Students will create a family tree. They should include:
Siblings, including half-brothers and sisters
mother and father
grandparents on both their mother’s side and their father’s side
•Any other family members that are alive
or that are accessible (aunts, uncles, great grandparents, cousins, etc)
Students should include siblings, parents and grandparents
at a minimum, even if they have passed away. Students do not have to indicate
on their tree that any of their relatives have passed away if they do not want
to. The trees will be shared, and any information that students might be
sensitive about should be omitted. Students should draw a tree with the names
and birthdates of their family members.There are numerous trees that can be found on the web if you prefer to
provide a ready-made outline for your students.
Students should use the interview sheet provided to find out
information about their family members’ health histories.If a parent is knowledgeable about all the
members in their family, they can use them as a single source. If a parent is
unfamiliar with the health history of a family member, the student can ask that
relative directly. If a family member is not accessible or information is not
readily available, this should not be counted against the student.
Making the Connection: Researching how food affects a disease
Students should choose one health condition (disease) that
has affected their family.They will
research the disease and it’s relation to nutrition (if applicable).They will try to find out:
•Is this disease caused by poor nutrition? (i.e. Type II diabetes,
heart disease, obesity, etc)
•Does nutrition affect a person while they have this disease? (i.e.
People with high blood pressure must watch their diet to improve their
•Is nutrition’s effect on this disease short term or long term? In
other words, does eating poorly cause this problem in the near future (6
months, 1 year) or in the distant future (20 years).
If there are no diseases in the student’s family they can
choose a disease that is affected by nutrition. Further, if there is a disease
that the student does not feel comfortable discussing, they may choose an
alternative condition to research.
Students should write a brief summary of their findings,
answering the questions listed above. In addition, they should write an “action
plan” for someone who wants to prevent the disease. This will be a list of 5 to
10 specific actions a person can take to eat well and prevent a disease or
lesson their chances for facing disease later in life. See a sample list below:
Sample Action Plan:
foods from the five food groups and use the food guide pyramid to tell you
how many servings you need.
variety of fruits and vegetables. Eat from the 5 color groups.
to 9 fruits and vegetables per day.
how many sodas and sugary drinks you have each day.
nutrition labels to make sure the foods you eat have nutrients.
the recommended serving size on the nutrition label.
lots of water.
enough food to have energy, but make sure you balance how much you eat
with how much physical activity you get.