1. After watching the video, ask students: How would you describe a healthy person? Write their answers on the boa rd. Possible answers include
2. Ask students to write down an aspect of their lifestyle that they'd like to change or improve-for example, "eat a healthier diet" or "get more exercise." Then, have them to list one or two specific ways they could make that change-for example, "eat five fruits and vegetables every day" or "take walks after school, at least three times a week."
3. Explain that they're going to research the lifestyle aspect they'd like to change and then create an action plan in the form of a letter to themselves.
4. Once students have chosen a lifestyle aspect to change, give them this list of questions to address in their letter:
5. Have students use print and online resources in their research. These Web sites contain helpful information:
Food and Fitness
TeensHealth: Food and Fitness
Discovery Health: Nutrition Center
USDA: The Food Guide Pyramid
FDA: Guidance on How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Panel on Food Labels
Dole: 5 a Day
Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol
TeensHealth: Drugs and Alcohol
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency: Facts and Information
The Addiction Cycle
Scholastic: Real News about Drugs and Your Body
Discovery Health: Diseases and Conditions Encyclopedia: Depression
Teen Health: Depression
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Depression
6. Because students' letters may be personal, you shouldn't share them with the class. Instead, ask students to pull a few lines or a short paragraph that they believe might motivate another student wishing to change the same habit. Tell them that these quotes will be anonymously posted on a "healthy habits" board.
Definition: A medical condition that leads to intense, prolonged feelings of sadness or despair
Context: A person suffering from depression may lose interest in things they enjoy, feel tired or irritable, or experience a change in appetite.
Definition: The food and drink that a person consumes; a balanced diet is based on the scientific principles that healthful foods and appropriate nutrients must be consumed each day.
Context: Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.
Definition: Substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and cocaine, which are unhealthy, often illegal, and can lead to addiction
Context: Although alcohol and nicotine are legal drugs, they can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs like marijuana and heroin.
Food Guide Pyramid
Definition: A visual representation of the number of recommended daily servings in each of the six food groups
Context: According to the Food Guide Pyramid, people should eat two to three servings of dairy foods, like milk or cheese, every day.
Definition: Substances, including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, found in foods that people need to stay healthy
Context: Eat a variety of foods to get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Definition: A poisonous substance derived from tobacco; the substance that causes addiction to cigarettes
Context: When people smoke cigarettes, nicotine enters their bloodstream.
Definition: The dried leaves of the plant Nicotiana tabacum or related species
Context: Tobacco, used in cigarettes and chew, contains the poisonous substance nicotine.