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Taking Charge of My Health - Lesson Plan Bundle (4 Lesson Plans)

Taking Charge of My Health - Lesson Plan Bundle (4 Lesson Plans)

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Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. In this unit, students will understand how to take charge of their own health by learning about the pillars of health, why what we eat matters, how our food affects our mood, and how eating well can be fun. 

Grades level: 6-8

Lesson Plan Durations: 45-60 mins


  • Lesson Plan 1: Pillars of Health
  • Lesson Plan 2: What I Eat Matters
  • Lesson Plan 3: Foods that Help My Mood & Mind
  • Lesson Plan 4: Open Up Your Own Healthy Restaurant

Learning outcomes:

It is expected that students will: 

  • Recognize what the five pillars of health are 
  • Identify how to pursue their healthy-living goals around each pillar
  • Demonstrate an understanding of strategies that can help them take control of their health and pursue well-being
  • Recognize what a balanced meal looks like
  • Identify what ingredients in foods are beneficial for them and what ingredients may be harmful
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to incorporate
  • Recognize what foods improve their mood and mind 
  • Identify what impacts their eating habits and reflect on the potential health effects of these habits
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a personalized health plan that best reflects their culture, preferences, and healthy-living goals
  • Recognize what foods can be included in a healthy restaurant
  • Identify what foods reflect their own personal tastes, preferences, goals, and culture
  • Demonstrate the value of eating in a community with friends and family

Bundle includes: 

  • All Taking Charge of My Health lesson plans and accompanying printable material

Required Materials (Not Included):

Pillars of Health

What I Eat Matters

  • TED-Ed: How Sugar Affects The Brain (YouTube
  • Food items from students

Foods that Help My Mood & Mind

  • TED-Ed: How the food you eat affects your brain (YouTube)
  • TED-Ed: How the food you eat affects your gut (YouTube

Open Up Your Own Healthy Restaurant

  • Inside One Of The World's Best Restaurants, Noma (YouTube)
  • Le Louis XV Restaurant in Monaco, Monte Carlo (YouTube)
  • A menu creating software, such as Canva (it’s free)

NB: Purchase includes access to streamable video and downloadable resources for 6 months.

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