plant a garden and/or fix up a community space for physical activity

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

 

Title – Do Something about… Eating Healthy
Day 10: Green Day
By – Do Something, Inc.
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects –  
Grade Level – 9-12

Do Something about…
Eating Healthy
10-Day Unit

The following lesson is the final culminating lesson of a 10-day
Eating Healthy Unit from Do Something, Inc.
Other lessons in this unit are as follows:

 
Day 1: Green Scene
Students learn the benefits of green vegetables and the number of recommended servings
Day 2: Vital Vitamins
Students learn about different types of vitamins and how they function in the body
Day 3: Nutritious Choices
Students examine their eating habits and learn about a balanced diet
Day 4: International Food Day
Students learn the differences in people’s diets from around the world
Day 5: Super-size Me
Students learn about America’s growing obesity and its relationship to portion size
Day 6: Got Greens?
Students learn ways foods are marketed towards youth in order to start their own green campaign
Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity
Students learn about the New Food Pyramid and how to evaluate their Body Mass Index
Day 8: Action Plan
Students evaluate their own activity levels and plan ways to add more movement into their lives
Day 9: Fitting in Fitness
Students evaluate how they spend their time and how to include physical activity into their day
Day 10: Green Day (See the lesson below)
Students plant a garden and/or fix up a community space for physical activity

 

More student resources for this cause are at:
www.dosomething.org/causes/healthy_eating

 

 

Day 10: Green Day

Goal:

Students will culminate their activity by planting a garden and/or fixing up a community space in order to use it for physical activity.

 

Steps:

    1. Warm-up: Discuss how aware students feel their school is about health, diet and fitness?
    2. Tell students that they will begin to plan a way they can make their environment healthier. One way students can do that is by making their environment greener.
    3. Depending on the school environment, select an indoor or outdoor space for a community garden. Have students select what types of plants they would like to grow. Research which plants will have the best chance of survival. If students can grow fruits or vegetables, encourage them to create a card detailing the nutritional value of these foods.
    4. Other Ideas: If students cannot plant a garden, encourage them to think of other ideas to celebrate “Teens for Greens.” For example:
      1. Create a green day celebration where people bring in different healthy foods to share with others.
      2. Evaluate school menus in terms of healthy eating, run a healthy snack bar.
      3. Develop a brochure for a grocery stand about the nutrients in each type of food.
      4. Organize a health information center where other students can learn about BMI and how to increase their daily activity through simple activities.
      5. Create an impromptu exercise area where students can take a few minutes after lunch to lift weight, do sit-ups, or jumping jacks.

 

  1. Reflect: Have student write our a few ideas they will take away with them after these ten days. What do they think they will continue to focus on? Healthy eating? Exercise? Issues of public health?

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