What's on Your Plate for You?
  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Define philanthropy to include giving and sharing; volunteering; and private individual action intended for the common good. Explain how a volunteer individual/group can act for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 06. Role of Family in Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.3 Identify how subgroups and families in society demonstrate giving, volunteering, and civic involvement.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark HS.4 Describe and give examples of characteristics of someone who helps others.
  3. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Provide a needed service.
      2. Benchmark HS.6 Describe the procedures and the importance of sensitivity to the people with whom students are working.

Learners describe good nutritional practices and make a plan to eat healthy.

PrintOne 50-Minute Session

The learner will:

  • interpret The USDA My Plate recommendations for healthy eating.
  • projected image of the USDA My Plate website
  • optional: youth sign up for the myplate app for nutritional goal setting



  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Watch a video about healthy eating. Summaryize it by showing the USDA guidelines that suggest half of your plate is vegetables, one quarter is lean meat or protein, and one quarter is legumes or whole grain. Discuss the reasons to eat a healthy balanced diet. Not everyone is able to eat so many vegetables, and not everyone chooses to eat that way. Discuss why it is good for the whole community if everyone has a healthy diet.

  2. Read about food deserts and the cost of healthy eating in time and dollars. Why is it easier to eat processed foods? 

  3. Put the young people in small groups to do internet research and come up with a list of "Ten Tips for Healthy Eating." After 20 minutes, have groups share their tips.

  4. Define the term philanthropy as "giving and sharing, volunteering and private individual action intended for the common good." Discuss whether we as a volunteer group have the ability to act for the common good to help our community eat healthy foods. What are some things we could do?