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Students evaluate their own activity levels and plan ways to add more movement into their lives

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Do Something about… Eating Healthy
Day 8: Action Plan
By – Do Something, Inc. / www.dosomething.org
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – Other
Grade Level – 9-12

Do Something about…
Eating Healthy
10-Day Unit

The following lesson is the eighth 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 (See the lesson below)
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
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 8: Action Plan

Goal:

Students will evaluate their own activity levels and think of way to bring more movement into their everyday life.

Steps:

  1. Warm-up: If possible, work with the physical education teacher and administer a fitness test. Otherwise, have students do jumping jacks and take their pulse.
  2. Use the following chart to measure resting and active pulse rates:http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/pulse-measurement Do students’ pulse rates fall into normal range? How does pulse rate speak to a person’s health and level of fitness?
  3. Afterwards, ask students to rate their daily activity level using these categories: Sedentary, Moderate Activity, Active, or Very Active.
  4. Ask students to define what a sedentary lifestyle means. What might moderate activity look like?
  5. Go to any of the following websites to calculate the amount of calories burned during various activities:
  6. Explain to students that all of these websites take into account weight and the amount of time for a particular activity.

  7. Reflect: In groups, have students brainstorm 10 ways to increase their activity level. These might be actual exercises or small ways they can change their routines, like not using the remote to turn a channel or walking up stairs instead of taking the elevator.

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