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Nutrition should be taught as a part of the health curriculum because it is important for children to learn healthy lifestyle behaviors Nutrition is the area of health that focuses on planning a healthful diet and includes choosing a variety of foods from the Food Guide Pyramid adhering to dietary guidelines reading food labels making food selections to reduce the risk of disease making healthful selections when dining out considering food safety maintaining desirable weight and avoiding harmful eating patterns and recognizing eating disorders MeeksHieghtPage 1996 p219 I believe that all of these different categories should be taught in the schools health education program Nutrition choices that children make today can dramatically affect their health and well being tomorrow However many of these young people are facing an unhealthy situation For example eating disorders are on the rise the rate of obesity has doubled many childrens diets lack the recommended amounts of vital nutrients and only 1 of children meet all of the nutrition recommendations of the Food Guide PyramidTeaching Adolescent Nutrition p1 This information should support the dire need for proper nutrition education in the school program todayI think that it is important to teach this topic as early as kindergarten but I also think that it is important to continue nutrition education throughout middle school and also throughout high school The material that I chose to teach is geared toward the middle school aged student I believe that it is most important to teach nutrition at this age because it is the age childrenpreteens begin to make their own lifestyle decisions Nutrition education can be integrated in other classes as well as health classes so the students do not think that nutrition education only has to do with health classes and not a mathematics class or a computer class Appropriate nutrition education to recipients of child and adolescent food and nutrition programs is recognized as a key factor in health promotionchronic disease
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