Hi friends! I’m reporting live from my living room, staring outside at the grey, drizzly day that seems to be the norm these days. C’mon Seattle, where is the sun?!
I wanted to pop in today to share a few photos from last week when Amanda and I taught our very first nutrition lesson to adolescents and young adults…on a farm!
We spent the quarter developing our lesson plan in our Nutrition Education course. We started the planning process by developing our needs assessment based on the age of our students (adolescents and young adults) and feedback from our site liaison.
We focused our lesson on sugar sweetened beverages and self-efficacy. The goal was to give our students the tools they need to make educated choices about their consumption.
We avoided including anything in the lesson that made it sound like we were trying to tell our students what they could or could not drink. Autonomy is everything when it comes to food choices, so using scare tactics (i.e. if you drink too much sugar, you will die!) doesn’t work. Especially when our audience was adolescent and young adults, because their priorities are less focused on the future.
We led a 60-minute lesson that started with the ice breaker, ‘What is your spirit food?” Mine was a grape because I am a **burst** of energy 🙂 We played ‘match the bottle to the bag of sugar’ to start the lesson. I had so much fun making our poster! ↑ I think the most surprising drinks were the vitamin water and the chocolate milk. Yikes – so much sugar!
Throughout the lesson, we talked about how to read a nutrition label, the connection between sugar intake and type II diabetes, the marketing strategies that companies use to sell their products, the “sugar rush”, and alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages.
Our students were great and a ton of fun to teach! We didn’t have a designated classroom so we had to make due with a non-traditional setting…the grass! It was a fun challenge to overcome when planning our lesson.
The most surprising aspect of our experience was how much knowledge our students already had! In retrospect, our lesson could have been more in-depth, but that’s just part of the learning process. For a first-time lesson, we killed it! 🙂
- Have you ever had to teach a lesson to adolescents or young adults?
- If you could take a lesson on one nutrition topic, what would it be?
- Would you like taking classes outdoors, or would it be distracting?