10 Health and Nutrition Best Practices

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Health and Nutrition EducationBest Practices : 

Health and Nutrition EducationBest Practices Robin Sinks, Health Curriculum, Leader Long Beach USD Janis Price, Health Educator, Long Beach USD

Session Objectives : 

Session Objectives Participants will be able to: 1. describe how two districts provide nutrition education through their health education curriculum 2. identify the essential nutrition education concepts and skills within the Health Education curriculum 3. describe elements of successful Health Education curriculum 4. identify resources (instructional materials, staff training, funding) to support nutrition education within the Health Education curriculum

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“Healthy eating habits ideally are established during childhood, and schools are uniquely positioned to model, promote and reinforce healthy behaviors.” Healthy Eating Active Communities (2007). Key Lessons From California Schools Working to Change School Food Environments. The California Endowment.

Health Knowledge Quiz : 

Health Knowledge Quiz Record your answer: “True” or “False” It is healthy to wear a seat belt. It is healthy to eat a nutritious breakfast. It is healthy to brush and floss your teeth. It is healthy to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week. It is healthy to get adequate sleep.

Health Behaviors Quiz : 

Health Behaviors Quiz Record your answer: “True” or “False” I always wear a seat belt in the car. I eat a nutritious breakfast every day. I brush and floss daily. I get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 3 times a week. I always get adequate sleep.

Goal of Health Education : 

Goal of Health Education Health literacy is the capacity of an individual to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services and the competence to use such information and services in ways which are health-enhancing. Joint Committee on Health Education Standards (1990)

Content Areas in Health Education : 

Content Areas in Health Education Personal Health Consumer/Community Environmental Nutrition Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco Injury Prevention & Safety Family Living Growth & Development Chronic & Communicable Disease

Goal of Nutrition Education : 

Goal of Nutrition Education Our goal in nutrition education is to increase students’ knowledge, positive attitudes, and consumption of nutrient dense foods (those foods with high nutritional value compared to calories) It’s all about changing behavior!

Health Literacy : 

Health Literacy National Health Education Standards (NHES)

Nutrition Education focused on Core Concepts : 

Nutrition Education focused on Core Concepts Essential Nutrients Benefits to eating healthy and increasing PA MyPyramid recommendations and food groups Components of healthy snacks List sedentary, moderate and vigorous PA

Nutrition Education focused on Accessing Information : 

Nutrition Education focused on Accessing Information Label Reading Locations for healthy foods and PA Readability and validity of web sites Popular diets and health products for safety and adequate nutrient content

Nutrition Education focused on Analyzing Influences : 

Nutrition Education focused on Analyzing Influences Internal and external influences regarding food choices How family, friends and media influence food choices - Advertising literacy

Nutrition Education focused on Decision Making : 

Nutrition Education focused on Decision Making - Decision making process to select nutritious foods - Decision making process to select healthy options for physical activity

Decision Making Model : 

Decision Making Model Decision Making Process Identify the decision to be made Make a Pros and Cons list (emphasizing positive and negative consequences) Choose the best option Reflection MOST IMPORTANT! Would I make the same decision again? “Use the decision making process to plan nutritionally adequate meals at home and away from home.”

Decision Making Model : 

Decision Making Model Positive Consequences Negative Consequences Situation Reflection:

Nutrition Education focused on Goal Setting : 

Nutrition Education focused on Goal Setting - Plan to choose healthy foods and beverages - Plan to eat your recommended amounts of foods in each food group

Goal Setting : 

Goal Setting D R I V E R S Distracters Distracters Short and Long Term Goals

Nutrition Education focused on Interpersonal Communication : 

Nutrition Education focused on Interpersonal Communication - Dialogues that express needs, ideas, and opinions -“Mom, can we buy cereal that has whole wheat.” - Clear and organized - Effective ways to say “no” - Appropriate and effective verbal and nonverbal strategies

Nutrition Education focused on Self-Management : 

Nutrition Education focused on Self-Management - Habits of healthy eating (EX: choosing healthier foods on menus, asking for dressing on the side, choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator) - Strategies to avoid or manage unhealthy or dangerous situations. Steps in the correct order if there are any.

Nutrition Education focused on Advocacy : 

Nutrition Education focused on Advocacy - Clear stand for a healthy choice. - Explain why the stand taken is good for health. - Awareness of the audience for the message. - Conviction about the message. Be persuasive! - Students advocate for enhances nutritional options in school or community

How can teachers teach skills in the classroom? : 

How can teachers teach skills in the classroom? Teachers begin educating students with core concepts and guide students as they start to develop skills that leads to a health promoting life style. Persuasive writing Creating Action Plans Role Playing Journal Entries LOTS of opportunities for PRACTICE!!!

How can we use an orange to teach healthy eating? : 

How can we use an orange to teach healthy eating? Let’s apply the National Health Education Standards to nutrition education Which standard is assessed in the following objectives? Compare the nutrient density of orange juice and orange drink using a food label Draw an orange, label parts Analyze marketing strategies used in an orange soda commercial Sing about oranges

How can we use an orange to teach healthy eating? : 

How can we use an orange to teach healthy eating? Set a goal and develop a plan to eat two more oranges each week Watch a video on how oranges grow Identify the consequences of eating more oranges each week Practice peeling an orange Write a letter to the food service director persuading her to use more oranges Measure an orange

Effective Health Education Strategies : 

Effective Health Education Strategies Presents current, accurate information Recognizes similarities and differences among students Emphasizes importance of behavior Is culturally appropriate Is accessible to all students Provides opportunities for active learning

Effective Health Education Strategies : 

Effective Health Education Strategies Focuses on mental and emotional health throughout Emphasizes character development Uses technology to enhance learning Connects concepts with other learning with other areas of health education with components of coordinated school health with other academic disciplines

Reality Check: Modeling Healthy Behaviors : 

Reality Check: Modeling Healthy Behaviors In addition to all that we do in providing skills-based health education based on all of the theories of learning, we need to remember that our actions frequently speak louder than our words. Don’t forget to model healthy behaviors!

Resources - Instructional Materials : 

Resources - Instructional Materials California adopted Health Textbooks USDA, Dairy Council and PowerPlay! California Healthy Kids Resource Center (see Handout) Remember: Research-based strategies!

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