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Supertracker Lesson Plans Help High School Students Get Healthy in the Classroom

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Supertracker Lesson Plans Help High School Students Get Healthy in the Classroom

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To help mark the beginning of a healthy school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) recently released updated SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students. This cross-curricular nutrition education resource for teachers, schools and health educators helps students in grades 9-12 learn how to build healthy eating styles using SuperTracker, an online food and physical activity tracking tool, according to a USDA news release.

"SuperTracker is an engaging, interactive tool that can help students think critically about their food and physical activity choices," said Angie Tagtow, executive director of USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, in the release. "As students go back to school this fall, we are pleased to offer a reinvigorated version of our SuperTracker lesson plans with new content based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

To support teachers in making nutrition education a fun and interactive experience, CNPP created a series of six lesson plans intended for use with high school students. Originally released in 2014, the lesson plans have been updated and expanded upon to reflect the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High Schools include a variety of topics such as healthy snacking, creating a personalized food plan, comparing and contrasting different food options and building healthy meals. In addition, two new lessons have been added that cover physical activity and calorie balance. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions and an accompanying handout.

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According to the USDA, the lesson plans are designed for high school Health, Physical Education and Family and Consumer Science teachers. …

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