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Lesson 4: Healthy Food Choices & Snack Choices for Teens: A Day In the Life of Some Busy Teenagers

Emily Turner
Teenagers don’t always have enough time. During their busy days, they much choose a healthy breakfast, health lunch or dinner, and hopefully a healthy snack. This video is part of a nutrition lesson for middle school students from Dairy Council of California called Exercise Your Options (More information and materials at http://www.healthyeating.org/EYO). In this video, we follow a few teens around during their busy day and watch as they make healthy (and somewhat unhealthy) food and snack choices. For teachers in high school or junior high, this video is an excellent discussion and learning springboard to investigate what constitutes healthy food or healthy snack choices for teens, how to balance the demands of a busy day against nutrition, and how to get teens to eat healthy (of their own accord!). With both boy and girl perspectives, the video also touches on the need for speed and the teen’s high metabolisms. Are carbohydrates good? Is milk a necessity? Are vegetables optional? Investigate these and other questions, and have a lively debate over just what constitutes healthy choices and good nutrition for teens in today’s busy American society.

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