Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Learning About Nutrition

Over the past few years there has been a lot of controversy on whether or not classes in the family and consumer education area (formerly known as home economics) are important in high school.
Classes such as foods and nutrition are becoming more and more important. The steady rise in obesity in the Nation’s youth population has come to the forefront of our awareness. Obesity in youth has become a top priority for health professionals in the U.S.
A big percentage of obesity in childhood and adolescence can be related to poor eating habits. One effective way to manage obesity is to change eating habits. Making students more aware of dietary needs helps them learn what goes into foods, and the best ways of cooking healthy recipes to benefit them in their later years. Besides being a basic life skill, cooking can instill a feeling of accomplishment and pleasure.
Learning to cook their own meals can help students make more nutritious choice rather than always defaulting to fast food or junk food. High school students are at a stage where it is crucial to learn about the importance of proper nutrition. Teens often do not follow recommended dietary guidelines; they consume many of their calories from sweets and fats.
Nutrition should be an important part of a high school curriculum to teach students eating habits that will benefit their health. Teaching nutrition as part of standard curriculum can help students understand how to make good choices.
In our foods and nutrition class, we teach a balanced mix of nutrition and basic cooking skills that will come in handy later in life. The students aren’t always thrilled about the nutrition portion of the course, but definitely like the cooking labs!!
Teaching students to make good nutrition choices and how to cook are skills that will improve health, save time and money at the grocery store, and promote good health for the rest of their lives.

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