I’m rearranging my nutrition lessons for my 6th-12th grade class. What are the top 10 things you would place importance in teaching nutrition to 6th-12th graders.
Considerations should include: fiber, protein, carbs, fats, water intake, vitamins, minerals, what a calorie is, etc etc etc[/quote]
Basics are basics and I don’t really see the need to change much for the lower grades, except maybe to specifically address junk foods, and the importance of limiting them (not necessarily avoiding them like the plague, depending on your take on it.)
With the high schoolers, 9-12th, I’d consider branching out to issues related to nutrition:
A basic intro to supplements (since there’s a good chance any student-athletes are taking protein, maybe creatine, and possibly considering other stuff.) You could cover how to prioritize supplements so that they serve as a… supplement… to already solid training and nutrition, and how to avoid crappy supps.
The role of exercise (weight training, cardio, sport specific) and how nutrition can effect performance and results. You could bring up “Tons of exercise plus zero calories doesn’t make you lose weight” or “Just because athletes burn more calories doesn’t mean they should be fueled by Snickers bars”.
Eating disorders. A heavy topic (wow, no pun intended), but one that should probably be addressed. The Figure Athlete site had a great general article addressing the issue.
I think it’s definitely one issue that younger girls and guys should learn about, whether they’re athletes or not.