We are wrapping up our unit on nutrition in PE. We’ve talked about the kinds of foods we eat and how they make up a healthy (or not so healthy!) diet. Some of the topics we covered:
- “Eat a Rainbow”. If you eat a variety of brightly colored (naturally, of course) food—red, green, orange, yellow, brown, white—your meal will be nutritious. This is an easy thing even for preschoolers to remember.
- Food Groups. We now teach this with a very sensible “plate” arrangement. Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables.
- Macronutrients provide calories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. We learned fat has over two times more calories per gram than the first two, so you have to run over twice as far to burn it off!
- Vitamins and minerals. We eat rocks and metal, believe it or not.
- Serving size. It doesn’t matter what you eat if you eat too much of it.
- Reading labels. Learn what’s in that box, bag or pouch.
We teach all of this actively, with kids choosing their foods and collecting bean bags to represent the nutrition in each. Watch out for those French fries!