This month's modules focus on healthy eating and how it not only benefits physical health, but mental health as well. Our goal is for students to grasp a better understanding of the basic ideas and principles of what a "good" diet looks like and how food affects the body. According to Dr. Selhub (2018), our brain is always "on" and is in charge of our thoughts, movements, breathing, senses, etc.., which in turn, requires a lot of fuel to keep "running." The fuel that we require, comes from our food intake. Therefore, the food we eat makes a difference in how our brain runs.
Dr. Selhub compares our brains to expensive cars. Just like an expensive car, our brain functions best when it receives its optimal fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain vitamins and minerals nourishes the brain, protects it from stress, and keeps it running.
We asked our students to describe their favorite meal and share whether or not they felt it was a healthy food. The following link was shared to the students of a TED talk explaining how the food you eat affects your brain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyQY8a-ng6g
After the video, we asked students to explain what a balanced diet means, including proteins, fats, carbohydrates (whole grains and legumes), and hydration. With this information, students were asked to provide examples of what is considered a healthy balanced diet.
Students were given 4 empty plates. On each plate, students created meals for the day. (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack). On the back of each plate, students calculated total calories and which food groups they ate). Take a look at how they came out!
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The Bridge Program: Burlington High School