Our vision: a sustainable and equitable food system that nourishes healthy futures for all youth.

Our mission: An Ounce of Nutrition offers high-quality sustainable food and nutrition education curriculum to middle and high school teachers. Our courses are designed to educate youth about the nutritional benefits of real foods that are responsibly made.

HIGH SCHOOL

 

“Food for Thought” Curriculum

 

Food for Thought is more than a typical nutrition education class.  We also cover pertinent topics related to our current food system.  In this course students learn about basic nutrition and cooking skills, the process of how food is made and how the food choices students make impact their personal health and the world around them.  Our goal is to inspire them to take part in creating a healthier food system for us all!

 

This curriculum meets National standards for family and consumer sciences, health education, science and social science.  It also aligns well with environmental and culinary education.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT GOOGLE DRIVE
** with purchase of Food For Thought Curriculum

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Google Drive gives you access to a Google drive with additional tools to help you implement the Food for Thought curriculum.  It includes over 37 power point presentations which correspond with each lesson plan in the curriculum, plus the following:

 

  • Film worksheets
  • Supplemental activities
  • Recipes
  • Grading rubrics
  • Talking points
  • Student worksheets
  • Articles
  • Video clip ideas
  • Other supporting materials
  • And much, much more!

 

Program package:
Package price for curriculum plus access to Google drive is $299

Implement the Food For Thought Curriculum with Google Drive!**

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

“You Are What You Eat” Curriculum

 

The “You Are What You Eat” (YAWYE) curriculum addresses 10 pertinent topics related to student health and their food environment.  It emphasizes choosing “real” food in every aspect of life, including when playing sports or being active.  Students learn about food culture and history, meals and snacks, healthier dining out choices, the importance of fruits and vegetables and reading labels. As students go through the course, they learn about how their food choices impact their health and the world around them.  An optional incorporated activity is to have students complete a personal wellness plan that integrates “real” food nutrition with physical activity and setting positive emotional habits (e.g. reducing stress).

 

 

This curriculum is aligned with the 4 C’s of 21st Century learning skills;
1) Critical thinking, 2) Collaboration, 3) Communication and 4) Creativity.

 

 

 

Dates for a Date

Real foods are generally better quality foods, because they are packaged in a more nutritious wrapper than their highly processed counterparts.  Take dates for example.  Dates are really high in sugar, which makes them a good candidate for raising blood sugar levels.  High blood sugar levels can cause the sugar crash leading to fatigue, headaches, irritability, lack of concentration and a craving for more sugar.  Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision problems and diabetes-related complications.

 

Dates are high in sugar, but yet they don’t seem to cause the same crash as regular old table sugar.  The big reason why is because what they are packaged in….fiber.  Dates are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber is only found in plants and it is the part of the plant that is not digested.  Dates are mostly an insoluble fiber that is not digested and help keeps you regular. They also are digested slower, so don’t cause that rapid rise in blood sugar levels.  Translation, they do not cause the sugar crash! Plus, they are high in carbohydrates that provide energy for active teens. more....