Yes, I know that Nutrition Month is drawing to a close, but I couldn’t resist sharing one last activity idea to promote good health. Plus, this activity doesn’t have to be limited to March — use it anytime you want to teach a nutrition lesson!
I planned this activity around the topics in the Nutrition at a Glance Poster so that you could help your audience internalize 3 keys to balanced nutrition. If you don’t have the poster, no sweat! Just address the topics with your class before you begin the activity.
Divide everyone into three groups and assign one of the three topics on the poster to each group:
- Let Macronutrients Put Their Best Food Forward
- Get Your Vitamins and Minerals from Food
- Avoid Extra Processed Food Dangers by Reading Food Labels
Explain that each group is going to come up with 5 Jeopardy-style pairs of questions and answers about their assigned topic. If computers or smartphones are available, let the students use those to research fun facts and key points to address in their questions.
As the groups work, circulate around the room addressing any issues they might have and reviewing their question and answer pairs to make sure that they’re both accurate and answerable.
Once all the groups have their 5 questions, reconvene the class. Have the macronutrients group present their questions to the vitamins and minerals group, then have the vitamins and minerals group present their questions to the food label group. Finally, the food label group can present their questions to the macronutrients group. With this system, each group can engage deeply with 2 of the 3 topics on the poster.
As the teams are competing, keep score so that you can announce a winner at the end of the activity.
And what’s a good activity without a few prizes to motivate and reward your audience? Here are some of my favorites for Nutrition Month!
- Nutrition Apron
- Daily Food Diary
- Fork Bookmarks
- Nutrition Month Stickers
- Fruits and Vegetables on Forks Stickers
And for other great activities, don’t miss these fun posts…
- 3 Nutrition Month Activity Ideas and a Free Infographic
- Portion Control Activity Ideas
- Nutrition Month at the Worksite: Activity, Display, and Presentation Ideas
- Shopping with MyPlate: An Activity Guide
- Eat More Vegetables: 3 Activity Ideas
Finally, what would Nutrition Month be without a little decoration? Check out these amazing materials…