In an effort to keep with our theme system, we transitioned from the Land Beneath our Feet Series, which focused on protecting the environment over to a new theme: health. Our team decided to focus on two aspect about health. First, was that nutrition and understanding nutrition itself is important. Second, fitness is a important, and how frequent you excercise/when you excercise is important.
On the nutrition side, we had five activities that featured what nutrition is and why it's important: Nutrition Science, Understanding Nutrition, Sugar!, and Myplate, Macromolecules Nutrition science, Nutrition Science focused on what the various macromolecules, when consumed does to your body. Using a model human body, we explained how some foods could potentialy clogged arteries in a person. Understanding Nutrition focused on reading nutrition labels, and why consumers should focus on the specific levels of a particular macromolecule. For instance, consuming 1 gram of strawberries isn't the same as consuming 1 gram of butter. Both have different levels of fats, sugar, etc. Sugar allowed students to explore just how much salt and sugar was in daily consumed goods. Matched different vials of sugar and salt to their respective drinks or foods. Myplate, in a basketball style game, required students to thrown in the foods into the correct categories.
On the fitness side, we had Excercise at Home, Lung Capacity, Heart Rate, and Sports Science. Excercise at Home involved students in a variety of physical excercises that can be done without equiptment and virtually in any space. Lung Capacity allows students to measure how much air their lungs can hold. Additionally, students learned about asthma and other breathing diseases through experimentation. Heart Rate taught kids what heart rate is and why it matters. Sports Science taught kids how scientific principles allowed students to become better atheletes.