Planet Health: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Teaching Middle School Nutrition and Physical Activity

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Human Kinetics, 2007 - Education - 580 pages
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The second edition of Planet Health: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Teaching Middle School Nutrition and Physical Activity offers an innovative approach to teaching health education. You can use this proven, evidence-based curriculum to teach students about nutrition and physical activity while helping them build skills and competencies in language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education. The curriculum is designed for use by teachers in core academic areas as well as in physical education and health.

This new edition includes revised nutrition and physical activity information, ensuring that you're equipped with the most up-to-date science. The book also includes an all-new CD-ROM with plenty of reproducible worksheets, parent information and newsletters, school health resources, and other teacher resource materials. Like the popular first edition, Planet Health provides
-35 complete, ready-to-use lesson plans and 31 microunits that promote healthy nutrition and activity;

-materials and instructions to implement Power Down, a two-week campaign to reduce television and other media viewing time, which you can launch in the classroom or school-wide; and

-FitCheck, a self-assessment tool to help students track and improve their activity levels.

In addition, the book includes access to a Web site, which features a teacher training PowerPoint presentation, a Planet Heath FAQ, and more. Planet Health, Second Edition, encourages students to think holistically about how health behaviors are interrelated, and it offers a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. With this approach, you can build on your students' knowledge and experiences to create an active, inquiry-based, student-centered learning environment--one in which students learn best as they construct meaning for themselves.

Developed by educators and scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health, Planet Health, Second Edition, is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Curriculum Frameworks (learning standards) for health, language arts, math, science and technology, and history and social science, and it meets the standards in many other states. Every Planet Health lesson incorporates a range of language arts learning standards and engages students through discussion ideas for small or large groups in which they cooperatively learn and solve health-related issues. Active discussions are used to encourage higher-level thinking and cognition, and peer-group work fosters social development.

This new edition of Planet Health is the perfect antidote to kids' inactivity, poor food choices, and high levels of screen-viewing time. Acquiring good habits regarding nutrition and physical activity in adolescence often carries over into adulthood. Help your students develop good habits now with Planet Health, Second Edition, and they'll have a better chance of growing into healthy adults.


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Getting Started 455
Foundation Lessons for 5tudents
Charting Screen Time
Language Arts 69
Energy Food
The Language of Food
Important Messages
Global Foods 591
Around the World With Five a Day
Map Maker
Lesson 5? Free to Be Fit
Food Rituals and Society 457
Introducing Exercise and Fitness
FE Microunitg Lets Get Started on Being Fit

Go for the Goal 151
Research One
Making Healthy Choices
Lesson12 Figuring Out Fat
Whats for Lunch?
Calcium and Iron
Fat Functions
Smart Snacks
The Plants We Eat 511
Foods for Energy 525
Muscle Mysteries 557
Food Through the Ages 571
Democracy and Diet 562
FE Microunit 4 Charting Your FitScore Fit 1 Score
PE Microunit7 Setting Goals for Personal Fitness
PE MWWWIO Frequency Intensity Time and Type
Improving Fitness
IE Microunit15 Improving Flexibility
FE Microunitl7 Knowing Your Resting Heart Rate
FE Microunit 19 Be Active Now for a Healthy Heart Later
Get Ready to Exercise
PE Microunit 26 Dance for Fitness
The Human Heart
How Far Can You Jump?
Appendix B Physical Activity Resources
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Jill Carter, MA, EdM, is wellness coordinator for Boston Public Schools. For the past 10 years, she has worked on curriculum development, implementation, training, and research of school-based nutrition and physical activity programs. From 1996 to 1997 she was the curriculum development coordinator for the School-Based Wellness Initiative in the department of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health. Ms. Carter's years of experience as a high school and middle school science teacher provided her with the experience to design a curriculum that encourages active, inquiry-based learning across multiple disciplines. She earned her master of education degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University and her master of arts degree in exercise physiology from the University of Iowa.

Jean Wiecha, PhD, is a senior research scientist for the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wiecha's research focuses on improving children's nutrition and physical activity habits. She has been working in the field for over 20 years and has published numerous studies on child nutrition and prevention of obesity. From 1994 to 1997, as a project director for the School-Based Wellness Initiative in the department of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health, she managed the federal research grant to develop, implement, and evaluate Planet Health. Dr. Wiecha earned her doctoral and master of science degrees in human nutrition from Tufts University.

Karen E. Peterson, ScD, is an associate professor of nutrition in the departments of nutrition and of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health. As director of public health nutrition, she oversees a program of translational research and graduate training focused on solving nutrition-related public health problems through leadership, innovation, and partnership. She draws from 15 years of experience counseling and administering nutrition services for children in clinical, community, and state health care settings. Dr. Peterson was coprincipal investigator of the Planet Health intervention trial. She earned her doctorate in nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Suzanne Nobrega, MS, is an independent project consultant in health communications and is project manager for a worksite health promotion intervention study. Both her master of science and bachelor of science degrees are in nutritional science, and she has over 15 years of experience in program management and materials development for health promotion programs aimed at children and families.

Steven L. Gortmaker, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the department of health and social behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health and principal investigator and director of the Harvard Research Prevention Center. He was also principal investigator of the Planet Health intervention trial. For the past 20 years, he has researched and practiced in the areas of children's nutrition and physical activity and has published more than 80 research articles. He was involved in early studies to document the increase of obesity in young people and television viewing as a cause of obesity. He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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