Welcome to Over-the-Counter: Evaluating Dietary Supplements, the second lesson in the Classroom Edition of That's Dope.
This curriculum is designed to equip your students with the knowledge they need to make healthy choices in a variety of situations and to prevent the abuse of steroids and dietary supplements. Your students will gain:
- Skills for responsible and healthy decision-making
- Healthy alternatives to performance-enhancing drug use
- Consumerism skills
- Tools for making balanced food choices
- Heredity and body type knowledge
That’s Dope also meets National Standards in Physical Education and Health, Language Arts (reading and writing) and Science. The curriculum is easily adaptable to a variety of settings, including classrooms of various subject areas, integrated teaching, and even nontraditional classrooms like weight rooms and locker rooms. ThatsDope.org
is a complementary website with further information and more interactive activities.
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Students will examine dietary supplement manufacturing issues, including the potential for contamination, possible health effects and advertising.
Back to TopPhysical Education and Health
1: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
2: Health Information, Products and Services
4: Influences on HealthLanguage Arts K-12
1: Reading for Perspective
3: Evaluation Strategies
6: Applying Knowledge
7: Evaluating DataScience 9-12
6: Personal and Social Perspectives– Personal
and Community Health
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As a result of this activity, students will be able to:
- Define dietary supplements.
- Identify potentially harmful dietary supplements, such as pro-hormones and stimulants.
- Evaluate the truthfulness of a dietary supplement ad.
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- That's Dope: Student Activities
: one corresponding student activities packet for each student
- That's Dope: Facilitator's Guide
: one guide for the facilitator
: Using the Over-the-Counter section of the student activities packet, have students write down their definition of a dietary supplement in the space provided. Discuss their answers.
: Continuing in the student activities packet, have students read through the dietary supplement content as a class. Check for understanding throughout.
3. Move on to the advertising section. Prepare in advance by printing off a variety of dietary supplement and energy drink ads. Examples of web resources to obtain ads include:
4. Break the class into groups of three or four students and distribute an ad to each group.
5. Have each group critically evaluate their ad and answer all questions.
: Come together and review the answers of each group. Have each group provide a justification for their advertisement evaluation.
: Questions to check for understanding:
- What is a dietary supplement?
- Can stimulant drinks be dangerous? How?
- How can you tell if an ad is truthful?
8. Real-time application analysis
: Print off or have students download the USADA Spirit of Sport newsletter article “Supplements & Sanctions: A Cautionary Tale”
(Pg. 1 and 2)
- Have students read this article about Olympic hopeful wrestler, Nathan Piasecki, and his story of dietary supplement use, consumerism and performance.
- Ask students to put themselves in his place, analyze his choices leading to being banned from sport and identify steps they could take to avoid making a similar mistake..
9. Have students take the Over-the-Counter Assessment on page 15 of the student activities packet.
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1. Have students visit and review www.thatsdope.org/overcounter
2. Print off or ask students to download and read the stories about dietary supplements at the following links and go through the associated enrichment questions or tasks:
- “Does ‘Energy Drink’ In = Energy Out?” - www.usada.org/go/energydrinks (Pg. 5 and 6): Have students examine their own use of these energy drink products, determine whether they have made good consumer choices and how they can make better consumer choices in the future.
- “Supplements: Are You at Risk?” - www.usada.org/go/supplementrisk (Pg. 6) and “It’s a Jungle Out There” - www.usada.org/go/educatedconsumer (bottom of Pg. 3): Have students list what vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements they use or are familiar with. Using the information in the articles, have them determine whether the products they use/are familiar with are at a higher or lower risk for contamination. For extra credit, have students investigate the rules for Good Manufacturing Practices.
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That's Dope: Student Activities
: Download the complete corresponding student packet. That's Dope: Part 1—The Edge: Investigating Healthy Performance Strategies
: In this first That's Dope lesson, students will look at healthy alternatives to performance-enhancing drugs and effective ways to naturally improve athletic performance without using steroids.That's Dope Curriculum Assessment
: Please take a moment to provide feedback on USADA's That's Dope curriculum.
100% Me: Part 1—Decision Making: Why My Choices Matter
: In this first 100% Me lesson, 6th-8th grade students will gain skills for responsible and healthy decision-making.100% Me: Part 2—Athletics: Improving Your Athletic Performance
: In this second 100% Me lesson, 6th-8th grade students will learn about healthy alternatives to performance-enhancing drug use.100% Me: Part 3—Steroids and Supplements: The Truth About Performance-Enhancing Substances
: In this third 100% Me lesson, 6th-8th grade students will develop skills for smart consumerism regarding dietary supplements and energy drinks.
100% Me: Part 4—Our Unique Qualities: Genes, Traits and Body Types
: In this fourth 100% Me lesson, 6th-8th grade students will investigate heredity and gain body type knowledge.
100% Me: Part 5—Nutrition: Putting My Plate into The Picture
: In this fifth 100% Me lesson, 6th-8th grade students will learn about tools for making balanced food choices.USADA True Sport Awards Program
: Teachers, districts and students can enter to win a True Sport Award for their middle or high school program.
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