Connection: Researching how food affects
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, lack of physical activity, or
tobacco use? (i.e. Type II diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc)
•Does nutrition, lack of physical activity, or tobacco use affect a
person while they have this disease? (i.e. People with high blood pressure
must watch their diet to improve their condition.)
•Does nutrition, lack of physical activity, or tobacco use on this
disease have a short term or long term effect? In other words, does eating
poorly, not exercising, or using tobacco 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, lack of physical activity, or
tobacco use. 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 be healthy and prevent a disease or
lessen their chances for facing disease later in life. See a sample list below:
Sample Action Plan for Nutrition:
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.
fruit or other healthy foods for snacks.
100% fruit juice with your breakfast.
Students will present this information at the Pot-Luck