Minggu, 05 Juli 2015

Childhood Obesity Prevention Lesson Plans

Unit: Healthy Living
Title of lesson plan: Childhood Obesity
Grade level: 9th grade
Teacher: Paris Williams
Duration: 60 minutes
State learning standards: 22.A.3a Identify and describe ways to reduce health risks common to adolescents (e.g., exercise, diet, refusal of harmful substances).

Childhood Obesity Prevention Lesson Plans


  • To educate students about the health risk associated with childhood obesity.
  • To teach students how to make healthy food choices and how to stay physically fit.
  • Materials/Preparation:
  • 2 handouts that make students aware of the unhealthy food and activity choices they make.
  • Power point that has facts about childhood obesity, short and long term effects of childhood obesity, and how to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Multiple choice quiz.


Introduce yourself and briefly explain what they will be learning today.

  • Minutes 1-5: Handout worksheets that I left in the folder on my desk. Have students fill out a handout that gives them choices to make between different foods, one unhealthy and the other healthy, and different activities, one active and the other inactive and collect them.
  • Minutes 6-20: Open the power point titled childhood obesity that is located on the flash drive in the top drawer of my desk. Show students power point that has these facts about childhood obesity.

  1. Childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in last 30 years.
  2. More than one third of children and adolescents were considered obese in 2010.
  3. Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height.
  4. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.
  5. Ask students to come up with reasons why children and adolescents are more obese now.

Minutes 21-35: Show students the next part of power point that talks about short and long term health risks associated with childhood obesity.

1. Short term effects

  • Children and adolescents are more likely to have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
  • They are at high risk for diabetes.
  • More likely to have psychological problems and low self-esteem.
  • Bone and joint problems.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Asthma.

2. Long-term effects:

  • More likely to be obese adults.
  • Associated with increased risk for many types of cancer.
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Menstrual irregularity and infertility for women.
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression

Minutes 36-40: Stop power point and give students another copy of the same handout, which is located in the same folder, that they received at the beginning of class to see if their answers changed after hearing the health risk associated with childhood obesity.
Minutes 41-55: Return to power point to talk about how to prevent childhood obesity.

  • Eating healthier
  • Staying physically active for at least an hour a day.
  • Stop rewarding children with unhealthy food.
  • Stop forcing children to “clean plate” after they are full.
  • Pack healthy school lunches.

Minutes 56-60: Give students quiz, located in the same folder as the handouts, that shows what they learned.

Collect quizzes and dismiss students at the bell. If in case they finish early instruct them to read the next chapter in their textbooks quietly.

resource : https://sites.google.com/site/healthyhighschoolers/lesson-2-childhood-obesity