Nutrition Education Essay

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Healthy Living with Nutrition Education In this decade, each one of us has struggled with some kind of health issue even though we seem healthy and normal. We are no longer living in a world of good nutrition and health due to the abundance of high caloric food, lack of physical activity, and the lack of nutrition education. More than that, people are not eating healthy food anymore; they are eating sugar everyday instead of vegetables and colorful fruits- especially the children. Because of this, our societies are full of people with obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and mental illness starting at early childhood, and it is impacting young children more than in the last decade. Therefore, we have nutrition education in schools for…show more content…
I have read and followed the website of the USDA, SlowfoodUSA.org and Nutritionfacts.org to learn more about nutrition and a healthy diet. The purposes of these websites are to create nutrition education programs that “provide[Where does this quote end? Got it] the guideline of food choice, to gain the nutritional knowledge and skills, aims to raise the awareness about food education nationally, help students establish healthy eating habits and to keep students informed of the latest news about what they eat throughout their lifespan.” I have spent a lot of time researching the pros and cons of nutrition education articles and have compared and contrasted these studies to my real life during the time I was taking nutrition class. And yet, I found out that some people view nutrition education programs as having a positive benefit while other…show more content…
According to this research, the authors establish that “In this period, children are more independent, start making their own food choices and take personal decisions regarding what they eat. The family is less important, especially for adolescents, while friends, peers and social models are the key influences on their eating practices” (Pérez-Rodrigo and Aranceta, 2003). In addition, the USDA found that successful nutrition education occurred not only when learning aboutnutrition information and healthy choices alone, but when these lessons were included in other subjects like Math, Science and languages at early ages (Pérez-Rodrigo & Aranceta, 2001). For example, middle school students in nutrition education class measured the amount of water, wheat, and oil in measuring beakers before added to the cooking pot. Additionally, students worked in groups to develop skills in cooking, school gardening, exhibitions and other workshop activities relating to real life experiences. These activities included classroom discussions, worksheets, keeping food records, shopping exercises and taste-testing. By having all this knowledge combined with the practical skills, I and other students learned a lot of things from nutrition education which can help in real life experience such as
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