Nutrition Project

NUTRITION PROJECT
The Importance of Staying Physically Active and Eating Right
(This project will be part of the Fitness and Nutrition Guide to Wellness)
 
Your Nutrition Project should include the following parts. Each part receives the specified points. You may use and type into the sheets found in Forms and Publications in the Bulletin Board drop down or click on link to open the part you need. After it is opened, save as a Word document in your computer.
 
1. What is a balanced and nutritious diet? – 20 points (5 paragraph essay –need to create your own document)
       What is nutrition?
–       Explain how a balanced diet keeps you healthy.
–       What is your assessment of the food analysis from your diet? Are you eating a balanced nutritious diet? What changes could you make if any?
 
2.  Nutrition Log –Food analysis of your diet – 20 points (Use handout)
       Using the spread sheet provided, record four (4) days of meals, snacks and drinks that you actually ate.
–       Nutrient breakdown (calories, carbohydrates and fats) for all foods should be listed. Include the portion size and food group it is listed in. Use the pyramids as guides to help facilitate the organization.
–       After each meal subtotal the amounts for calories, fats and carbohydrates.
       At the end of each day determine the totals for the day in the categories of calories, carbohydrates and fats
 
3.  Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins – 10 points (link to Word document)
–       What is Nutrition?
–       Describe metabolism and calories.
–       Identify the functions and food sources of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
 
4. Vitamins, Minerals, and Water – 10 points (link to Word document)
–       Describe the function and food sources of 7 vitamins.
–       Describe the function and food sources of 7 vitamins.
–       Identify the importance of drinking enough water everyday.
 
5. Meeting your nutritional needs – 10 points (link to Word document)
       Describe what the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are.
       Analyze the nutritional value of food by using the information on the food label.
       Identify the purpose of the My Pyramid food guide system and identify foods from each of its food groups.
 
6. Choosing a Healthful Diet – 10 points (link to Word document)
–       Why certain foods are called junk foods.
–       Describe examples of healthful snacks.
–       Compare the dietary needs of teens and adults.
–       Identify why people with special dietary needs should be careful how they plan their diet.
 
7. 1-Day Meal Planner – 10 points (Create your own document)
–       Create a menu for 1 day; what would you need to eat to meet your nutritional needs?
–       Nutrient breakdown (calories, carbohydrates and fats) for all foods and include the portion size and food group it is listed in. 
–       After each meal subtotal the amounts for calories, fats and carbohydrates.
       At the end of the day determine the totals for the day in the categories of Calorie, Carbohydrates and Fats
 
8. Reflection – 10 points (Create your own document)
–       Write a short reflective paragraph about your experience planning and eating a diet that meets your specific nutritional needs.