Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (9-12)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Health and PE
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Hunger (poverty)
Focus Question 

 Why is it important to practice healthy living  habits and advocate for healthy living practices in a community? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Students explore healthy living habits for themselves and for their community. They practice making healthy food choices, exercising and helping people of the community do the same. Learners develop a service-learning project based on a community needs assessment.

Service Experience 
Through analysis of surveys, research, interests, and talents, students select and plan a service project to improve an area of community health. They carry out the project and demonstrate the process and outcomes to a community audience.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (9-12)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students examine elements of a balanced diet and keep track of their food and exercise over time. The students identify the availability of healthy foods in the school, neighborhood, and home environments. The students learn the importance of physical activity and learn a dance routine. They read and and discuss news articles about the effects of diet on sports performance.

Unit: 
Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (9-12)
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

Students explore the concept of healthy body image through an exploration of media messages.  They create commercials that celebrate different bodies’ shapes and sizes. Students learn about obesity and design a comic strip or graphic poster to educate others about healthy eating, exercise, and sleep. Students work in small groups to explore food-related health issues, including genetically modified food, pollution, pesticides, hormones, and outbreaks of food-borne diseases such as salmonella and e coli.