Good nutrition is essential for mental and physical well-being. Food is packed full of nutrients and calories, so let’s clear up what these two items are:
Nutrients – A substance that provides nourishment essential for the maintenance of life and for growth.
Calories – Tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night. Jokes! A calorie is a unit that is used to measure energy. The calorie you see on a food package is actually a kilocalorie, or 1,000 calories.
Obesity in children is on the increase in SA at an alarming rate. Children need to know that what they eat today impacts their health in later years.
— Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in —
Each teacher can encourage their learners to, as far as possible, choose wisely and rein in on that fast food. Here are some great resources on this important subject.
Nutrition: Gr 8
This product is an animated PowerPoint (17 slides) that may be used for Grade 8. It includes types of nutrients and minerals, balanced diet, malnutrition, nutritional disorders as well as mechanical and chemical digestion.
Life Skills: Food
This resource contains picture cards with words. Pictures and words that are included cover fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, grains, and sweets.
Writing a Balanced Argument: 9-14 Years
The topic for this resource is Young People Eat Too Much Fast Food. The learners will develop their writing skills and in addition, this will open an interesting discussion on nutrition.
The Food Web and Food Chain Comparison
Use this product in the intermediate phase to assist in understanding food webs. It consists of 2 slides in PowerPoint.
My Gesondheid / My Health: Gr 3
This is a great Afrikaans reading resource on the topic of health. This is a printable workbook consisting of Afrikaans vocabulary to use in short sentences.
Food Processing: Gr 6
This resource consists of a summary and worksheets on food processing. They can be used in natural science and technology lessons.