Welcome to “Eating Well for Good Health”, a learning module designed to explore basic concepts of good nutrition, health and healthy diets.
The lessons are meant to be used in the classroom by middle and secondary school students and their teachers and by people on their own who want to learn more about nutrition and improve their diets and eating habits. They can also be used by leaders of young people and other groups in non-formal settings outside the classroom.
Four main topics have been selected to explore and learn: “What it means to be healthy and well nourished”; “What we get from food”; “How to eat well for good health”; and “Healthful habits and lifestyles”.
Each topic includes 2 or 3 separate lessons, each of which has an overview, learning objectives, questions to think about while reading, reading content, activities and accompanying materials and key points to remember. There are a total of 11 lessons.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING WELL
Eating well helps keep us healthy and active and thus improves our enjoyment of life. Good diets and eating habits are fundamental for proper growth and development and for the prevention of disease. A number of different and very serious health problems are caused by poor diets and poor nutrition. Many of these problems handicap people for their entire lives; some of them lead to death. Learning how to meet our nutritional needs throughout life by making good food choices for a healthful balanced diet can help us avoid or prevent many of these health problems. Eating well for good health requires a basic knowledge of foods and the nutrients they provide and an understanding of our nutritional needs throughout the various stages of life. With this knowledge we can practice good, life-long eating habits that will help us be as healthy as we can be.
The “Eating Well for Good Health” lessons have been developed by Valeria Menza, Nutrition Officer, Food and Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Group, FAO and Claudia Probart, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Penn State University. Maria Volodina, youth education consultant, collaborated on the development of the activities, lesson structure and on the web design. Many other technical experts, teachers, youth leaders and students taking part in a review process contributed valuable comments and ideas. The web site was created by Giulia Ruspantini, in collaboration with the CIOK FAO division. The graphic design of the materials and handouts was created by Chiara Caproni.
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