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Obesity in America Lesson Plans

Students will watch a documentary about the obesity epidemic in America, form their position on the Big-Soda Ban and devise a plan of action to fight obesity in their community.

View the video Obesity in America by ABC News

Discussion Guide


Lesson Plan 1- Who’s to Blame for Obesity

Objective:  Students will view a documentary about the obesity epidemic in America and participate in a discussion


Lesson Plan 2- Big Soda Ban

Objective:  Students will learn about the ban of big sodas in New York and California, conduct further research and create a presentation to express their position on the issue


Lesson Plan 3- Taking Action

Objective:  Students will work in groups to design a plan of action to fight obesity in their community


21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Use systems thinking
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Analyze Media
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
Obesity in America
Living Large by NPR
How Obesity Threatens America’s Future
Obesity Epidemic
Help Cure Child Obesity

Additional Resources from Global Issues in Context:
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Access to Healthcare
Heart Disease
Public Health and Infectious Disease

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Posted on: September 6, 2012, 9:30 am Category: Lesson Plans and School Projects Tagged with: , ,

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