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Nutrition Lesson: Students Research Fad Diets + "Is This Diet Healthy?": High School Health Curriculum Health Lessons

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In this nutrition lesson students will be surprised to learn just how unhealthy many diets are. This 1 to 5 day resource is so informative for teens. By the end of these lessons, students will have the tools to discern if a diet is healthy or unhealthy, and know that the ideal plan is to try to eat healthy for life!!


This digital download product, is editable in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for print and online on Google Drive.


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>> Integrated Skills Based, Content Based / Knowledge Based. The best of both worlds.

>> Meets HS/MS National Health Education Standards. 

>> Meets HS/MS Technical Subjects Health Common Core Standards.

>> Meets Washington State’s rigorous Health Education Standards.



Why Purchase This Resource?


  • Students will learn how to recognize the common traits of "fad diets"
  • Students will learn how to eat healthy for life!
  • It's DIGITAL ON GOOGLE SLIDES! All the students worksheets, surveys, and PowerPoints are digital online on Google Slides
  • Up to date reliable website links are included to 40+ diets for students to research!
  • Includes 2 self-reflective surveys and a goal-setting worksheet
  • Students learn about healthy weight loss and understand how to change any of their OWN unhealthy habits for life!
  • This is low-prep and impactful!
  • All new PowerPoint background and graphics!
  • All newly updated website links and statistics!



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This lesson includes:


  • 40 pages of easy step-by-step teacher directions
  • "Is This Diet Healthy?" PowerPoint - 91 slides
  • "Obesity in the United States 1985 to 2021" PowerPoint - 41 slides
  • "Portion Distortion" PowerPoint - 14 slides
  • "Eating Healthy for Life" Survey
  • "Eating Healthy Goal Sheet"
  • "Are You Eating Healthy?" Survey
  • "Gaining Muscle Brochure"
  • "40 Best Diets List"


Here is More About Each Lesson:


DAY 1. Pre-Lesson:


  1. Understanding causes and dangers of being overweight or obese
  2. C.D.C's "Obesity by States" presentation
  3. Understanding calories
  4. Calories formula included to see how many calories EACH STUDENT needs a day according to their own weight and daily exercise
  5. Media literacy and recognizing false weight loss advertising
  6. Portion sizes info through the years!
  7. The difference between dieting and eating healthy goals
  8. Engaging videos


DAY 2 + 3. "Is This Diet Healthy?" Lessons:


  1. Explaining how to recognize a "fad" diet and dangers
  2. Recognizing types of Diets: Controlled Carbohydrates, Restriction Diets, Liquid Diets, Low Fat Diets, Food Combining, Fasting, Diet Pills and more
  3. 4 websites for 40+ diet examples
  4. 2 websites for "Dummest Diets" and "Diets You Should Never Try!"
  5. "Is This Diet Healthy" Worksheet" and activity, where students will learn 10 questions to ask to see if a diet is healthy or not.
  6. Students research a chosen diet and fill out worksheet
  7. Students will come away with the ability to judge a weight loss plan and be able to answer with conviction the question, "Is this diet healthy?"


DAY 4 + 5. Diet Share Out and Habits:


  1. Students share out their diet scores to class
  2. "Healthy Eating Personal Survey" and follow-up "Goal Sheet"
  3. PowerPoint slides will walk students through information on "HABITS"
  4. Students learn what happens in the brain when habits are formed and how to "trick" your brain into creating a new habit without too much "pain!"
  5. "Am I Eating Healthy?" Survey: a close look at any unhealthy habits THEY have and want to change (for life!)
  6. Inspiring videos on people losing weight in healthy ways and a brochure for those who want to gain weight.
  7. Optional Cube Art Project



★ Included in both Word and PDF formats for EDITING!



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      Customer Reviews

      Based on 16 reviews
      Samantha G.

      This has a plethora of information about diets and goes along well with my nutrition unit. I especially love the Obesity Slideshow.

      Sarah Casey PE

      Great resource that I used with my middle school students. 8th grade was especially interested.

      Amy K.

      This lesson was awesome that my students were able to work in groups to present their google slide show.

      Melinda N.

      Excellent resource with engaging lessons,love this!

      Anne S.

      Students enjoyed the lesson