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ERIC Number: EJ1037372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
A Healthful Balance
Hernandez, Patricia; Jones, Sheila
Science and Children, v51 n8 p54-58 Apr 2014
By now, we are all aware of the effect of super-sized food portions. Very young children regulate their food intake by internal cues (when they feel full) rather than by portion size. As children age, external cues have more influence than internal cues. Hence, larger portion sizes promote more energy intake in older children, leading to caloric imbalance (Ello-Martin, Ledikwe, and Rolls 2005). Education is imperative for both parents and children to understand and implement ways to generate caloric balance. University professors, recognize this crisis and are equipping college students to address the epidemic and reduce risk factors for obesity. MyPlate, an educational program and website created by the USDA, integrates mathematics and science with nutrition. Using MyPlate as a springboard, Patricia Hernandez and Sheila Jones describe lessons they created using grade-appropriate manipulatives and concepts, anticipating that children could understand caloric balance and how to make wise food choices. This lesson is designed for second-grade mathematical skills and may be adapted for third and fourth grades.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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