Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teens Eat Right—A FREE resource for teachers

SCAN is pleased to offer another FREE resource—Teens Eat Right. Teens Eat Right is a slide presentation with notes, cleverly developed handouts, and a quiz with answer key. It was developed to help teachers (and others who interface with teenagers) to help teens make healthy food choices. It can be ordered and downloaded free of charge here: http://www.scandpg.org/store/products/10129/

The slides and lesson plans were developed by Carol Lapin, MS, RD, CSSD, who is also co-director of SCAN's Wellness and Cardiovascular RDs subunit. Carol is a former high school teacher so she knows what grabs kids' attention. I call Carol the "rabbit" partly because she is always sniffing around finding new ideas (also because lapin is the French word for rabbit). Here's a sample of one of the slides:

There are notes for each slide and the data included were collected by Alicia Moag-Stahlberg, MS, RD, CSSD. Several people were involved in helping with the handouts including Pamela Nisevich Bede, MS, RD, CSSD, Linda Steakley, MS, RD, LD, Donna Bassi, RD, LDN, Maureen Mason, MS, RD, Jill Hobbs, MS, RD, LDH and Jill Eagen, MPH, RD (If I've forgotten anyone let me know, but blame Carol).

The Teens Eat Right materials are intended to be humorous with images that catch the eye and make you laugh (don't miss the toddler looking for food in the refrigerator). However, we all know the seriousness of the problem and this can help engage teens on the topic of healthy eating. SCAN hopes this will be a valuable resource for teachers and dietitians; Please tell a colleague that it is available.

Teens Eat Right—IBIWISI (I'll Believe It When I See It)—but maybe this will help move us towards our goal. Best, Marie

Marie Dunford, PhD, RD
SCAN's volunteer web editor