Eat Move Win Perspectives #4: High School Nutrition Program Focuses on Health, Not Weight


Eat Move Win Perspectives #4: High School Nutrition Program Focuses on Health, Not Weight

13, March 2019 12:00 AM

Eat Move Win Perspectives #4: High School Nutrition Program Focuses on Health, Not Weight

High school health, science, and PE teachers all over the U.S. are looking for a nutrition curriculum that is comprehensive, current and—most importantly—fun. Our Eat Move Win program fits the bill. Eat Move Win is an interactive, five-lesson program that empowers high school students to take small steps to better eating and healthier habits.

Created in collaboration with registered dietitian nutritionists and education professionals, Eat Move Win provides an engaging learning experience for students, while leveraging technology to help teachers work smarter, not harder.

We believe you’ll love our program, but we want you to hear from other teachers as well. In this series we’ll introduce you to five teachers that have experienced and loved our program. Read on to see the solution Eat Move Win offered to a teacher looking for an approach that didn’t focus on calories or bodyweight.

Click here for the previous perspective.

Leigh teaches 9th-12th grade health classes at Carmel High School in Carmel, California. Carmel is located on a beautiful stretch of the northern coast of California in a relatively affluent area. Leigh has been a teacher for only a few years and is the sole health educator at her school.

The Problem

During Leigh’s first year of teaching nutrition to high school students she depended on her own judgment to create up-to-date lesson plans. The existing materials were completely outdated so she had to find an alternative.

While many high schools in the nation struggle with obesity as their most pressing health issue, Carmel High struggles with issues surrounding body image. For this reason, Leigh was looking for an approach less focused on counting calories and more focused on nutrients and the importance of eating healthy, balanced meals.

Although one might assume the body image issue to be particular to the female students, it seems that the larger problem had to do with the boys, specifically those on the wrestling team who tended to starve themselves down to the next lower weight class. Another problem was “having muscles and appearing as ‘cut’ as possible down at the beach.”

Leigh needed a top-down nutritional and healthy lifestyle training program.

Finding the Solution

Leigh was introduced to several Dairy Council of California lessons by her Director of Student Services. She went online to dig deeper and was pleased when she found that the coursework was centered on nutrients and deficiencies, with little to no focus on calorie counting.

She also found that the content covered the importance of eating nutritious food and reasons why setting good habits at a young age is critical to long-term health.

One of the key things that attracted Leigh to Eat Move Win was the fact that the information in the materials was meticulously up-to-date and as correct as possible.

Implementing the Solution

Leigh found that implementing Eat Move Win  was seamless. The quizzes in the package were challenging for her junior and senior students and really pushed her 9th graders to think hard.

She liked the way the materials incorporated real-life stories, such as bone breakages in the NBA.

The Results

Leigh has now introduced Eat Move Win to all four of the classes she teaches and continues to educate her students on the impact of not sticking with nutritious eating habits. While the school’s vending machines may still carry unhealthy snacks, those who took her class know to pick a healthier alternative, and they often do.

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