Eat Move Win Perspective #2: Trading Out-of-Date Textbooks for Up-to-Date High School Nutrition Lesson Plans


Eat Move Win Perspective #2: Trading Out-of-Date Textbooks for Up-to-Date High School Nutrition Lesson Plans

14, January 2019 12:00 PM

Eat Move Win Perspective #2: Trading Out-of-Date Textbooks for Up-to-Date High School Nutrition Lesson Plans

High school health, science, and PE teachers all over the U.S. are looking for a nutrition curriculum that is comprehensive, current and—most importantly—fun. Our Eat Move Win program fits the bill. Eat Move Win is an interactive, five-lesson program that empowers high school students to take small steps to better eating and healthier habits.

Created in collaboration with registered dietitian nutritionists and education professionals, Eat Move Win provides an engaging learning experience for students, while leveraging technology to help teachers work smarter, not harder.

We believe you’ll love our program, but we want you to hear from other teachers as well. In this series we’ll introduce you to five teachers that have experienced and loved our program. Read on to see the solution Eat Move Win offered to a teacher trying to build nutrition into her curriculum with an out-of-date textbook.

Click here to read the previous perspective.

Jessica is a health career instructor, teaching 10th and 11th graders medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and medical assisting with a nutrition component. She teaches at a Vo-Tech High School in Wilmington, Delaware, the most populous city in the state, positioned at the confluence of the Christina and Brandywine rivers.

Jessica decided to pursue a career in teaching after working for fourteen years as a Registered Nurse. She earned her teaching credential and has now worked for two years at the high school that she once attended.

The Problem

After adding a nutrition component to her classes the previous year, Jessica was looking for specific activities to augment her lesson plans that would make the class fun and interesting for her students. The existing textbook used at the school was completely out of date and did not cover the topic of nutrition adequately.

While she had her own ideas about teaching nutrition to high school students, she also wanted something that allowed them to learn at their own pace. She hoped it would also be portable if they were out of class for periods of time.

Finding the Solution

In her quest to find something fun and informative to add to her nutrition lesson plans, Jessica searched online for “creative nutrition classroom activities”. Eat Move Win appeared in her search engine results page. Interestingly, she had already been using several tools in her classes including the Kahoots teaching element, but had not been aware of Eat Move Win as a complete package ready to plug in to her nutrition teaching strategy.

Her criteria for the solution were:

  • Cost

  • Ease of use

  • Completeness of the solution

After thoroughly examining the other results, Jessica found that nothing was as complete as Eat Move Win. It was an easy decision to adopt this solution, particularly since it was totally free.

Implementing the Solution

Jessica relied heavily on the applications of the content that were covered during the lectures. She also used the quizzes to determine whether the students were grasping the concepts taught in each module. This helped her to decide whether or not to move on to the next section.

While using Eat Move Win in one of her nutrition classes, the Director of Assessment and Accountability, who was auditing her class, pulled her aside to inquire about the program. He was ecstatic about the package and went on to promote it to other teachers at the school.

When asked about her experience with the software registration Jessica told about a time that the Eat Move Win server went down. She immediately contacted their technical support team, who resolved the problem quickly, right in the middle of her class. This was the only bump in the road during her time using the program.

The Results

The students clearly benefited from the program, as Jessica repeatedly received feedback regarding food choices they were making based on the information in the curriculum. This went on for up to six months after the nutrition class was over.

At an end-of-the-year school party, students brought food to share and were making reference to the trade-offs they made when selecting which foods to bring in. Jessica was excited to hear them talking about practical applications of the program.

“From a teacher’s standpoint the program was wonderful because it saved me a lot of time—the ‘teacher view’ was priceless. It’s a great program, kudos to those who put the time and effort into putting this together.”

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